Mary GUSTANSKIDirector, Engineering, Customer Satisfaction, Program Management and Operations • Delphi Powertrain Systems • Age 48
First automotive job: An associate project engineer in 1985 at GM's AC Spark Plug plant in Flint, Mich.
Proudest professional achievement: Participating on the leadership team at Delphi that emerged from bankruptcy with the confidence of customers intact.
Current challenge at work: Handling the pace of growth after the recession.
Dream job: CEO or top management of an auto component or manufacturing company.
On being tested: As a young mechanical engineer, I had some skilled tradesmen test me by taking me up 30 feet in a scissor lift to fix some pipes. The operator intentionally hit the cage on the overhead pipes to spill dust all over me. They thought I would want to clean up and take them to quitting time. I said, "Let's finish the job."
What you do to relax: Garden.
— David Barkholz