Rand Araskog

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Rand Araskog
Rand Vincent Araskog

(1931-10-31) October 31, 1931 (age 87)
Alma materWest Point, Harvard University
EmployerHoneywell, ITT Corporation
Known forCEO of ITT Corporation
Spouse(s)Jessie M. Gustafson Araskog
Childrentwo daughters and one son

Rand Vincent Araskog (born October 31, 1931) is a prominent U.S. businessman and an ex-CEO of ITT Corporation. Araskog is of Scandinavian origin; his grandfather emigrated from Sweden to Minnesota.

Rand Araskog was elected as a valedictorian in his school and went on to West Point[1] where he studied until 1953, majoring in Soviet studies. As a result, he is fluent in Russian. Later, he studied at Harvard University.[2]

He started his career in the Pentagon and was sent to work in Europe. Upon his arrival back to U.S., he left the Pentagon and joined Honeywell in 1960 as marketing director. In 1966, he joined ITT and was promoted to CEO in 1979, succeeding Lyman C. Hamilton. Araskog retired from ITT in 1998.

Araskog was named an Officer in the French Legion of Honor in 1987. He has also been awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy by the President of Italy and the Order General Bernardo O'Higgins by the president of Chile.[3] He was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters by Hofstra University in 1990.[4]

He is married and has three children, two daughters and one son.[5]

Currently, he is self-employed as a private investor, and also acts as principal in RVA Investments[6] and on the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach Civic Association.


  • Araskog, Rand V. (2000). The ITT Wars: An Insider's View of Hostile Takeovers. New York: Beard Books. ISBN 1-89312-238-7.
  • Araskog, Rand V. (1989). Dawn Raiders and White Knights: The Inside Story of a Corporation Under Siege. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 1-853-36160-7.
  • Araskog, Rand V.; James L. Bikoff (1987). Toward the Year 2000. New York: ITT Corporation.


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