AFCEA International Names Linda Gooden Chair of the Board

Defense community expert brings knowledge and experience to global security professionals association.

Jun 24, 2014, 10:30 ET from AFCEA International

FAIRFAX, Va., June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Linda Gooden has been elected to serve as AFCEA International's chair of the board of directors. In this role, she oversees the association's Executive and Compensation committees and participates on the AFCEA Educational Foundation board of directors.

Gooden has contributed her talents to the aerospace and defense community through AFCEA for more than 15 years. In addition to serving on the association's board of directors, she has been a member of its Executive Committee and chair of the Audit Committee. She currently chairs the association's Budget and Finance Committee. Gooden has been an AFCEA member since 1997 and is active in the Washington DC Chapter.

Gooden retired from Lockheed Martin Corporation as the executive vice president of Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) business area. Among the honors she has received:

  • Fortune magazine's Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business for 3 consecutive years
  • Washingtonian magazine's Washington's Most Powerful Women
  • Member of the Career Communications' Hall of Fame
  • Black Enterprise magazine's 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America
  • Member of the Maryland Business Hall of Fame
  • Corporate Board Member magazine's Top 50 Women in Technology
  • Executive of the Year by the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards
  • Black Engineer of the Year by U.S Black Engineer and IT magazine.

In addition to AFCEA, Gooden actively supports professional, academic and civic organizations, serving on numerous executive boards including the Eisenhower Fellowships Board of Trustees; TechAmerica; University Systems of Maryland Board of Regents; and the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. President Obama appointed Gooden to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee in 2010.

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

"I am deeply honored to be elected as the chair of the board for AFCEA," Gooden says. "I'm looking forward to leading such an amazing organization, which has worked for 68 years to provide a forum for the ethical exchange of information through the exploration of issues in information technology, communications and electronics for the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities."

Kent Schneider, president and chief executive officer, AFCEA International, describes Gooden as a long-time leader in industry and AFCEA. "We are delighted to see her move to the position of chair of the AFCEA Board of Directors and look forward to her leadership in the association and the community," he says.

AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry and academia. Join online.

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