Top 25 Execs to Watch in 2020: Raytheon IIS’ David Wajsgras

David Wajsgras, Raytheon

David Wajsgras has held his senior leadership position at Raytheon since March 2015, and 2019 proved to be another outstanding year for the Intelligence, Information and Services business unit.

“The business continued its transformation and accelerated new technologies and capabilities for customer missions,” Wajsgras said.

Raytheon IIS has a revenue of more than $7 billion and 16,000 employees around the globe, including 4,000 in the D.C. area. In 2019, the business unit delivered strong financial results as it prioritized bringing the future faster to its customers.

Some of those 2019 highlights include:

  • Winning a $110 million cyber contract to secure military and infrastructure in the Middle East
  • Securing a $300 million contract to develop new space systems and flight software, and provide engineering, training and operations support for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Winning a $663 million contract to deliver a secure, wireless communications system enabling soldiers to communicate anywhere, anytime around the globe
  • Signing a memorandum of understanding to enhance the U.K.’s sovereign space capability
  • Performing cyber resiliency work for U.S. Air Force F-15 avionics systems
  • Deploying artificial intelligence for predictive maintenance on V-22 Ospreys and launching a virtual reality maintenance trainer for the aircraft
  • Executing partnerships with defense technology firm Black Sage to co-develop and market counter-UAS solutions, and with software company Red Hat to  expand on a security-focused software development process for enterprise environments
  • Guiding the second modernized GPS satellite from initial to final orbit and completing next-gen GPS ground control system development

Wajsgras is intensely focused on digital transformation, and the way IIS delivers commercial innovation at speed and scale to generate growth. Under his leadership, IIS has accelerated its strategic initiatives with a focus on the customers’ increasing “need for speed” by embracing the quickening pace of acquisition and offering new capabilities through a more rapid, iterative process.

Plus, the organizational and cultural transformation around software development was a cornerstone in meeting the ever-increasing demand for rapid deployment of commercial innovation. Raytheon’s successful launch of a virtual software factory model allowed the business to quickly train teams in software development commercial best practices, including DevSecOps and cloud computing, and deploying them across a broad set of customer programs.

Why Watch:

Wajsgras sees real opportunities to “step function” IIS’ position in the intelligence, defense and federal/civil sectors in the coming year. The business has evolved to a point where the team can focus more on new business creation and expanding in target markets.

Growth in the space domain, modernization of the national airspace system, demand for technology-enabled training and the increasing need for cybersecurity and data resiliency are just a few examples of areas in which IIS is well positioned with mature solutions.

And in 2020, IIS will continue to accelerate its ability to deliver advanced capabilities featuring AI, automation, cyber and advanced analytics. Strategic partnerships with commercial companies will remain a key component of its strategy as will the continued deployment of agile and DevSecOps as IIS transforms with the emerging environment facing its customers.

See the rest of the 2020 Top 25 Execs to Watch list here.

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