Linda Hudson

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Linda Hudson
OccupationPresident and CEO of BAE Systems Inc.
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Linda Hudson
OccupationPresident and CEO of BAE Systems Inc.

Linda Hudson is President[1][2] and CEO of BAE Systems Inc.[3] and Chief Operating Officer, BAE Systems plc.


Linda Hudson is the President & CEO of BAE Systems, Inc. She leads approximately 46,000 people across more than 130 sites in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Israel, Germany, Mexico and South Africa. BAE Systems, Inc. had 2010 revenues of $17.9 billion and is a US-based, wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, headquartered in London.

Concurrently, Hudson is an executive director of the BAE Systems plc Board and a member of the Executive Committee. She is also an executive director on the BAE Systems, Inc. Board.

Previously, Hudson was president of BAE Systems' Land & Armaments operating group, a role she began in January 2007. Land & Armaments is the world's largest military vehicle and equipment business, with operations around the world.

Prior to joining BAE Systems, she served for seven years as an officer and vice president of the General Dynamics Corporation, and she was president of General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products in Charlotte, North Carolina.

From 1985 until 1999, Hudson held a variety of senior management positions in production operations, program management and business development during a period of significant consolidation in the defense industry. Beginning with Martin Marietta, she led organizations through the Lockheed Martin merger and a subsequent divestiture to General Dynamics.

Hudson began her career in 1972 at the Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida, as a research and development engineer. In 1976, she joined Ford Aerospace and Communications Corporation in Newport Beach, California. During her tenure at Ford Aerospace, she led reliability engineering and quality assurance organizations and was program manager on a multi-billion dollar production program.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Hudson received her bachelor's degree with honors in Systems Engineering. She remains active in the alumni and athletic associations and serves on advisory boards for the College of Engineering. Recently honored as a Distinguished Alumnus, she is a member of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Hall of Fame.

Selected by the USO to receive its 2011 Woman of the Year Distinguished Service Award, Hudson has received numerous accolades and recognitions for her professional accomplishments and her philanthropic activities. She currently serves on the USO Worldwide Board of Governors, the Association of the United States Army Council of Trustees, Blue Star Families Board of Directors, University of Florida Foundation Board, and the advisory board for the Women in Engineering Program at the University of Maryland. She is a member of the North Carolina and Washington, DC chapters of the International Women's Forum and C200, the premier global organization of women business leaders. In 2009 and 2010, Hudson was named one of Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.