Amy Farmer, 45
Plant Manager, Lansing (Mich.) Car Assembly, General Motors
Education: B.B.A., University of Michigan-Flint
First automotive job: Employee-in-training, Buick City plant operations, Flint, Mich., 1977
Proudest achievement: "Team Buick City received top assembly plant honors with the 1999 Worldwide Plant Award from J.D. Power and Associates."
On being successful: "Be fair and consistent. Always recognize people's strengths and provide them with opportunities to improve, to learn and to be successful. While it's important to provide strategic direction, it's just as critical that you know exactly when to lead, when to follow and when to get out of the way."
On being a woman in the industry: "Many women are a part of today's automotive industry, which has not always been the case. Setting aside the issues associated with that change, I feel we are 90 percent to the point in time where being a female on a team is only an issue if you choose to make it one."
Other positions at General Motors include:
- 1998-99 Plant Manager, Buick City, Flint, Mich.
- 1995-98 Assistant Plant Manager, Buick City
- 1977-95 Various materials management positions, Buick City