Thomas A. Kennedy on the passing of former Raytheon Chairman and CEO Dennis J. Picard

Raytheon Chairman Emeritus Dennis J. Picard. (Image: Northeastern University)

Former Raytheon Chairman and CEO Dennis J. Picard passed away on October 21, 2019. He was 87 years old. The following is a statement from current Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Kennedy:

I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of former Raytheon Chairman and CEO Dennis J. Picard, one of our company’s transformational leaders. 

Dennis was a talented engineer and legendary executive whose accomplishments continue to directly benefit Raytheon to this day. Dennis oversaw completion of the Patriot franchise and later championed it as a missile defense system. And it was his bold vision and business savvy that enabled Raytheon to emerge from an uncertain period of post-Cold War industry consolidation as a global defense technology leader. 

Dennis was known for his leadership in the community, including his support of Northeastern University’s cooperative education program. The program has helped thousands of engineering students over the years learn on the job and find rewarding careers at Raytheon. 

On behalf of all the members of the Raytheon family past and present, our condolences are with Dennis’ wife, Delores, their family and many friends.     

Published On: 10/23/2019
Last Updated: 10/23/2019