Alum exec accepts prestigious board seats

Linda Gooden

Linda Gooden speaks at YSU commencement in December 2011.

Linda Gooden, a Youngstown State University alumna whose business career culminated in a top executive position with the Lockheed Martin Corp., has accepted two prestigious board positions in the wake of announcing her plans to retire.

Gooden was recently elected to the boards of directors for WGL Holdings and its subsidiary, Washington Gas, both headquartered in Washington, D.C.

She will retire April 1 as  executive vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions division, and from the company on May 1. The company’s IS&GS division, which Gooden has headed since 2007, operates in all 50 states and about 20 countries and generates nearly $10 billion in annual sales.

Gooden earned an AAS degree in computer technology at YSU in 1977, then went on to earn a BSBA and an MBA from the University of Maryland. In 2005, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree by the University of Maryland, University College, in recognition of her service to the community and to higher education. She successfully completed the Executive Program Manager course at the Defense Systems Management College in 1998.

The YSU graduate was inducted into the prestigious Career Communications Hall of Fame in 2011 and President Obama appointed her to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee in 2010.  Gooden was named one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune magazine for three years consecutively, and Black Enterprise magazine featured her in its list of the 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America in 2009.