Building Others up to Succeed


Frank JimenezFrank Jimenez’s stellar career in private practice, government service, and corporate leadership has been filled with unexpected twists and turns. His surprising and unpredictable journey taught him the importance of adaptability, versatility, and humility. 

“Never be too sure where your career might lead you,” said Jimenez. “If anyone had told me years ago, when I was still a partner in a Miami law firm, that my professional future would include the Pentagon followed by a career in corporate leadership, I would have never believed them.” 

Jimenez is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Raytheon Technologies Corporation, an innovation leader in technologies across the full spectrum of aviation, space and defense formed by the 2020 merger of Raytheon Company and United Technologies Corporation. His responsibilities include legal and regulatory affairs, governance, litigation, ethics, anti-corruption, antitrust, and international trade compliance. 

As Chief Legal Officer, Jimenez says resilience, risk tolerance, integrity, judgment, inclusiveness, empathy, and faith are the leadership skills important to him. 

“In my leadership journey, I have learned that leaders must endure challenges and overcome unexpected obstacles,” said Jimenez. “They are often called upon to take timely and well-calculated risks.” 

Serving as General Counsel for Raytheon Company, Bunge Ltd., Xylem Inc. and ITT Corporation, Jimenez was instrumental in a 2011 spin-off from ITT of two public companies: Xylem and Exelis Inc. 

Prior to his private sector work, Jimenez had a long and distinguished tenure as a public servant in government. He served for nearly three years as General Counsel of the Navy under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, leading a global office of nearly 850 staff as the Chief Legal and Ethics Officer, one of seven Senate-confirmed Pentagon civilians of four-star equivalent rank overseeing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. His previous government career included stints as Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense, Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Navy, Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Deputy Chief of Staff and Acting General Counsel for Florida Governor Jeb Bush. 

With legal leadership positions in military agencies, civil government, and public companies, Jimenez has observed that the best leaders rise by helping others. “Though some leaders rise despite not caring well for those around them, the best ones rise by building up others,” said Jimenez. “Other-mindedness can be contagious; before you know it, everyone is taking care of one another.” He adds, “Leaders should inspire trust and confidence among their teammates and colleagues.” 

Jimenez fosters a productive culture for his staff to succeed by making sure they have team support. “Productivity is enhanced when everyone is freed from watching their backs or worrying that they’re alone in solving their problems,” said Jimenez. “Thinking of others first is the right thing to do, and the most productive, but a beneficial byproduct is that it also maximizes your own chances for sustainable success.” 

Jimenez graduated from the University of Miami and Yale Law School. He was the recipient of the Harlan Fiske Stone and Benjamin N. Cardozo moot court prizes for best oral argument and brief. He holds a M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a M.A. from the U.S. Naval War College. 

October 2021