Female CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies: Marillyn Hewson
Fortune 500 Company: Lockheed Martin
Became CEO: January 2013
LMT Stock Under Hewson: 51% (vs. +26% for the S&P 500)
The newest kid on the block for this list of female CEOs is Marillyn Hewson, the current head honcho of Lockheed Martin (LMT). Hewson became one of the most powerful women in business when she was named CEO of Lockheed late last year — and her performance since then shows why.
While Lockheed is facing big-time headwinds, including pinched government spending and this year’s multi-week shutdown, shares of LMT stock have still gained almost twice as much as the broader market since Hewson took over.
Of course, Hewson is pretty darn familiar with the ins and outs of the Lockheed Martin business considering she’s been an employee for three decades. And she hasn’t just stayed with Lockheed because its was the path of least resistance. According to a Washington Post article, Hewson moved her family eight times during her Lockheed career.
Marillyn Hewson is No. 34 on the Forbes list of Power Women, while Lockheed Martin is No. 59 on the list of Fortune 500 companies.