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Harry T. Rittenour Thoughts on Effective LeadershipRear Admiral (Ret)
Tuesday, February 2, 12:05 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. The George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business
BMW Classroom (Room 150)
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Harry T. Rittenour spent almost 29 years in the United States Navy before joining the corporate world.
Rittenour completed two combat tours in Vietnam and commanded an aviation squadron, a command and control ship in the Persian Gulf, and the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise with a crew of over 5,000. He then served on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon where he
received a letter of appreciation from President George H. W. Bush for his work on a treaty to ban the use of chemical weapons. He was promoted to Rear Admiral and completed a tour on the Navy Staff where he established and promoted requirements for aircraft carriers and aviation
training. His efforts led to the approval of Congressional funding for the nuclear‐powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and the selection of a new joint primary aircraft training system for the Navy, Marines, and Air Force.
After retiring from the Navy Harry joined the executive team at Perceptron, Inc., a global machine vision company that provides process control systems to automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers for use in body shop assembly plants. He was appointed president and CEO of
Perceptron, Inc. in early 2008. He led the executive team through a successful reorganization that better aligned the company for current conditions and future growth. As a result Perceptron grew stronger and emerged with a solid customer base, a new product line under
development, and a robust balance sheet with no debt, and cash available for investment. He retired from Perceptron in late 2013.
Rittenour earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy with a concentration in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles (Anderson School) in Operations Management.
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