Christine MacKenzie, 46
VP, Retail Strategies, DaimlerChrysler
Education: Business degree, University of Waikato, New Zealand
First automotive job: Financial Analyst, Chrysler Corp., 1981
Proudest achievement: "There is not just one major achievement in my career that I can point to as my proudest moment, rather a number of accomplishments that add to an overall satisfying experience. For example, when I joined Marketing, I worked on developing the marketing plan for the Dodge Ram pickup; and then when I first saw that vehicle on the road, I felt proud to be part of the team that brought that vehicle to market. Likewise, when I saw a commercial on television that I had been responsible for, it was good to know that I had played a part in its development. Or today, working in the e-commerce arena, it is exciting to see our company's Web sites on the Internet."
On being successful: "My success has come from a number of people believing in me, together with a lot of hard work. Now I have an opportunity to give back to the corporation that has been so supportive and I believe the best way I can give back is through mentoring and being a positive role model to my staff."
On being a woman in the industry: "I was fortunate to have entered the manufacturing world at a time when this was becoming acceptable. My company has treated me extremely well and has opened many opportunities. Being a woman in the auto industry has been tremendously exciting and rewarding, probably little different than if I were a man."
Other positions at DaimlerChrysler (formerly Chrysler Corp.) include:
- 1996-2000 Director, Customer Connect
- 1992-96 National Advertising Manager, Corporate
- 1990-92 National Advertising Manager, Jeep-Eagle
- 1988-90 Marketing Plans Manager, Dodge
- 1986-88 Assistant Controller, Chrysler Canada