Leadership Decision Making
Linda Hudson retired as president and CEO of BAE Systems, Inc. in January 2014. She led the global, U.S.-based defense, aerospace, and security company with nearly 40,000 employees and $12.75 billion in annual revenue.
Hudson was an executive director on the BAE Systems plc board of directors and a member of the company’s executive committee. She was also an executive director on the BAE Systems, Inc. board of directors.
Prior to becoming CEO, Hudson was president of BAE Systems' Land & Armaments operating group, the world's largest military vehicle and equipment business, with operations around the world. Before joining BAE Systems, she served for seven years as an officer and vice president of the General Dynamics Corporation and was president of General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products.
Hudson held a variety of senior management positions in engineering, production operations, program management, and business development during a period of significant consolidation in the defense industry. Beginning her career with the Harris Corporation and Ford Aerospace, she led organizations at Martin Marietta through the Lockheed Martin merger and a subsequent divestiture to General Dynamics.
Selected to receive the Linda Hudson retired as president and CEO of BAE Systems, Inc, Hudson has received numerous accolades and recognitions for her professional accomplishments and philanthropic activities. Recognized as an innovative leader and trailblazer, she has been featured in numerous periodicals such as the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Forbes. The London Sunday Times proclaimed her “the first lady of defense.”
Hudson is a member of the Bank of America board of directors. She currently serves on the boards of the University of Florida Foundation and Center for a New American Security. She is a member of the International Women's Forum and C200, the premier global organization of women business leaders. Hudson received C200’s 2011 Luminary Award for Corporate Innovation. She has been cited as one of Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and one of Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington. Washington Business Journal has named her one of its Power 100 and one of the Most Admired CEOs. She was inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame in December 2013 and received the 2013 Association of the U.S. Army’s Dixon award for her industry leadership and contribution to national security.
A graduate of the University of Florida, Hudson received her bachelor's degree in systems engineering with honors. She remains active in the alumni and athletic associations and serves on advisory boards for the College of Engineering. Honored as a Distinguished Alumnus, she is a member of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Hall of Fame. She holds an honorary doctorate in engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.