Raytheon Restructures Public Relations Department
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Raytheon Restructures Public Relations Department

Paul Holmes

LEXINGTON, MA—Raytheon is restructuring its corporate communications department in order to “strengthen the function overall and provide an enhanced level of support to business leaders company-wide.” The new appointments follow Raytheon’s recent reorganization of its government and defense businesses to be more agile, efficient and customer-focused.

“The recent changes to Raytheon’s business structure have given us a tremendous opportunity to place some of our most talented and capable communicators in key leadership roles where they can help the company achieve its strategic business objectives,” said Phyllis Piano, Raytheon vice president of corporate affairs and communications. Piano is the company’s top communications officer.

The new appointments include:

Patrick Coulter, previously vice president of communications for the company’s electronic systems group, has been named vice president, government and defense communications. Coulter will also provide communications support for Raytheon president William Swanson and reports to Piano.

Mark Day, previously director of public relations and marketing communications for the electronic systems business, has been named vice president, communications for Raytheon’s space and airborne systems business, reporting to SAS president Jack Kelble.

Michael Doble, who joins from the Washington office of Fleishman-Hillard, has been named vice president, communications for Raytheon’s intelligence and information systems, reporting to IIS president Mike Keebaugh.

Janet Kopec, who was senior manager, communications, for electronic systems, has been named vice president, communications for Raytheon’s Network Centric Systems business, reporting to NCS president Colin Schottlaender.

Colleen Niccum, formerly senior manager, external communications, for missile systems, has been named vice president, communications for Raytheon Missile Systems, reporting to Louise Francesconi, president of that business.

David Polk, formerly director of corporate media relations, has been named vice president, communications for Raytheon’s integrated defense systems, reporting to IDS president Ed Franklin.

Jackie Berger has been named vice president, communications and public affairs, for Raytheon Aircraft Company, reporting to Jim Schuster, chairman and chief executive officer of Raytheon Aircraft. Previously, she was director, corporate communications for Raytheon Systems in London.

Stephanie Ayres, previously director of the U.K. defense practice at APCO Worldwide, has been named director, corporate communications for Raytheon Systems in London. She reports to Bob McIntyre, managing director of RSL.

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