UC Berkeley honors Raytheon CIO with lifetime achievement award
Rebecca Rhoads chosen for technology excellence, work in education and diversity
The Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley has awarded Raytheon executive Rebecca Rhoads its prestigious 2015 Fisher-Hopper Prize for Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership.
The university selected Rhoads, president of Raytheon's Global Business Services and chief information officer, for her history of technology excellence, strong advocacy for Science Technology Engineer and Math (STEM) education, and consistent support for more women, diversity, and inclusion in technology careers. She has served as Raytheon’s CIO for more than 14 years and has led the 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,“ Rhoads said.
The university gives the award in honor of the late Don Fisher (1928-2009), co-founder of The Gap, and Max Hopper (1934-2010), author of the Sabre system, used today by airlines, railways, hotels, travel agents, and other travel companies worldwide.
“Don Fisher and Ian Hopper were pioneers in their industries and I hope that my own legacy makes it easier for all to embrace STEM education and career paths,” Rhoads said.
Recipients of the 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 from Cardinal Health, Charles Schwab, Chemical Bank, Cisco, FedEX, FannieMae, FritoLay, Kroger, Marriott, Merrill-Lynch, Procter & Gamble, the US 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).