Wesley G. Bush has been elected to the General Motors Board of Directors, bringing the number of board members to 13, 12 of whom are non-employee directors.
Wesley “Wes” Bush currently serves as the chairman of Northrop Grumman’s Board of Directors and served as the chief executive officer of Northrop Grumman from 2010 through 2018.
In a statement, GM said Bush has “served in various leadership roles,” at Northrop Grumman, including “as the company’s president and chief operating officer, corporate vice president and chief financial officer, and president of its Space Technology sector.”
Bush also served in various leadership roles at Michigan-based aeronautics company and automotive supplier TRW prior to its acquisition by Northrop Grumman in 2001.
Bush, 57, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has completed the Executive Management Program at the University of California Los Angeles. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
According to Reuters, Bush also serves on the boards “of several non-profit organizations, including the Aerospace Industries Association, the Business-Higher Education Forum, Conservation International, INOVA Health Systems, the Naval Academy Foundation and the USO.”
In a statement made previously, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said Bush would “bring strong financial acumen, excellent strategic instincts and an ability to think broadly about complex business issues to our board.”
Bush’s appointment comes as the automaker is looking to expand its GM Defense division. Northrop Grumman is the world’s fifth largest arms trading company, giving Bush a wealth of knowledge in the sector that should prove to be extremely beneficial to the future of GM Defense.
Last year, Jami Miscik, the CEO and vice chairman of New York based consulting form Kissinger Associates, also joined GM’s board. Devin Wenig, eBay’s president and CEO, joined the automaker’s board in 2018 as well, just after the automaker announced intentions to expand its e-commerce business and monetize in-car apps for shopping and ordering.