Automotive News recognizes executives' accomplishments in special issue: 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry

Nov 09, 2015, 00:00 ET from Automotive News

DETROIT, Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Automotive News has named 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry.  The group of influential executives is highlighted in today's special edition of Automotive News and will be honored at a gala celebration tonight at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, Mich. This exciting event will celebrate these women and capture the attention of the leaders in all sectors of the auto industry. 

The list of 100 leading women recognizes leaders in the automotive field – those who make major decisions and have significant influence at their companies.  The 2015 class emerged from a months-long nomination and judging process that attracted hundreds of entries from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

This year's honorees come from 54 companies and 14 disciplines — from manufacturers to engineers, dealer principals to designers.

Today's special issue of Automotive News salutes each leading woman with a career profile and photograph.  The issue also includes stories about women's increasing role in the automotive arena.  (A complete list of the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry follows.)

"A comparison of the 2015 and 2010 Automotive News lists of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry confirms that the status of women in the industry has improved. There are six CEOs among automakers and suppliers on the list this time, up from two in 2010 — the last time the list was compiled.  Among the 2015 honorees, 73 have executive officer titles or are owners of their companies.  That's up from 63," said Mary Beth Vander Schaaf, Automotive News managing editor and editor of the special issue.

Automotive News will recognize each executive on stage in front of Monday evening's gala audience of 900.  The honorees are engaged in such automotive disciplines as design, engineering, finance, information technology, management, manufacturing, marketing, assembly plant management, purchasing, quality, safety and sales.

Deloitte is the exclusive lead sponsor for the issue and event.  Other gold sponsors are:  Ally Financial, AutoNation, Cars.com, Cox Automotive, FCA US, Ford Motor Co., GKN Driveline, General Motors, Heidrick & Struggles, IBM, Inforum, Inteva Products, Magna International, National Automobile Dealers Association, Original Equipment Suppliers Association, Reynolds and Reynolds, Shinola, Toyota and UAW.

Automotive News published the first list of the industry's top female executives in 2000.  A complete list of all four classes of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry is available at www.autonews.com/leadingwomen.

Since 1925, Automotive News has been the primary source for news happening among automotive retailers, suppliers and manufacturers. Distinct from other publications in the field, Automotive News remains a fully subscriber-paid publication, a testament to the value it delivers to the reader. The award-winning weekly print edition, robust website, email newsletters and video broadcasts are backed by a global team of more than 65 editors and reporters.

2015 Automotive News

100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry

Olga Alavanou


Executive Vice President, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Business Units

Yazaki North America

Diane Allen


Senior Design Manager

Nissan Design America

Lisa Bahash


Vice President and General Manager, Original Equipment, Power Solutions

Johnson Controls

Chris Barman


Vice President, Engineering

FCA US

Janet Barnard


President

Manheim North America

Mary Barra


CEO

General Motors

Birgit Behrendt


Vice President, Global Programs and Purchasing Operations

Ford Motor Co.

Becky Blanchard


Director, Ram Truck Brand

FCA US

Alicia Boler-Davis


Senior Vice President, Global Connected Customer Experience

General Motors

Sandra Bouckley


Vice President of Manufacturing Engineering

GKN Driveline

Kim Brink


COO

Team Detroit/Blue Hive

Kim Brycz


Executive Director, Global Product Purchasing

General Motors

Robin Chase


Chairman

Veniam

Catherine Clegg


GM North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations Vice President

General Motors

Francoise Colpron


Group President, North America

Valeo

Lisa Copeland


Managing Partner

Fiat-Alfa Romeo of Austin

Dianne Craig


President and CEO

Ford Motor Co. of Canada

Leah Curry


Vice President, Toyota Manufacturing-Indiana

Toyota Motor North America

Kathleen Dilworth


Executive Director, Global Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering

General Motors

Tracey Doi


Group Vice President and CFO

Toyota Motor North America

Thasuna Brown Duckett


CEO

Chase Auto Finance

Helen Emsley


Executive Director, Global GMC Design and User Experience

General Motors

Cindy Estrada


Vice President

UAW

Joy Falotico


Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Americas and Strategic Planning

Ford Motor Credit Co.

Felicia Fields


Group Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services

Ford Motor Co.

Marcy Fisher Clifford


Vehicle Line Director, Global CD Programs

Ford Motor Co.

Pamela Fletcher


Executive Chief Engineer for Electrified Vehicles

General Motors

Karen Folger


Vice President, Original Equipment Services Sales, North America

Bosch Automotive Service Solutions

Elena Ford


Vice President, Global Dealer and Consumer Experience

Ford Motor Co.

Cherlyn Foster


Manufacturing Manager, Finishing and Automotive

Alcoa

Lisa Frary


Vice President of Quality

Autoliv North America Division

Julie Fream


CEO

Original Equipment Suppliers Association

Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel


Director, Supply Chain Management Commercial Operations

FCA US

Elizabeth Griffith


Director of Engineering, Product Development & Design, GM Global

Faurecia

Jan Griffiths


Vice President of Supply Chain Management

Inteva Products

Mary Gustanski


Vice President of Engineering and Program Management

Delphi Automotive

Corey Haire


Regional Vice President and General Manager

CarMax

Colleen Haley


Global Head of Ford Business Unit in North America and Charmain
of Yazaki Mercosur

Yazaki North America

Jeneanne Hanley


Vice President, Global Trim and Craftsmanship

Lear Corp.

