Linda Hudson is the current president and CEO of BAE Systems Inc. and COO of BAE Systems plc. She is the first woman to lead a major defense contractor. Her entire career has been one of firsts: from the first woman manager at Ford Aerospace to the first female corporate officer and company president at General Dynamics. Trained as a systems engineer, she has spent over 40 years in the defense industry. She sits on the board of Band of America and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. She is a member of the International Women's Forum and C200. She was names on of the 50 most powerful women in Business by Fortune Magazine in 2010.