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William H. Swanson
Chairman and CEO, Raytheon Company

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

B.S. Industrial Engineering (1972)
  • After graduation in 1972 joined Raytheon in Santa Barbara as its highest-paid starting engineer.
  • Career progressed rapidly by being named the company's youngest vice president in 1987; senior vice president in 1990, overseeing Raytheon's largest business; and chairman of Raytheon Company in 2004.
  • Career at Raytheon has spanned over 39 years.
  • Received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pepperdine University in 2002 and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Cal Poly in 2005.

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