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38. Linda Hudson
Linda Hudson
President and CEO
BAE Systems Inc.
2011 rank: 34
Age: 62
Sales fell in 2011 for both the U.K.-based defense company and its U.S. subsidiary, headed by Hudson, as troops withdrew from Iraq and customers awaited news of military budgets. Hudson cut headcount and tried to make BAE's corporate offices more efficient. In August she joined the Bank of America board.
From the October 8, 2012 issue
How we pick the Power 50
The list is compiled by FORTUNE editors, who consider four criteria: the size and importance of the woman's business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman's career (resume and runway ahead), and societal and cultural influence.