Anne Stevens, 51
Executive Director, Vehicle Operations, Manufacturing, Ford Motor Co.
Education: B.S., dual degree in mechanical and materials engineering, Drexel University; Graduate-level business study at Rutgers University
First automotive job: Summer intern in scientific research lab at Ford
Proudest achievement: Drawing on her cross-functional experience to improve systems capabilities and develop employees
On being successful: "It's (formal) education and how you manage and structure and work with the company to develop yourself, plus the personal characteristics you have to have to get it done. I can be pretty tenacious, pretty intent, and my own personal expectation is perfection."
On being a woman in the industry: "Being a woman brings a different perspective and style to any position I'm in. And being a woman in a still predominantly white male culture, you've got to understand what the system is and how you work within it to influence and deliver the results you need to deliver. You have to understand the situation more because you're in a culture that's different."
After holding engineering, manufacturing and marketing positions at Exxon Chemical Co., Stevens joined Ford in 1990. Other positions at Ford include:
- 1999-2000 Director, Manufacturing Business Office for Ford in North America
- 1997-99 Assistant Vehicle Line Director, Small Car Vehicle Center, Ford Automotive Operations, Dunton, England
- 1995-97 Plant Manager, Enfield, England, Automotive Components Division
- 1995 Manufacturing Manager, Plastic and Trim Products Operations, Automotive Components Division
- 1992-95 Manager, Quality Services Department, Plastic and Trim Products Operations, Automotive Components Division, Saline, Mich., plant
- 1990-92 Marketing Specialist, Plastic Products D