General Motors has expanded its Board of Directors after welcoming Linda Gooden aboard, the former executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Gooden began her long and successful 40-year career with GM at its Packard Electric Division before holding several senior management positions within Lockheed Martin.
Gooden, who was with Lockheed Martin for 34 years, “will bring proven leadership and significant experience in information technology and expertise in operations and strategic planning,” to the GM Board, said GM Chairman Tim Solso. Her background in the aerospace and defense industry will also provide “a diverse perspective that will greatly benefit our board,” Solso added.
Lockheed significantly expanded its information technology capabilities under Gooden’s leadership, bringing their services to international and commercial markets. The company also grew into the multi-billion dollar business it is today under Gooden’s watch before she retired in 2013.
Gooden now serves on several different public company boards, including Automatic Data Processing, Inc., WGL Holdings, Inc., and Washington Gas Light Company, which is a subsidiary of WGL Holdings. She was appointed to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee by President Barack Obama.
The appointment of Gooden brings the GM Board to 13 total members. She became effective in her new position on February 5, 2015.