Raytheon Missile Systems 
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Value Stream 4 Extended Enterprise

Lean journey to excellence - 65 years

Benchmarking methods to optimize performance
Thursday, Oct. 27 Location Code
1:30pm-2:30pm San Antonio Ballroom, 3rd floor ThP/52

Learn about the Raytheon Missile Systems' lean and benchmarking history. Discover its connection to General Motors and the integration of six company cultures and adoption of many improvement techniques.


Raytheon will share the story of a manufacturing plant, established in 1951 in the barren Arizona desert by a visionary leader and aviation pioneer. Even with multiple mergers and acquisitions of the Tucson facility, the original Howard Hughes’ vision of outstanding professional excellence continues today. Learn how lean fundamentals and benchmarking have accounted for operational success and improvement throughout the organization. Hear about Raytheon's lean journey experiences and public domain resource discoveries. Learn about the company's ongoing accomplishments to further your own improvement journey.


Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, MA. Headquartered in Tucson, AZ, Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) has facilities in Arizona, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and the United Kingdom. Missile Systems is the world's premier missile maker, providing defensive and offensive weapons for air, land, sea and space, including interceptors for U.S. ballistic missile defense. www.raytheon.com

Presenters: John Martinez / Denise Tepe

John Martinez is a member of the operations services lean excellence team supporting all aspects of lean and six sigma improvement at Raytheon Missile Systems. He also provides support to Raytheon corporate teams and other Raytheon business units. Martinez has over 35 years of management, operations, manufacturing and manufacturing engineering experience in the aerospace industry. He has worked for Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Lockheed, General Dynamics and Rockwell International.

Denise Tepe is a champion for change by supporting key company initiatives such as affordability, lessons learned and Communities of Practices (CoPs). As a member of supply chain management, Tepe excels in systems compliance. Her previous roles include strategic planner and knowledge management champion in the automotive, aviation and defense industries.