Fortune's Most Powerful Women - Eller College National Board of Advisors Member Makes List
October 28, 2001
Louise Francesconi, who has served on the Eller College of Business and Public Administration's National Board of Advisors for seven years, has been named to Fortune magazine's 2001 list of the 50 most powerful women in American business.
This is Francesconi's first time on the Fortune list; she is one of 14 newcomers to the ranking. As vice president and general manager of Raytheon's Missile Systems business unit in Tucson, Francesconi runs the largest missile business in the world with revenues of $3 billion. Among her responsibilities is the development of new missile technologies such as the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle, which can intercept and destroy a ballistic missile in flight.
Francesconi joined Raytheon in 1997 following the merger of Raytheon and Hughes Aircraft Company. As a 22-year veteran of Hughes, Franscesconi held several key positions in the organization, including vice president and CFO and president of Hughes Missile Systems Company. She was a key member of the Hughes management team responsible for the 1992 acquisition of General Dynamics' missile business.
A native of California, Francesconi earned her bachelor's degree in economics from Scripps College and her MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.
"It has been a pleasure to serve on the National Board of Advisors and to witness the growth and recognition of the Eller College and its programs. Quality business education is vital to our nation and to the economic health of the State of Arizona," said Francesconi.
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #12 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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