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,, 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

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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


Janet Barnard


Manheim North America

Mary Barra


General Motors

Birgit Behrendt

Vice President, Global Programs and Purchasing Operations

Ford Motor Co.

Becky Blanchard

Director, Ram Truck Brand


Alicia Boler-Davis

Senior Vice President, Global Connected Customer Experience

General Motors

Sandra Bouckley

Vice President of Manufacturing Engineering

GKN Driveline

Kim Brink


Team Detroit/Blue Hive

Kim Brycz

Executive Director, Global Product Purchasing

General Motors

Robin Chase



Catherine Clegg

GM North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations Vice President

General Motors

Francoise Colpron

Group President, North America


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


Chase Auto Finance

Helen Emsley

Executive Director, Global GMC Design and User Experience

General Motors

Cindy Estrada

Vice President


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


Lisa Frary

Vice President of Quality

Autoliv North America Division

Julie Fream


Original Equipment Suppliers Association

Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel

Director, Supply Chain Management Commercial Operations


Elizabeth Griffith

Director of Engineering, Product Development & Design, GM Global


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


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


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


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


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


Lisa Lunsford


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


Susan Moll

Vice President, Customer Services

Dominion Dealer Solutions

Barbara Mousigian

Vice President of Product

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


Barbara J. Pilarski

Vice President—Business Development


Kimberly Pittel

Vice President, Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering

Ford Motor Co.

Tania Pratnicki Young

Plant Manager, Dundee Engine Plant


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


Rusnak Auto Group

Rose Ryntz

Vice President, Advanced Development and Material Engineering

IAC Group

Marsha Shields


Red McCombs Automotive

Christine Sitek

Executive Director, Global Quality Operations

General Motors

Alison Spitzer


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


Alexi Venneri


Digital Air Strike

Rebecca Vest

Vice President, Purchasing

Nissan North America

Marlo Vitous

Director, Product Development Purchasing


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


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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