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Raytheon Intelligence & Space Taps Former USAF Exec Sami Said as VP of Global Security; Roy Azevedo Quoted

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U.S. Air Force veteran and retired Lieutenant General Sami D. Said has been appointed vice president of global security at Raytheon Intelligence & Space.

In the newly created role, Said will spearhead global security as well as conceive and implement a secure technology product strategy for the Raytheon Technologies business, the company said Monday.

Roy Azevedo, president of RI&S and a three-time consecutive Wash100 Award recipient, described Said’s contribution as a “fresh perspective.”

“His seasoned leadership and experience will be instrumental in strengthening our product security and controls to better protect the business and our customers,” Azevedo continued.

The product strategy Said will be overseeing is intended to distinguish RI&S as a security specialist. He will answer directly to Azevedo.

Said has been deployed to active duty multiple times as well as carried out staff and joint assignments in the headquarters department of the Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan.

He has also served in the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

Before joining Raytheon, Said was deputy inspector general of the Air Force in the office of the secretary of the Air Force, where he was responsible for reporting on readiness, efficiency and military discipline of active duty Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard units. In addition, Said managed the department’s counterintelligence operations. He was then promoted to inspector general of the Department of the Air Force.

Among Said’s military honors are the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters.

The addition of Said follows RI&S’ January hires of Kristin Robertson as president of the Space & C2 strategic business unit and Brad Tousley as president of Blue Canyon Technologies, a subsidiary of the company.