Jill Lajdziak, 43
VP, Sales, Service and Marketing, Saturn Corp., General Motors
Education: B.S., business marketing and management, University of Wisconsin
First automotive job: Collection Manager for car dealership
Proudest achievements: "I'm most proud of the role I played in building the Saturn retail network, the retailer partnership approach to our business and building the Saturn brand."
On being successful: "There's no silver bullet. Success is being passionate about your product or service. It's about developing and maintaining an attitude of winning, a spirit of teamwork and integrity. It's about helping others to achieve their goals and business objectives."
On being a woman in the industry: "I find the automotive industry is genderless. Today, the automotive industry is made up of people who know their business and know how to achieve goals."
Other positions at General Motors include:
- 1997 Executive Director, Marketing and Retail Network Development, Saturn Corp.
- 1995 Executive Director, Customer/Retailer Operations and Strategies, Saturn Corp.
- 1986 Manager, Retailer Selection, Saturn Corp.
- 1980 District Sales Manager, Chevrolet