Title: Senior Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer
Florence D. Hudson serves as the primary focal point to activate the tremendous innovative capacity of the entire Internet2 community. Through technology-driven initiatives across and beyond advanced networking and infrastructure, federated identity management and cloud services, she broadens the scope and value of Internet2 for its members by proactively and collaboratively working with the research and education (R&E) community to develop and implement new, leading-edge concepts.
Hudson has more than 33 years in leadership positions at IBM, including director of Internet of Things Business Development, vice president and director in Corporate Strategy, vice president in the Systems and Technology Group, and vice president and acting chief technology officer of the IBM Global Industrial Sector. She has led the development of business and technical growth strategies, partnerships and execution plans for the Internet of Things, analytics, energy and environment, cloud computing, hardware, software and services. She brings a unique integration of business and technical experience to senior strategic leadership—both for Internet2 and the broader research and higher education community—in the areas of innovation, advanced technologies and new services.
During her career, Hudson spent a year as executive-on-loan and IBM vice president of strategic planning for the Society of Women Engineers where she developed new programs to inspire girls and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics worldwide.
Prior to her numerous leadership roles at IBM, Hudson worked for Hewlett-Packard, Grumman Corporation and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she worked on projects including solar power satellites, the space shuttle program and future missions around Jupiter. Hudson holds a B.S.E. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University, and has attended executive education at Harvard Business School and Columbia University.
Hudson has lectured widely on many topics, including a TEDx talk regarding energy and the environment in 2012, as well as at Advanced Energy Conferences, Princeton, Columbia and Harvard Universities, and in many countries including China, South Korea, Vietnam, Spain, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Trinidad.
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