Looking forward to 2015’s 100 Leading Women

Mary Beth Vander Schaaf is managing editor of Automotive News.Mary Beth Vander Schaaf is managing editor of Automotive News.
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Every five years since 2000, I have been in charge of a massive project at Automotive News -- seeking and learning about top female executives at automakers, suppliers and dealerships so we can compile the list of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry.

I am passionate about the project, but every five years I tell everyone I talk to, “I wish having influential women in the industry wasn’t unusual.”

Suddenly, it’s a bit more usual.

Congratulations to General Motors and its soon to be CEO, Mary Barra.

I have renewed enthusiasm for spotlighting Barra and the 99 other leading women who will make our 2015 list the best yet.

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