Retired Executive Vice President
Linda Gooden is the retired Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) business area and was an officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Under her leadership, IS&GS included 30,000 experienced professionals who provided integrated information technology solutions, systems and services to support worldwide missions for civil, defense, intelligence and other government customers. Established in February 2007 as one of four principal business areas within Lockheed Martin, IS&GS generated nearly $10 billion in sales in 2010. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland IS&GS operates in all 50 U.S. states and 20 countries around the world.
Ms. Gooden actively supports professional, academic and civic organizations, serving on numerous executive boards including Eisenhower Fellowships Board of Trustees; Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International; TechAmerica; University Systems of Maryland Board of Regents; United States Naval Academy Foundation Board of Directors; Smithsonian Library Board of Directors and ADP, Inc. In addition, U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Ms. Gooden to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee in 2010.
Fortune magazine named Ms. Gooden as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business for the 2nd year in a row. Other honors this year include, The Washingtonian magazine which recognized her as one of Washington’s Most Powerful Women as well as being inducted into the Career Communications’ Hall of Fame. Ms. Gooden was featured as one of Black Enterprise magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America for 2009. In 2008, Ms. Gooden was inducted into the Maryland Business Hall of Fame and named to Corporate Board Member magazine’s Top 50 Women in Technology. She was selected in 2007 as Executive of the Year by the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards and in 2006 as Black Engineer of the Year by U.S Black Engineer and IT magazine. In 2002, she won Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 Eagle Award and received Women in Technology’s Corporate Leadership Award.
Prior to assuming her current role, Ms. Gooden was Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s Information Technology & Global Services business area, and before that she was President of Lockheed Martin Information Technology, a business unit she grew over 10 years to become a multibillion dollar business. She was Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s Software Support Services unit from 1994 and earlier held other positions of increasing responsibility.
She received her degree in Computer Technology from Youngstown State University and completed post-baccalaureate studies at San Diego State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, University College. In 2005, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from the University of Maryland University College in recognition of her service to the community and to higher education and an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Morgan State University. She also successfully completed the Executive Program Manager course at the Defense Systems Management College in 1998.