BAE Systems Inc. CEO Linda Hudson will retire, the company said Aug. 20. (Mike Coppola / Getty Images)
The head of BAE Systems’ US operations will retire, the company said Tuesday in a surprise announcement.
Linda Hudson will remain in her post while a successor is sought, but her departure date will be no later than March, BAE said in a statement.
Hudson, 62, has been president and CEO of BAE Systems Inc. and an executive board member of the parent company, based in the UK, since 2009. Hudson will also step down from the executive board role in the UK, but will remain on the BAE Systems US board.
She was appointed CEO after two years at the helm of BAE’s land and armaments operations.
BAE’s operation in the US has revenues of $12.7 billion and employs around 40,000 people.
“We have become more agile and efficient in the way in which we support our customers,” Hudson wrote in a letter to employees. “We are more focused than ever, even in a time when the dysfunction in Washington has created a cloudy and uncertain environment.”
Hudson’s departure comes amid a wider board shuffle at BAE Systems in which Chairman Dick Olver is being replaced next year by the current British Gas Chairman Roger Carr.
In a second executive move announced Tuesday, BAE said non-executive director Lee McIntire will leave the executive board immediately.
The CH2M Hill CEO is departing to avoid potential conflict of interest issues related to a possible privatization of the British Ministry of Defence’s procurement arm.
A consortium led by CH2M Hill is vying with Bechtel to be appointed to run the Defence Equipment & Support organization in a government-owned, contractor-operated arrangement.