Jones joined Raytheon in 1977 and rose through the ranks. He was appointed president of El Segundo, Calif.-based SAS in 2005. The division employs 13,000 people worldwide and designs and manufactures avionics and sensors for military aircraft. Jones was also executive diversity champion for Raytheon.
"Jon was a valued contributor to Raytheon for 33 years, an outstanding leader within our company, industry and community, and a dear friend," said CEO William Swanson, in a prepared statement. "He was a wonderful innovator who guided numerous programs of the utmost importance to our men and women in uniform."Jones received a bachelor's degree in engineering from California State University, Northridge, and later attended UCLA, where he received a master's degree in engineering management. -- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C. .