Chief Diversity OfficerCompany: Raytheon Company RETIRED
Role: DIP Presenter
Diversity Insights Breakfast:
Removing the Red & Blue Divide: What It Means for Corporate America and Belonging
Diversity Insights Breakfast: When Our Identities Conflict – Learning to See and Hear Each Other Across Difference
Mr. Bell is retired chief diversity officer of Raytheon Company . He was appointed to this position in January 2005 and served until December 2015. Raytheon Company with 2016 sales of $24 billion is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cyber security solutions worldwide. With headquarters in Waltham Mass., Raytheon employs 63,000 people worldwide.
As chief diversity officer, Mr. Bell was responsible for developing and leading innovative global diversity initiatives, practices, programs and strategies for Raytheon. He also served as liaison between Raytheon Global headquarters and all business units to ensure enterprise wide scalability and consistency.
During Mr. Bell’s tenure a global diversity strategy was established with organizational and process structures created to ensure continuity, effective change management and continuous improvement on the company’s diversity and inclusion journey.
Prior to joining Raytheon Mr. Bell served as director, global diversity for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. , a position he held from 1998 to 2005. In this role he was responsible for strategic development and senior-level leadership of diversity, including program design, resource planning and implementation. Mr. Bell began his career at Air Products in 1980 and held various positions of increasing responsibility in finance, corporate polices and professional development. He was the Chief Financial Officer for Air Products Canada from 1990 to 1995.
Bell earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Rutgers University and an MBA from Lehigh University. He is a certified management accountant and served on the board of regents for the ICMA. Mr. Bell earned the NTL (National Training Laboratories) certification as a Diversity Practitioner.
Mr. Bell has served on various boards and was chair of the Conference Board Diversity Council.