Linda Hudson

Ms. Linda P. Hudson is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Cardea Group, a consultancy specializing in C-Suite transitions, leadership in today’s multi-cultural and multi-generational workplaces, managing risk, strategic change, and scaling businesses in rapid growth environments.  Ms. Hudson coaches and mentors high-performing individuals to become more effective leaders and valuable citizens by positively impacting their companies, colleagues and communities. Additionally, she serves as director on the boards of Bank of America, Southern Company and Ingersoll Rand.


In 2014, Ms. Hudson retired as President and CEO of BAE Systems, Inc., a global, US-based defense, aerospace, and security company with approximately 40,000 employees and $13B annual revenue.  Prior to becoming CEO, she was president of BAE Systems' Land & Armaments operating group, the world's largest military vehicle and equipment business.  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.  Prior to her work at General Dynamics, Ms. 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.


Ms. Hudson also serves on the non-profit boards of the University of Florida Foundation, Center for a New American Security and the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center.  Named four times to Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business list, she is also a frequent keynote speaker, covering topics on effective leadership and the importance of diversity and inclusion.

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