Discover classroom teachers that are at the cutting edge of innovation in a discussion between the winners of Raytheon Leaders In Education Award, leadership from Raytheon, and leadership from Tucson Values Teachers.
Kim Ernzen is vice president of the Air Warfare Systems product line at Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) in Tucson, Arizona. LWS offers the world’s most comprehensive array of battle-proven land combat systems solutions. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Before this appointment, Ernzen served as vice president of Operations for RMS, where she was responsible for all product manufacturing, facilities, and environmental, health and safety functions. Previously she also served in roles as the senior director, general manager and customer business area director of Raytheon’s Advanced Products Center (APC) in Dallas. These positions saw her lead an organization responsible for the design and manufacturing of complex RF subsystems and components. She was responsible for all aspects of the execution of these programs, including leading the Program Management and Operations organization.
Prior to joining APC in Dallas, Ernzen worked for the former Raytheon Aircraft division in Wichita, Kansas, for more than 10 years. She had roles of increasing responsibility starting in engineering as a project engineer, customer support leading the Technical Support organization, and her las assignment as the Light Jets product line director. As the product line director she had profit and loss responsibility for two product lines that included responsibility for all new product development, production support, product delivery and field service support.
Ernzen has also previously served on both the Wichita Children’s Home board of directors and the Junior League of Wichita board.
Ernzen holds a bachelors and masters of science in aeronautical engineering from Wichita State University and an Executive MBA from Wichita State. While at Wichita State for her undergraduate degree, she was a member of the women’s golf team. She is also a graduate of the Raytheon Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP), Principles of Program Leadership and has completed numerous other Raytheon leadership courses.