Lynn TILTONCEO • Patriarch Partners • Age 51
First automotive job: I bought three auto parts stamping companies in 2005 and operated them as Global Automotive Systems.
Proudest professional achievement: I bought and preserved 75 distressed companies, saving 250,000 jobs.
Current challenge at work: To continue to innovate in manufacturing where capital is severely restricted.
Why does the auto industry seem like a difficult environment for female executives? There's a perceived ceiling of where women can reach.
On Tony's mistake: In my first meeting with Tony Brown [Ford purchasing chief], he asked me if Patriarch Partners was just another private equity company intent on stripping and flipping Dura. I said: Tony, you must be mistaken. It's only men that I strip and flip.
What you do to relax: Read and work out.
— David Barkholz