Top Guns: Women Rise in Defense

In a recent breakthrough, three new female CEOs take hold of the aerospace-industry

by Lesley Kennedy
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The final frontier is finally getting a gender jolt. In a surprising aerospace-industry coup, three of the country’s top defense corporations have elected to be led by female CEOs. “A lot of women have been working in these companies for a long time, but rarely at the top rung,” says Marion C. Blakey, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association. “It’s a coming of age for this industry.”

Linda Hudson
CEO of BAE Systems Inc.
Global defense, aerospace, security
2011 U.S. sales: $14.4 billion

Marillyn Hewson
CEO of Lockheed Martin
Global security, aerospace, IT
2012 sales: $47.2 billion

Phebe Novakovic
CEO of General Dynamics
Business aviation, combat systems, IT
2012 revenue: $31.5 billion

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First published in the April 2013 issue of More

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