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The Conversation Series was designed to introduce Chamber members to business leaders and their philosophy on work and life. Join us for a glass of wine and an intimate conversation with Bill Swanson and executive editor of The Tribune, Sandra Duerr.
Bill Swanson joined Raytheon in 1972 and held a wide range of leadership positions in his 42-plus year career with the Fortune 100 company. He retired in 2014 after serving as chairman and CEO for 10 years.
During his tenure as CEO, Raytheon’s sales grew 26 percent, its stock price and dividend each increased three-fold, and company debt was virtually eliminated.
He also strengthened Raytheon’s culture with a focus on core company values, ethics, diversity and the customer, while transforming the company’s community engagement by championing corporate responsibility, STEM education and armed services support.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, he is an active member and leader on a variety of boards in the business, education, and non-profit sectors. A native of California, Swanson graduated magna cum laude from Cal Poly with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and has an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pepperdine University and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Cal Poly.