Hudson (BS ’72) Leading Women to New Heights in Defense Industry

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Bethesda, MD: Lockheed Martin recently announced that Marilyn Hewson would become the company’s top executive effective next year.  This comes on the heels of General Dynamic’s summer announcement that Phebe Novakovic would take over the reigns.  This is quite a change for an industry that has traditionally been dominated by male managers.  UF ISE graduate and Hall of Famer Linda Hudson (BS SE 1972) has been a trailblazer in this regard, currently serving as President and CEO of BAE Systems.  “As more women rise through the ranks, I believe the path will become less intimidating for others,” Hudson said in an article about the trend by W.J. Hennigan in the Los Angeles Times. “I hope my success in this once male-dominated field and role, and the success of my counterparts, will influence women to pursue their dreams of a career in this field.”