Retired Lockheed Martin Executive Elected to GM Board

Linda Gooden brings significant information technology expertise

DETROIT – General Motors Co. today announced the election of Linda Gooden, former executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Corporation, to its board of directors effective Feb.5, 2015. 

Gooden began her 40-year career at the former Packard Electric Division of GM. She gained 34 years of experience at Lockheed Martin and held several senior management positions. In 2010, she was appointed to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee by President Barack Obama.

“Linda brings proven leadership and significant experience in information technology and expertise in operations and strategic planning,” said GM Chairman Tim Solso. “Her background in the aerospace and defense industry provides a diverse perspective that will greatly benefit our board.”

Under Gooden’s leadership, Lockheed expanded its IT capabilities beyond government customers to international and commercial markets. During her tenure as president of Lockheed’s IT division, Gooden grew the organization to become a multibillion-dollar business. She was responsible for integrated information technology solutions, cyber solutions and services to support worldwide missions for civil, defense, intelligence and other government customers.

Gooden retired from Lockheed Martin in 2013. She currently serves on several public company boards including Automatic Data Processing, Inc.; WGL Holdings, Inc., a public utility holding company; and Washington Gas Light Company, a subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc. 

Gooden received a computer technology degree from Youngstown State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. 

The addition of Gooden brings the GM Board to 13 members.

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