Keith Peden

Former Senior Vice President at Raytheon Company

Keith joins the Year Up Board of Directors after serving for 22 years as a senior leader at Raytheon Company, a $24 billion corporation with 61,000 employees. Over the last 12 years he was Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Security and participated in the four member operating committee which provided strategic direction and operational guidance for the corporation.


In his role at Raytheon he was responsible for architecting an integrated system of Leadership Development and succession planning that led to Raytheon being identified as one of the Top 25 Companies for Leaders globally. He worked to create a culture of Diversity and Inclusion that led to the acknowledgement of Raytheon as a best practice company and one that diverse employees would most likely seek to join. He and his team championed numerous industry pioneering Diversity efforts that shaped the culture and fostering equitable treatment for all.


Peden is an acknowledged leader known national for strategic thinking that leads to transformational organization change through the engagement of others in value based initiatives. Committed to lifelong learning and the development of others he started his career as a teacher and coach before a 35 year career in business. His business career saw him work with four multibillion dollar enterprises, including Lotus Development, Alexander & Alexander and Honeywell as well as Raytheon.


He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Wheaton College, Wentworth Institute of Technology and a past member of Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. His education includes a B.A. from Western Michigan University and a M.A. from Eastern Michigan University. He and his wife Mindy have been married for 37 years and have three adult children.


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