Jack R. Kelble
Former President | Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems
BS Engineering, Purdue University; MS Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
Purdue Chapter, 1963
Wife – Rachel
Kelble recently retired as the corporate vice president and president of Space and Airborne Systems, the largest business unit of Raytheon Company, a major supplier of defense and aerospace systems and commercial electronics technologies. He was responsible for 13,000 employees and sales of more than $4 billion annually for the California-based company. He now lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Kelble joined Raytheon in 1979 as director of Data Acquisition Systems and quickly rose through the ranks, leading numerous divisions, departments, areas, programs, businesses and companies within the corporation and gaining experience in systems engineering, program and engineering management and business unit leadership. Throughout his career, he has championed causes critical to maintaining effective communications between employees and management. In 2005, Kelble received Raytheon’s Executive of the Year Award.
He has also served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Boy Scout Council and received the 2005 Tom Harmon Memorial Award for outstanding service from the Boy Scouts of America.
Kelble assists his alma mater on the campaign steering committee for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Previously, he received the Purdue Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Award in 2000 and was named a Purdue Distinguished Engineering Alumnus in 2003.