Tay Fitzgerald, president of Strategic Missile Defense at Raytheon Missiles & Defense.

Tay Fitzgerald

President, Strategic Missile Defense

Tay Fitzgerald is president of Strategic Missile Defense at Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business of Raytheon Technologies. She leads a team that aligns to all Missile Defense Agency programs including development, production and deployed support of the U.S. missile defense system. Fitzgerald’s portfolio of advanced missile defense technologies includes command and control, sensors and effectors that enable a missile defense capability from detection to interception.

Before that she was acting vice president of Advanced Concepts and Technology for Raytheon Intelligence & Space, leading an innovative technology incubator that delivers emerging and disruptive solutions to ensure customers’ asymmetrical advantage.

Previously Fitzgerald led a corporate cross-functional, cross-business team responsible for combining the four former Raytheon Company businesses into two Raytheon Technologies businesses, each with over $14 billion in sales, following the merger with United Technologies Corporation.

She was vice president of operations for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, responsible for the production of a diverse and complex product portfolio, and has held many other challenging technical and leadership positions throughout her career, including program director of a strategic proprietary program and SM-6® missile deputy director.

Fitzgerald holds an MBA from the University of Arizona and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama and the University of Southern California, respectively.