10 Things You Didn’t Know about Raytheon CEO Thomas Kennedy

Thomas Kennedy has been both the CEO and the Chairman of Raytheon since 2014. For those who are unfamiliar with the name, the Raytheon Company is a U.S.-based defense contractor that produces a wide range of products. In particular, it is famous for its status as the single most prolific producer of guided missiles that can be found in the entire world. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about Thomas Kennedy:

1. Thomas Means Twin

Thomas is a name of Aramaic origin meaning “twin.” It has been a popular name since medieval times, not least because of St. Thomas the Apostle, who some people might better-recognize as “Doubting Thomas.” Amusingly, the meaning of the name has resulted in a number of theories about whose twin Thomas is supposed to be.

2. Kennedy Is the English Version of a Gaelic Name

Kennedy is the English version of a Gaelic name, which explains its connection with people with either Irish or Scottish heritage. However, it is unclear which Gaelic name it came from, not least because it might have come from more than one. For example, it is possible that it is the English version of a name meaning the grandson of someone named “helmet-headed.” However, it is possible that it is the English version of a name meaning the grandson of someone named “helmeted chief” as well.

3. Went to Rutgers University

For his bachelor’s degree, Kennedy went to Rutgers University, which is the single biggest institution of higher learning that can be found in the whole of New Jersey. He graduated from said school with a BS in Electrical Engineering, which was followed up by a MS from the Air Force Institute of Technology as well as a doctoral degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

4. Started Out in Radar Development

Kennedy started out as someone who was working on radar development for Raytheon. Over time, he became a member of the corporation’s senior leadership by rising through the ranks.

5. Served as COO and Executive Vice-President

For instance, Kennedy served as the COO as well as the executive vice-president of Raytheon before he rose to the position of its CEO. Since the COO tends to be the one in charge of overseeing a corporation’s operations, it is no exaggeration to say that the position tends to be situated just below the CEO on a corporate hierarchy, which makes sense because of the sheer breadth of its responsibilities.

6. Believes that Raytheon Is Insulated from Tariffs

Kennedy has stated in an interview that he believes that Raytheon is more insulated from Trump’s tariffs than a lot of the other U.S.-based corporations out there. For example, he has claimed that Raytheon won’t be impacted by steel and aluminum tariffs because it was already getting its supplies of those materials from U.S. sources.

7. Believes that Demand for Raytheon Products Won’t Be Impacted by Trade Wars

On a related note, Kennedy believes that foreign interest in Raytheon products won’t be impacted by Trump’s trade wars with U.S. allies because in his opinion, those countries want said products to protect their sovereignty. However, there are other experts who disagree, pointing out that the purchase of military products can’t be separated from politics, meaning that U.S. allies tend to be more interested in buying U.S. military products when relationships are good and vice versa.

8. Sees the Importance of the Cyber Component

Like a lot of corporations, Raytheon sees the importance of cyber-related businesses, which is why the corporation bought up a number of such companies. With that said, while Kennedy continued the initiative, it started up even before he had become the CEO.

9. Believes that Success Is Based on Growth

In an interview with Defense News, Kennedy has stated that he believes that success is based on a focus on growth, which makes sense because companies that stand still are doomed to fall further and further behind their counterparts. As a result, he has overseen efforts to increase Raytheon’s share of foreign markets.

10. Believes in a Balance Between Short-Term and Long-Term Investor Needs

Kennedy believes in a balance between short-term and long-term investor needs. For those who are curious, short-term investor needs refer to the desire from investors for more dividends as well as more stock buybacks, which mean more earnings for them. However, a corporation can’t increase its earnings in the long run without investing some of its earnings into its operations, which would be the long-term investor needs.


Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Away
20 Things You Didn’t Know about Away
Steph Korey
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Away CEO Steph Korey
JD Byrider
How JD Byrider Became a Leading Auto Giant
George Carlin
20 George Carlin Quotes That Apply to Business
Pharmaceuticals
Is Denali Therapeutics a Solid Long Term Investment?
New York
How to File For Unemployment in New York
Ollie's Stock
Is Ollie’s Stock a Solid Long Term Investment?
State of Oregon
How to Apply for Unemployment in Oregon
Deschutes River
The 20 Best Things to Do in Bend, OR, for First Timers
Costa Di Mare
The 20 Most Romantic Restaurants in the United States
Ocean Drive
The 20 Best Things to do in Newport, RI For First Timers
Lake Merritt
The 20 Best Things to Do in Oakland, CA for First Timers
2020 Audi Q7 55 side
10 Things You Didn’t Know About the 2020 Audi Q7 55
Gumpert Nathalie EV
10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Gumpert Nathalie EV
Volvo's Polestar
Volvo’s Polestar May Be the Four-Door Electric Car of the Future
2021 Genesis GV80
10 Things You Didn’t Know About the 2021 Genesis GV80
I.N.O.X. Professional Diver
The 20 Best Swiss Army Watches of All-Time
Orrery Tourbillon REF. 2GGBP.U01A
The 10 Best Graham Watches Money Can Buy
Junghans Meister Pilot Chronscope Watch Black Dial Numerals 0273590.00
The 10 Best Junghans Watches Money Can Buy
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Moller Watches
Steven Crowder
How Steven Crowder Achieved a Net Worth of $3 Million
Don Lemon
How Don Lemon Achieved A Net Worth Of $10 Million
Sting
How Sting Achieved a Net Worth of $400 Million
Brooke Baldwin
How Brooke Baldwin Achieved a Net Worth of $1.5 Million