Raytheon CIO Honored with Fisher-Hopper Prize for CIO Leadership

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY’S HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—The Fisher CIO Leadership Program, Institute for Business Innovation, has awarded Rebecca Rhoads, Raytheon Company president of Global Business Services and chief information officer, with the fourth annual 2015 Fisher-Hopper Prize for Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership.

Ms. Rhoads was selected for her extraordinary career fostering technology excellence, providing strong advocacy for Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education, and demonstrating consistent support for more women, diversity, and inclusion in technology careers. She has served as Raytheon’s CIO for over 14 years and has also served as the president of its Global Business Services organization since it was formed in 2013.

“It is such an honor to be recognized by my peers for doing what I love to do. It’s hard but rewarding work,” said Rebecca. “Don Fisher and Max Hopper were pioneers in their industries and I hope my own legacy makes it easier for all to embrace STEM education and career paths.”

Recipients of this highly coveted information technology management award are selected through a peer review process.  Participants in the selection of Ms. Rhoads include current or past CIOs of Cardinal Health, Charles Schwab, Chemical Bank, Cisco, FedEx, Fannie Mae, Frito-Lay, Kroger, Marriott, Merrill-Lynch, Procter & Gamble, the U.S. Department of Defense, and WalMart. Previous winners of this award include Filippo Passerini of Procter & Gamble (2012), Chris Hjelm of Kroger (2013), and Patty Morrison of Cardinal Health (2014).

About the Award – The Fisher-Hopper Lifetime Achievement award is given in honor of the late

Don Fisher (1928-2009), co-founder of The Gap, and Max Hopper (1934-2010), author of American Airlines’ SABRE system, used today by airlines, railways, hotels, travel agents, and other travel companies worldwide. Awardees must demonstrate an enduring, positive, and far-reaching impact on their company and industry, as well as leadership excellence during a variety of business cycles. 

Ms. Rhoads will receive the award from last year’s winner, Patty Morrison, during the annual Renaissance CIO Banquet on September 17, 2015 at UC Berkeley’s Faculty Club, Berkeley. CA. The award ceremony follows the “Becoming a Digital CIO” conference, a full day of lectures and panel discussions by global IT management luminaries.



Jim Spitze, Executive Director
Fisher CIO Leadership Program, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
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