To the Editor:
Thank you for your excellent Nov. 9 issue highlighting the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry.
Virtually every female executive we interact with in the automotive world is as competent as the women you highlighted in Automotive News. I think we have reached an age when both men and women are gauged by their talents and contribution to their respective companies rather than their gender. Talented people succeed; nobody gets a free pass.
I am grateful to be associated with the automotive industry at this time. There were some luminaries in the past who built the industry, but right now the bar is the highest it has ever been across all manufacturers.
Seeing the high level of talent the 100 women bring to the industry, I think we can rest assured the good-old-boy mentality is gone forever.
IPG Photonics Corp.