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34. Linda Hudson
Linda Hudson
President and CEO
BAE Systems, Inc.
2010 rank: 37
Age: 61
While the Britain-based defense company increased revenue in 2010, Hudsonís U.S. business saw its top line decline more than 5%. The industry trailblazer has been on an acquisition spree to diversify in anticipation of a drop in the U.S. defense budget.
Network with BAE Systems, Inc.
From the October 17, 2011 issue
How we pick the Power 50
The list is compiled by FORTUNE editors, who consider four criteria: the size and importance of the womanís business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the womanís career (resume and runway ahead), and societal and cultural influence.

Name 2010 total compensation
Safra A. Catz $42 million
Wellington J. Denahan-Norris $23.6 million
Carol Meyrowitz $19.2 million
Name Rank
Cynthia Carroll 1
Gail Kelly 2
Marjorie Scardino 3