Raytheon Technologies, parent company of Collins Aerospace, Cedar Rapids’ largest employer, hired Marie R. Sylla-Dixon as its chief diversity officer.
Sylla-Dixon will be in charge of “leading Raytheon Technologies’ diversity, equity and inclusion strategy,” according to a news release, and will report directly to Raytheon CEO Greg Hayes.
Collins Aerospace told employees in September to halt any diversity training following an executive order by President Donald Trump.
A federal judge struck down the executive order in December, though, according to USA Today.
“Prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do will make us a better company, a better employer and a better contributor to the communities we touch,” Hayes said in the release.
Sylla-Dixon spent 11 years at T-Mobile, most recently as vice president for government and external affairs.
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