DETROIT -- Jean Mayer, who rose through the ranks at Ford Motor Co. to become a global purchasing executive, died Aug. 5. She was 61.
Mayer, one of Automotive News' 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry in 2000 and 2005, began her automotive career as a buyer in Ford's electrical and electronics division in 1977. She held various management positions in the automaker's purchasing operations and became executive director of Asia Pacific purchasing in 2004.
After her 30-year career at Ford, Mayer held executive positions at financial services company TIAA-CREF, Bombardier Aerospace and wind turbine company Ogin Inc.