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Hewson's long Lockheed journey ends at the top

Published on Nov 10, 2012 4:17 PM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Ms Marillyn Hewson likes to joke that she's done nearly every job at Lockheed Martin during her 29 years with the biggest US weapons maker, but that experience should come in handy when she moves into the top job in January.

Ms Hewson moved eight times and held 18 different leadership roles at Lockheed before she was named on Friday as the company's president and chief operating officer.

Ms Hewson, 58, was elected to the job at an emergency board meeting after Mr Chris Kubasik, 51, was fired for having an affair with a female subordinate. She will also become chief executive officer in January, when Mr Bob Stevens retires, a job that Mr Kubasik was supposed to take.

"Marillyn is an exceptional leader with impeccable credentials," Mr Stevens told reporters. "She knows our business, our customers, our shareholders, our commitments and our employees."

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