Lara Harrington


Chief Engineer, Automotive Development

Honda R&D Americas

Linda Hasenfratz


CEO

Linamar Corp.

Pam Heminger


Division Manager, Business Division

Honda of America Manufacturing

Sheri Hickok


Chief Engineer, Next-Generation of Full-Size Trucks

General Motors

Marissa Hunter


Director, FCA US Brand Advertising and Head of Advertising Ram Truck Brand

FCA US

Sharon Kitzman


Vice President and General Manager, DMS

Dealertrack Technologies

Marcy Klevorn


Chief Information Officer

Ford Motor Co.

Darlene S. Knight


Group Vice President and General Manager, Complete Seat Americas

Johnson Controls

Christine Krathwohl


Vice President of Global Supply Chain

Cooper Standard Holdings

Staci Kroon


Executive Vice President, Eaton Business System

Eaton

Julie Kurcz


Executive Director of Product Quality

Kia Motors America

Chantel Lenard


Director of U.S. Marketing

Ford Motor Co.

Michele Lieber


Chief Public Policy Officer

Ally Financial

Grace Lieblein


Vice President, Global Quality

General Motors

Marjorie Loeb


Senior Vice President—General Counsel

FCA US

Lisa Lunsford


CEO

GS3 Global

Alexandria Maciag


Director of Manufacturing, North America Automatic Transmission Operations

Ford Motor Co.

Janice Maiden


Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sealing and Gaskets and
Systems Protection, Federal-Mogul Powertrain

Federal-Mogul Corp.

Millie Marshall


President, Toyota Manufacturing-West Virginia

Toyota Motor North America

Julie Martin


Vice President of Sales and Marketing

HELLA Corporate Center USA

Kim McCullough


Vice President of Marketing

Jaguar Land Rover North America

Doneen McDowell


Executive Director, Global-GMNA Vehicle Systems in Manufacturing Engineering

General Motors

Karen McKemie


Divisional Vice President

Sonic Automotive

Cheryl Miller


Executive Vice President and CFO

AutoNation

Susan Moll


Vice President, Customer Services

Dominion Dealer Solutions

Barbara Mousigian


Vice President of Product

Cars.com

Terri Mulcahey


Executive Vice President of Marketing

Penske Automotive Group

Pam Nicholson


President and CEO

Enterprise Holdings

Cindy Niekamp


Senior Vice President, PPG Automotive OEM Coatings

PPG Industries

Andrica Nuechterlein


Vice President, Global Sales- Electrical

Lear Corp.

Seval Oz


CEO, Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems

Continental AG

Donna Parlapiano


Senior Vice President of Franchise Operations and Corporate Real Estate

AutoNation

Barbara J. Pilarski


Vice President—Business Development

FCA US

Kimberly Pittel


Vice President, Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering

Ford Motor Co.

Tania Pratnicki Young


Plant Manager, Dundee Engine Plant

FCA US

Michelle Primm


Managing Partner

Cascade Auto Group

Teri Quigley


Plant Manager, Silao Complex

General Motors

Sonia Rief


Director of Vehicle Program Management

Nissan Technical Center North America

Andrea Riley


Chief Marketing Officer

Ally Financial

Victoria Rusnak


CEO

Rusnak Auto Group

Rose Ryntz


Vice President, Advanced Development and Material Engineering

IAC Group

Marsha Shields


President

Red McCombs Automotive

Christine Sitek


Executive Director, Global Quality Operations

General Motors

Alison Spitzer


President

Spitzer Automotive

Maximiliane Straub


CFO and Executive Vice President, Finance, Controlling and Administration

Robert Bosch

Kristin Tabar


Vice President, Toyota Technical Center

Toyota Motor North America

Diana Tremblay


Vice President of Global Business Services

General Motors

Carrie Uhl


Vice President of Procurement, Americas

Magna International

Desi Ujkashevic


Global Director, Body Interior Engineering

Ford Motor Co.

Bonnie Van Etten


Vice President- NAFTA/FCA US Chief Accounting Officer

FCA US

Alexi Venneri


CEO

Digital Air Strike

Rebecca Vest


Vice President, Purchasing

Nissan North America

Marlo Vitous


Director, Product Development Purchasing

FCA US

Valery Voyles


Chairman and CEO

Ed Voyles Automotive Group

Kim Williams


Vice President- Modules Manufacturing and Quality

Calsonic Kansei North America

Marsha Winegarden


Global Executive Director, New Model Programs

Ford Motor Co.

Kathy Winter


Vice President of Software & Services, Automated Driving

Delphi Automotive

Lori Wittman


Vice President and General Manager

VinSolutions

Mary Ann Wright


Group Vice President of Engineering and Product Development, Power Solutions

Johnson Controls

Minjuan Zhang


General Manager, Toyota Research Institute, North America

Toyota Motor North America

Jamie Zinser


Global Engineering Director- Structural Systems Division

Dura Automotive Systems

 

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