Patricia Ellis of Raytheon is First Recipient of ERC’s Carol R. Marshall Award
Established this year as a posthumous honor to former ERC Board member Carol R. Marshall, the award recognizes a chief ethics and compliance officer for innovation and leadership in building or enhancing a corporate ethics and compliance program. The ERC selects an honoree who is a national leader who advances the ethics and compliance field and serves as a role model in the profession. The Award, which will be awarded annually, has been funded with a contribution from the Northrop Grumman Corporation.
Ms. Ellis, who became Raytheon’s Business Ethics & Compliance director in 1994, and was promoted to vice president of the function in 2000, has played the key role in the development of Raytheon’s ethics education programs including Ethics Checkpoint and EthicSpace initiatives. Prior to assuming responsibility for ethics and compliance, Ms. Ellis held a number of senior financial management positions at Raytheon. She joined the company in 1979.
Ms. Ellis also has helped advance the broad cause of corporate ethics through her work with a number of non-profit organizations, including the Defense Industry Initiative, the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association, and the ERC. She is currently an Executive Fellow of the Center for Business Ethics Fellows Program at Bentley University and a Supporting Fellow of the ERC’s Fellows Program.
“It is not easy to develop training strategies that challenge the hearts and minds of employees. Patti has led the way in developing effective training programs on compliance and ethics at Raytheon, and in so doing she has improved workplace conduct,” ERC President Patricia Harned said. “She has also personally invested a great deal of time and energy in establishing organizations that are now pillars of our industry, and I have no doubt that Carol would be proud that her friend and colleague Patti Ellis is the first recipient of this award.”
Upon learning of her selection, Patti Ellis said: “I am truly honored to receive the Ethics Resource Center’s inaugural Carol Marshall Award. Carol was a friend and a role model for many of us who work in the business ethics profession. I am also very grateful to Raytheon and the company’s leadership for providing so much support to me personally and for valuing the importance of a strong ethical culture at our company.”
Carol Marshall served as Vice President of Ethics and Business Conduct at Lockheed Martin and also held the post of Senior Vice President of Ethics and Business Conduct at MCI. She later ran her own consulting firm until her death in September 2009.
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