100 Leading Women
 

Recession, greener pastures thin the ranks of automotive women

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2010
As GM and Chrysler spiraled toward bankruptcy and Ford made severe cutbacks to avoid the same fate, massive cost cutting reduced leadership opportunities for women in the industry.... Read More »
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    100 Leading Women: We can all be proud
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    In this special section, we celebrate 100 Leading Women from all areas of the automobile business. Amazingly, two-thirds of these 100 remarkable women were not on the list of Leading Women in 2005, the last time Automotive News took such an in-depth look at the industry's most powerful and accomplished women. The change has been dramatic.
    Sept. 13, 12:01 am U.S. ET
 
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Women's welcome hasn't always been warm
Catcalls, girlie calendars on the walls, being mistaken for secretaries or wives, having to use the worker's entrance at men-only clubs. Many of today's top women in the auto industry have seen a lot during their careers. Some behavior has been clueless but not malicious. Other episodes suggest downright hazing. The good thing: Such behavior has diminished tremendously.
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Technology — and a me-too push from men — help quest for flexible schedule
Juggling day care pickups, soccer schedules, household tasks and work that goes beyond 9-to-5 has long been a struggle for working women. In decades past, the auto industry took that to an extreme. It's still a challenge, especially the higher the climb up the corporate ladder. But helping the cause is that men, especially younger men, want to go to those soccer games, too — or they now get stuck at home when the sitter doesn't show up.
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Balancing work, home life is always Job 1
Twelve automotive executives gathered for a panel discussion of Automotive News' 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry. The women agreed that the Detroit 3 are accommodating to women who want to balance work and family responsibilities. But some said some suppliers and foreign automakers lag behind the Detroit 3.
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To attract women, industry must change recruiting methods
Increasing the number of women in the auto industry requires some new approaches to recruiting, said participants at a roundtable of some of the 100 Leading Women. One key is portraying fields such as powertrain engineering as cool, they said.
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3 Leading Women on a world stage
Three General Motors executives who had been on Automotive News' tentative list of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry have since been posted abroad. Because they are not based in North America, they were removed from the list even though their influence and reach may have expanded.
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How we selected 100 leaders
For 10 years we have intently watched women in the auto industry. Three times, we have compiled a list of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry. This is how we do it.
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100 Leading Women, 2010
 

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Olga ALAVANOU

Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Management • Yazaki North America • Age 48
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Diane ALLEN

Design Manager • Nissan Design America Inc. • Age 50
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Chris BARMAN

Vehicle Line Executive, E Segment Vehicles • Chrysler Group • Age 38
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Mary BARRA

Vice President, Global Human Resources • General Motors Co. • Age 48
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Birgit BEHRENDT

Executive Director, Global Programs and the Americas Purchasing • Ford Motor Co. • Age 50
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Jan BERTSCH

Vice President and Treasurer • BorgWarner Inc. • Age 53
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Sue BOEHLKE

Senior Vice President, Manheim Products & Processes • Manheim • Age 53
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Alicia BOLER-DAVIS

North American Vehicle Line Executive, Vehicle Chief Engineer for the Gamma Platform; and Plant Manager, Orion Assembly • General Motors Co. • Age 41
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Liz BOONE

Director of Advertising Strategy • General Motors Co. • Age 44
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Susan BRENNAN

Vice President, Manufacturing — Smyrna/Decherd • Nissan North America Inc. • Age 48
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Kim BRYCZ

Executive Director, Indirect, Machinery and Equipment, Global Purchasing & Supply Chain. • General Motors Co. • Age 49
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Jully BURAU

Global Vehicle Chief Engineer, Full-Sized Trucks and Vans • General Motors Co. • Age 53
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Shari BURGESS

Vice President, Treasurer • Lear Corp. • Age 52
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Kelli CARNEY

Senior Vice President, Purchasing • International Automotive Components Group • Age 46
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Tedi CASASANTA

Head of Powertrain Quality • Chrysler Group • Age 49
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Rita CASE

Vice President • Rick Case Automotive Group • Age 55
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Linda CASH

Director, North America Vehicle Operations Manufacturing Engineering • Ford Motor Co. • Age 48
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Angie CHATTIN

President • CarMax Auto Finance • Age 42
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Sue CISCHKE

Group Vice President, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering • Ford Motor Co. • Age 56
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Joan CLAYBROOK

President Emeritus • Public Citizen • Age 73
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Cathy CLEGG

Vice President of Labor Relations • General Motors Co. • Age 50
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Francoise COLPRON

National Director, North America • Valeo • Age 40
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Barbra COOPER

Group Vice President and Chief Information Officer • Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. • Age 62
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Sharon CORRIGAN

Vice President, Marketing • Jaguar North America • Age 52
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Judy CURRAN

Director, Vehicle Evaluation and Verification & PD Factory • Ford Motor Co. • Age 49
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Shannon CURRY

Treasurer • American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. • Age 39
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