SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE:GY) company, announced that Jose Ruiz, Jr. joined the company today as vice president and chief information officer (CIO).
Ruiz previously served as vice president of Information Technology (IT) and CIO for Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems in Aurora, Colo. As CIO for this Fortune 500 organization, Ruiz transformed the IT organization into a business growth enterprise while improving collaborative technologies, consolidating data centers, and reducing applications and tools. He developed key customer relationships with NASA, intelligence agencies, and the Department of Defense (DOD) that contributed to increased sales for Raytheon.
Prior to that, Ruiz served as CIO at Northrop Grumman Corporation supporting the Missile Defense Agency. In this position, he spearheaded new technologies for satellite and land communications, personal computing, networks, infrastructure design and development, Web-based collaboration, data storage, and customer support services for more than 15,000 end-users and 120 international and domestic sites. Ruiz led data center, cyber security and global network improvements that resulted in a substantial increase to Northrop Grumman's IT market share.
"I am pleased to bring an IT leader of Jose's caliber and expertise to our company," said Aerojet Rocketdyne President Warren M. Boley, Jr. "His in-depth understanding of our key customers, and his diverse proficiency with new technologies and global network improvements, will be transformational in securing Aerojet Rocketdyne's position as an industry leader."
Ruiz began his career in the U.S. Air Force. Over the course of his career, he assumed increasing responsibility as an engineer, logistician, executive officer and program manager. He managed several successful programs and earned DOD recognition for his ingenuity in resolving system deficiencies during Operation Desert Storm.
Ruiz holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Science in Information Technology Management from Central Michigan University. He also holds various certifications in management and IT.
Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. GenCorp is a diversified company that provides innovative solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense, and real estate markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne and GenCorp can be obtained by visiting the companies' websites at www.Rocket.com and www.GenCorp.com.