Linda Hudson to Retire From BAE

Linda Hudson

Linda Hudson

Linda Hudson plans to retire as president and CEO of BAE Systems Inc., the British contractor’s U.S. subsidiary no later than March 31, 2014.

She will also step down from her positions as executive director of the BAE Systems plc board and as a member of the company’s executive committee at that time, BAE said Tuesday.

Hudson, intends to remain as an outside director at BAE Systems Inc. through 2015 and the subsidiary’s board will conduct a search for her successor.

Michael Chertoff, chairman of the board for BAE Systems Inc., said Hudson worked to prepare the subsidiary for defense budget cuts after a period of wartime growth during her four years as chief executive.

“Linda has left her mark on the company, its workforce and the entire industry, and I’m pleased she will continue to contribute to the success of the company through her extended service on the BAE Systems Inc. board,” Chertoff said.

Hudson joined BAE Systems Inc. in 2007 as president of the land and armaments operating group after serving as an officer and corporation vice president at General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Her career at General Dynamics also included time as president of the armament and technical products business.

She also led organizations at Martin Marietta through that company’s merger with Lockheed Corp. to create Lockheed Martin and a subsequent divestiture to General Dynamics.

Hudson has also worked at Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) and Ford Aerospace.

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