1. What was your reaction to finding out that you were named
by Forbes as one of the world’s most powerful women?
Well, it’s certainly exciting to be named to that very
prestigious list and humbling to be in the company of so
many brilliant, successful women. One of the primary
reasons I’m on the list is because I lead a world-class
company. Lockheed Martin is a $45 billion global enterprise
that’s performing very well for our customers and our
stockholders. That’s a credit to the 113,000 talented
men and women of Lockheed Martin, who are delivering
outstanding work. I’m simply a reflection of all of their good
work, and I’m very proud to represent them.
2. What advice would you give to female business students?
My advice for women — or, in fact, for anyone who aspires
to have a successful business career — is don’t set
limits on yourself. Sometimes it’s hard to see the growth
opportunity in a potential new assignment if it’s not what
you had envisioned, so you may dismiss the assignment
before you fully explore it. So my advice is, as you go
after what you want in your career, remain open-minded
to the opportunities that will push you out of your comfort
zone, challenge you and give you a new set of experiences
that will strengthen your expertise. I’ve found that it’s
often the unexpected opportunities that provide the most
3.What is the biggest lesson learned, to date, from
The most important lesson I’ve learned in my career is
that you must always stay grounded in your values. And
that means the company you work for should share those
values. Strong values are where leadership really begins.
One of the many reasons I have loved working at Lockheed
Martin all these years is because our values as a company
align with my personal values. They’re very simple: Do
what’s right, respect others and perform with excellence.
These are the values that guide every one of my
decisions. You’ll face many turning points and tough
decisions throughout your career, and I can tell you from
experience that, for the really tough decisions, you have to
be standing on a solid foundation of values.
4. Do you feel the way has been paved for women to rise in
the leadership ranks of the business world?
Absolutely. I’m encouraged to see a growing number of
remarkable female leaders take their place in business, as
well as politics, the military, academia and every profession.
I’m especially proud of my industry, which has been opening
doors for women for decades. In fact, the aerospace and
defense industry was one of the first to hire women into
nontraditional professional roles. During World War II, many
women went to work hammering, riveting and welding the
ONE OF THE
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
IS CULVERHOUSE ALUMNA
BY EDITH PARTEN
One of the most powerful women in business today is UA Culverhouse alumna Marillyn Hewson, CEO and president of Lockheed Martin Corp. In 2013 Hewson was making headlines and headway. It was a year that included her being named to the top
position at Lockheed Martin and being ranked No. 4 on Fortune magazine’s list of 50 most powerful women in business. She
was also named to Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most powerful women. She was also appointed by President Barack Obama
to the President’s Export Council, the principal national advisory committee on international trade.
Hewson received her bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in economics from UA’s Culverhouse
College of Commerce. She is also a current member of the Culverhouse College of Commerce Board of Visitors. So when
ExecutiveMagazinehad the opportunity for a Q&A with Hewson, we took the opportunity to find out more about her career, life
and path to the top.