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William J. Sullivan

Vice President, GPS OCX Program Manager, Intelligence, Information and Services
Raytheon Company

William J. Sullivan

Vice President, GPS OCX Program Manager, Intelligence, Information and Services

William “Bill” Sullivan is Vice President of the Global Positioning System’s Next Generation Control System (GPS OCX) Program, part of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS). Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2015 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 94 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. IIS provides a full range of technical and professional services to intelligence, defense, federal and commercial customers worldwide. IIS specializes in global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; navigation; space and weather solutions; cybersecurity; analytics; training; logistics; mission support; engineering; automation and sustainment solutions; and air traffic management systems. Sullivan leads the GPS Next Generation Operational Control Segment (OCX) program and is responsible for the development of the capability for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. He assumed the role in July 2015. 

Previously, Sullivan was Director of Earth and Space Observing Solutions, repsonsible for provding complete environmental and communication satellite ground systems for Civil and DoD customers. He assumed this role in October 2013. Prior to this position, Sullivan led the Joint Polar Satellite System program for NASA from inception in 2010; overseeing the Raytheon team that developed, operated, and maintained the Common Ground System. The JPSS Common Ground System is operationally deployed around the world, aquiring, processing and routing approximately 11TB of data daily in support of NOAA, NASA, Air Force and Navy strategic environmental missions. 

In 2012, Sullivan was awarded the NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Medal, the second highest honor bestowed to civilians by that agency.  In 2012, he was the recipient of the Raytheon Program Leadership Excellence Award and in 2013, he was the recipient of  Raytheon’s Chief Executive Officer Award, the highest acheivement award in the company. 

Sullivan joined Raytheon, then Hughes Aircraft Missile Systems, in 1985. He specialized in a variety of technical roles in missile system integration. In his career he has held a variety of technical and managerial positions including Chief Software Engineer, Program Subcontract Manager and Program Manager.

Sullivan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Sullivan is a graduate of Raytheon’s Executive Leadership Summit program and is a Raytheon Level-1 certified Program Manager.