Raytheon Technologies appoints Marie R. Sylla-Dixon as Chief Diversity Officer
To further advance diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, aerospace and defense company Raytheon Technologies has appointed Marie R. Sylla-Dixon as Chief Diversity Officer. Serving also as a member of Raytheon’s executive leadership team, Sylla-Dixon will be responsible for leading the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, reporting directly to CEO Gregory Hayes. The role will integrate initiatives across four pillars — talent management, community engagement, public policy and supplier diversity — and shape how the company shows up in its communities. Raytheon has publicly committed $25 million over five years to community engagement and philanthropic initiatives which support marginalized individuals and communities. "Prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do will make us a better company, a better employer and a better contributor to the communities we touch," said Hayes. "Marie has a strong track record of aligning diversity and inclusion with business strategy to drive results, and in creating tangible community and societal impact. We welcome Marie to Raytheon Technologies and look forward to her leadership." Sylla-Dixon makes the transition to Raytheon from T-Mobile US, where she has spent the last 11 years. Most recently, she served as VP for Government and External affairs, leading the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and community outreach during the company’s merger with Sprint. Her work spanned many focus areas, including digital literacy and adoption, workforce development, and programming for underserved and underrepresented communities. She worked with national civil rights groups in these efforts. "When diverse minds come together to advance innovation and business growth they propel the economic progress of communities around the world," said Sylla-Dixon. "I am excited to join Raytheon Technologies to drive the organization's diversity, equity and inclusion strategy that will bring employees, partners and communities together to achieve enduring progress."