David Zabalaoui

Communications Director


Director, Strategy
Strategic Space Systems Division
Northrop Grumman Space Systems

Mr. Zabalaoui serves as the Strategic Space Systems Director of Strategy at Northrop Grumman Space Systems, a premier provider space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security.

David Zabalaoui has over 30 years of aerospace and defense experience. Before transitioning to his current role, he led Space Systems Business Development, and prior to that, he led Operations and Integration for the Business and Advanced Systems Development organization, where he provided functional leadership across a breadth of activities including business management, human capital strategies, proposal development and operational effectiveness.

Earlier in his career, he served as director of operations for Space Systems Business Development, leading process development and implementation, cross-sector BD initiatives, and day to day operations. He has also held leadership roles in marketing and market development, and began his Northrop Grumman career as a System Engineer working across multiple space programs. Throughout his career, David has been able to support every space mission area.

David also served in the U.S. Air Force at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, California, where he held a variety of roles in the Milsatcom mission area addressing terminal to satellite interfaces, user requirements, and system engineering. In his final assignment, he served as the Milstar Joint Program Office Executive Officer.

Mr. Zabalaoui earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, as part of the TRW Fellowship Program. He is one of Northrop Grumman’s first certified Six Sigma black belts, and is a graduate of the 2013 NGAS Program Management Conference.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in space systems, aeronautic systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.