Karen Healy, 46
VP, Corporate Affairs and Facilities, Delphi
Education: Bachelor's, journalism, Michigan State University
First automotive job: Personnel secretary, Fisher Body Division, General Motors, 1976
Proudest achievement: "Being part of the team that took Delphi public and watching the 'birth' of DPH from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Feb. 5, 1999."
On being successful: "My mom once told me to always keep your sense of humor, and that's so true. Trust your gut feelings: Follow your head, and your heart. And never, ever forget that everybody in the company has a special role in its success. No one is too big for a small job, or too small for an important challenge."
On being a woman in the industry: "There have been many times that I wished I'd helped my dad when he was tinkering with our cars in the garage when I was young because I would have learned about auto technology a lot earlier. So I had to learn about technology and manufacturing while I was surrounded by it. That's a steep learning curve, but it was fun. And sometimes, it's tough to be among the few women's voices in the room but I learned quickly that just because your opinion is different doesn't make it invalid. You learn fast to speak up and hold your ground."
Delphi Automotive Systems spun off from General Motors in May 1999. Other positions at Delphi Automotive Systems and General Motors include:
- 1998-2000 VP, Corporate Affairs, Delphi Automotive Systems
- 1997-98 Executive Director of Communications, Delphi Automotive Systems
- 1996-98 Manufacturing Manager, Delphi Flint East Operations, Plants 6 and 7
- 1995-96 Director, Corporate Communications, General Motors Central Office
- 1995 Director of Communications, Delphi Automotive Systems (formerly Automotive Components Group Worldwide)
- 1993-95 Director, Media Communications, Automotive Components Group Worldwide, General Motors