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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Louise Francesconi named Technology & Management Executive of the Year

November 26, 2002

The Eller College of Business and Public Administration and the College of Engineering and Mines at The University of Arizona have named Louise Francesconi, president of Raytheon Missile Systems and Raytheon Company vice president, as the 2002 Technology & Management Executive of the Year.

She will be honored at the annual Technology & Management Awards Luncheon on Thursday, December 12th , 12:00 noon, at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale. The luncheon celebrates the contributions of high-tech enterprises and entrepreneurial ventures to the economy of the State of Arizona.

Francesconi runs the world's largest missile company, overseeing nearly 40 missile programs that support every mission area of U.S. and allied military forces. Prior to the merger of Raytheon and Hughes operations in1997, Francesconi worked for Hughes Aircraft Company. In October, Fortune magazine named Francesconi for the second time as one of the nation's "50 Most Powerful Women."

In addition, four executives, all UA alumni, will be honored by the two colleges.

Robert Eckert, chairman of the board and CEO of toy giant Mattel, Inc., will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Eller College. Prior to taking the top post at Mattel, Eckert spent more than 20 years at Kraft Foods, rising through the ranks of various marketing and senior management positions to become president and CEO. Under Eckert's leadership, Mattel's earnings climbed nearly 16% in 2001 and Harry Potter has become a toy franchise as enduring as Hot Wheels and Barbie.

Craig Berge, president of Berge Ford in Mesa and chairman of The University of Arizona Foundation Board, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of Engineering and Mines. Since joining the family business, a small automobile dealership, in 1962, he has led its expansion into the multifaceted company it is today. The acquisition of multiple automobile franchises, real estate development, construction, and cattle feeding and farming interests have made him one of Arizona's outstanding entrepreneurs.

Frances McClelland, secretary/treasurer of Shamrock Foods Company, will receive the Eller College Distinguished Service Award. McClelland began working in her family's business, Shamrock Dairy, Inc., in 1948. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 1964 and continues to serve as the secretary/treasurer of the Shamrock Foods Company, now the largest food distributor in Arizona and the eighth largest distributor in the United States. McClelland Hall, home of the Eller College of Business and Public Administration on The University of Arizona campus is named in honor of the McClelland family.

Craig Goehring, board chairman, president, and CEO of Brown and Caldwell will receive the Distinguished Service Award from the College of Engineering and Mines. Goehring joined the nationwide environmental engineering and consulting firm Brown and Caldwell in 1977 and in 1995, was named president, CEO, and board chairman. He reinvigorated the company's brand by emphasizing the firm's longstanding reputation for true innovation and technological leadership and annual revenues have nearly tripled under his leadership.

Tickets to the December 12th Technology & Management Awards Luncheon are available to the public at $75 per person or $750 per table of ten. The event takes place at noon at the Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale.

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 No. 11 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 No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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