Cheryl Whitis is the chief information officer and vice president of Information Technology at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona. In this position, she leads a complex IT environment supporting more than 12,000 employees and multiple Missile Systems global locations. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
In her former role as chief information officer and vice president of Information Technology for Raytheon's Network Centric Systems (NCS) business, Whitis led numerous efforts to increase the value of information technology to grow the NCS business and drive a "One Company Environment" She was responsible for winning the Customs and Border Patrol infrastructure contract and led optimization initiatives that resulted in significant cost savings, improved performance, and better integration of acquisitions.
Whitis has more than 30 years of experience managing efforts that span all facets of IT for companies and government agencies. Her accolades include being named one of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT leaders in 2010, L3 Communications and ClO magazine recognized her organization (Integrated Systems) as one of the top 100 Agile Information Technology Organizations in 2004. Whitis earned an associate degree in data processing from Cameron University and a bachelor's degree in business management from LeTourneau University. She is also a graduate of Raytheon's Executive Leadership Summit.