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Q&A: How Raytheon Emirates is stronger in merger, responding to pandemic and investing in research

Alan Davis, chief executive of Raytheon Emirates

Alan Davis, chief executive of Raytheon Emirates, spoke to The Business Year about the 2020 merger, effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and investment in research. The following is a summary of their discussion; the full story can be found here.

How will being part of a newly merged Raytheon Technologies impact your business in the United Arab Emirates?

We develop transformative technologies to make air travel safer and more connected, defense systems smarter to keep our customers ahead of threats, and intelligent space technologies to enable progress for humankind. Raytheon Emirates will continue to work with our UAE customers on four business areas: cybersecurity, effectors, air and missile defense, and enabling technology.

What role do women play in the defense and security industry?

Gender parity ensures diversity of thought and is critically important to the future of innovation. Last year, Raytheon Emirates hosted its second Women in Technology panel discussion to celebrate the achievements of women and encourage more young females to pursue technology careers.

What steps did Raytheon Emirates take to ensure the safety of employees and the community at the onset of the pandemic?

We had to strike a balance between the health and safety of our workforce and their families and continuing operations for our customers in the UAE and globally. Very quickly, we followed local guidance in the UAE as well as company guidance to implement remote working. We are also producing our own hand sanitizers and personal protective equipment and have used some of our U.S. and global factories and technologies to produce ventilators.

How agile and flexible are you as an organization?

The resilience of a company or nation rests on its core values—trust, respect, accountability, collaboration and innovation—which are all interconnected. An immediate and highly relatable example is remote working. We have the creativity, innovation and trust across our leadership, employees and customers that allow us to execute what is critical.

What measures have Raytheon Emirates taken to ensure cybersecurity?

Raytheon Technologies continues to lead in this space and wants to be a catalyst in that business to protect data. As we emerge from this pandemic, we will still see a substantial number of people working from home and continue to have conversations online instead of face-to-face. All that information and technology must be protected and safeguarded, and we continue to look for opportunities and solutions for those customers.

How did this crisis push Raytheon Technologies to invest more in research and development?

Raytheon Technologies has nearly a century of expertise, including more than 50 years of success in the region. A key part of this success has been our ability to keep pace and align our R&D with relevant, upcoming threats and subsequent market effects. No one could predict the pandemic, yet we moved fast by accelerating use of our existing technology and finding new derivatives we could adapt to our business.

How have you reprioritized local human resources?

We take great pride in putting several Emiratis in key positions at Raytheon Emirates, especially given the maturity of our business. Going forward, we are looking at planning, manpower, skillsets and demand signals on where we can provide and include resources.

Published On: 02/05/2021
Last Updated: 02/18/2021