Helen Emsley, 35
Chief Designer, Color and Trim, General Motors Design Center, General Motors
Education: B.A., Birmingham Polytechnic College; Master's, Transport Design, Royal College of Art
First automotive job: Designer at Adam Opel AG in Germany, 1989
Proudest achievement: "Having the opportunity to head the Color and Trim Studio at GM Design USA."
On being successful: "There are many reasons for success. They include having knowledge of your work; a passion for your job; and the ability to build a team that shares your goals."
On being a woman in the industry: "Leadership positions, especially in Germany, are usually dominated by males. The challenges that face women in the industry are great. The positive side of this is that you work harder to prove yourself. You are more aware and more sensitive to your environment and the people with whom you work."
Positions at Adam Opel include:
- 1994-98 Assistant Chief Designer, Color and Trim
- 1989-94 Lead Designer, Color and Trim