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BAE Systems recently announced the appointment of Linda Hudson as chief operating officer of BAE Systems plc, and president and CEO of BAE Systems, Inc. Hudson was previously president of BAE Systems’ Land & Armaments Operating Group and succeeds Tony Zinni, who was appointed as the acting president and CEO of BAE Systems, Inc. in June 2009. Zinni will stay on to facilitate a smooth and effective transition and will continue to serve as the chairman of the BAE Systems, Inc. board.
In addition, Hudson has been appointed as an executive director of BAE Systems plc and will continue to serve on BAE Systems’ executive committee, reporting to both BAE Systems plc Chief Executive Ian King and Zinni.
“Linda is a highly respected and acknowledged global business leader with a wealth of experience managing businesses that have a diverse portfolio of programs,” said King. “Under her leadership, the Land & Armaments Operating Group has developed into a global business and is now the world’s largest manufacturer of land systems. Linda’s excellent leadership and knowledge of the defense industry will significantly benefit our business as we continue to deliver our strategy in support of our customers. I would also like to thank Tony Zinni for his excellent stewardship of BAE Systems, Inc. and we look forward to his continued service as the chairman of BAE Systems, Inc.”
“We are extremely proud that a leader of Linda’s caliber will take BAE Systems, Inc. into the future as we work with our customers to ensure their challenges are understood and met,” said Zinni.
Hudson has served as Land & Armaments Operating Group president since January 2007, having joined BAE Systems in December 2006. Bob Murphy, executive vice president of Land & Armaments, has been appointed acting president of Land & Armaments pending the appointment of a permanent successor to Hudson.
For more information, visit www.baesystems.com.