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Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems - Most Innovative Woman of the Year


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Company: Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, McKinney, TX
Company Description: Raytheon Company, with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Most Innovative Woman of the Year - Manufacturing

Nomination Title: Barbara Borgonovi, Vice President of Integrated Communication Systems (ICS)

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated woman since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):

Barbara Borgonovi is passionate about people, teamwork and results. As vice president of Operations at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS - $6.2 billion in sales and 13,100 employees), she led a 2,000-strong manufacturing organization.

When asked about what is important to her, it is clear people come first.

“I enjoy working one-on-one with people and emphasizing teamwork,” she says of her leadership style. Her self-described leadership style is that of a coach who focuses on building the team and executing against the strategically planned playbook.

Borgonovi is skillful and compassionate. She understands the importance of team cohesion and how to influence people. Her collaborative style is a game-changer at SAS, and her innovative approaches focus on growth in three main areas: people, process and collaboration.


In two years as Operations leader, Borgonovi has advanced high-potential talent through meaningful development opportunities, mentorship and executive exposure. She initiated an Operations Rotation Program to build the talent pipeline and develop diverse and extremely high-performing teams, and facilitated more than 100 rotations since she has been in the role.

She carves out time to mentor and coach individuals throughout the company, and she actively supports improving the representation of women and people of color in talent development and succession planning.


Dedicated to enabling Raytheon’s success by providing differentiating, innovative and affordable products, Borgonovi led an evolution of manufacturing capabilities through innovation, people, processes, and financial performance.

Good enough is not enough for Borgonovi. She led the creation of a new Advanced Manufacturing, Modernization and Technology group within SAS to advance state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, improve early engagement in product development, and speed transition of products to production.

Borgonovi led innovation and process improvements to drive $52 million in waste-reduction savings.

She sponsored numerous advanced manufacturing initiatives including incorporating 3D printing capabilities, resulting in countless scaled and life-size models of critical, mission-specific laser systems, space sensors, airborne pods, and developmental concepts. Additive manufacturing capabilities also support numerous K-12 STEM outreach opportunities, including Raytheon’s on-site Engineering Week.


Borgonovi emphasizes collaboration in everything she does, including encouraging her extended leadership team to harness expertise in other parts of the company in addition to external benchmarking in the Aerospace and Defense industry. This allows them the freedom to acquire diverse skills, challenge themselves and grow.

During preparation of this submission, Borgonovi was promoted to vice president of Integrated Communication Systems, one of six mission areas at SAS.

As she prepares to lead a P&L organization, her focus is clear: “We need to continue to improve our execution and performance to ensure our mission area remains competitive and can prosper in emerging markets,” she says. “Our greatest opportunity is early engagement — providing leadership early and partnering with our colleagues to drive decisions that support success.”

Borgonovi says she is optimistic about the path forward, and she’s still putting people first: “We have a great team, and I’m looking forward to leading greater advancements in technology and human capital.”

Provide a brief biography of the nominated woman (up to 125 words):

Barbara Borgonovi is vice president of Integrated Communication Systems (ICS) at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. With programs spanning 70 countries, ICS is committed to being the most recognized provider of secure wireless networked solutions for military customers.

Prior to her current position, Borgonovi was vice president of SAS Operations, responsible for all Operations functions and critical support such as Facilities and Environmental, Health, Safety & Sustainability.

Previously, she was Program Operations director for Electronic Warfare Systems, deputy of Tactical Products at Raytheon Vision Systems and was the senior program manager for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems programs and Next Generation Army programs.

Since joining Raytheon in 2001, Borgonovi has held numerous challenging technical positions in program management, supply chain, operations management and quality engineering.