Automotive News Europe named its first Woman of the Year in 1996, the year the publication was created. Here's a list of past honorees:
1999: Magda Salarich, Citroen
1998: Rose Mary Farenden, Ford
1997: Anne Asensio, Renault
1996: Gerrit Huy, Daimler-Benz
1997 winner Anne Asensio, who designed the Renault Scenic concept car, is now director of brand character development at General Motors.
1998 winner Rose Mary Farenden, project leader on the Ford Focus, is now Ford's director of global salaried recruiting.
These four women have also been selected for distinguishing themselves in the past year. For more about them, see www.autonewseurope.com.
Vice president in charge of quality for Volvo Car Corp.
Volvo's first and only female vice president
Plant manager, Pininfarina's plant in Bairo Canavese, Italy
In charge of Bairo Canavese plant since 1998; led team that converted former car-seat factory into an assembly plant able to turn out 40,000 cars annually
Director of Central European sales operations and managing director for Ford Distribution Poland
Pushing hard to bring new ideas to Ford's sales operations
Mary Jo Gresens
CFO of the Schaeffler group, a German auto supplier; CEO, Schaeffler's INA's Automotive Division
Top-ranking woman in European auto industry