Mark E. Russell, a celebrated engineer who has dedicated his career to defense security for the United States and its allies, is retiring as chief technology officer of RTX.
Russell, who has written 16 peer-reviewed papers and holds 36 patents in the areas of microwave and millimeter-wave components, has more than 40 years of service with the company. His retirement as CTO is effective Jan. 1, 2024, and he will continue with RTX in an advisory role.
“Mark’s long and distinguished career has demonstrated his strong commitment to solving complex problems to meet customer needs and a dedication to engineering and technology excellence,” said RTX President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Calio. “We appreciate and thank Mark for all his contributions.”
Juan de Bedout will assume the role of chief technology officer, leading the company’s Technology & Global Engineering team and managing its leading research centers: the RTX Technology Research Center and RTX BBN Technologies.
A career of distinction
Russell, who served as chief technology officer and global chief engineer at RTX, guided the company’s technology vision and strategy, including research and development, companywide product safety and product cybersecurity programs.
He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of his expertise and accomplishments, and his leadership in developing radar systems for enhanced national security and safety. In addition, he was appointed to the Defense Science Board and has been named a fellow by both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Over the course of his career, Russell worked and led most phases of product development including design engineering, operations including semiconductor fabrication, and field deployment and testing.
He also worked various program and project management roles for product lines covering multiple state-of-the-art radar, missile, and communication systems including notable systems such as PATRIOT, AMRAAM and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), as well as the deployment of protective systems in the Washington, D.C., area.
His contributions to commercial products include automotive radars, iridium main mission antennas and air traffic control radars.