Defense giant Raytheon has appointed Frank Jimenez as general counsel, effective as of Jan. 19. He succeeds Jay Stephens, who is retiring from Raytheon on March 31 after serving 12 years as general counsel and corporate secretary.

Prior to joining Raytheon, Jimenez served as general counsel, secretary and managing director, corporate affairs of agribusiness and food company Bunge Limited. Prior to Bunge Limited, Jimenez served as general counsel and corporate secretary of Xylem, a water technology spin-off from ITT. Jimenez joined ITT in 2009 as general counsel, responsible for the legal, regulatory and governance aspects of the company, including its separation in 2011 into two new public companies, Xylem and defense technology company Exelis.

Earlier in his career, Jimenez served as Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense, its senior attorney for litigation; Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Navy; Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Secretary Mel Martinez; and Deputy Chief of Staff and Acting General Counsel for Florida Governor Jeb Bush.