Kathleen Ligocki, 43
President and CEO, Ford of Mexico, Ford Motor Co.
Education: B.A., liberal studies, Indiana University; M.B.A., international business, marketing and finance, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
First automotive job: Production Foreman, Delco Electronics, Kokomo, Ind., 1979
Proudest achievement: "I have had the opportunity to break paradigms about what women can and cannot do. For example, in running operations in Mexico, Italy, Spain, Egypt, even Saudi Arabia, I was able to build cultural bridges across nationalities not despite my gender difference but because I brought a different perspective, a collaborative style and a compassion for people that is part of my being a woman. Now, as one of the most senior corporate women in all Latin America, I am again in a position to break the traditional mold while continuing my personal growth. Winning the battle of hearts and minds is always the most proud victory."
On being successful: "At the end of the day, success is being happy with one's life. For me, exhilaration comes from doing work I believe important with people I respect."
On being a woman in the industry: "Women bring something unique to the table - our skills in listening, empathy and collaboration. These capabilities provide an advantage in working across cultures, across genders, across backgrounds. As power transitions to consumers and employees, people-focused abilities will be a major competitive advantage in all markets of the world."
- 1998-99 Director, Business Strategy, Ford Motor Co.
Positions at United Technologies Automotive, Dearborn, Mich., include:
- 1997-98 VP, Strategy and Worldwide Sales
- 1996-97 VP and General Manager, Motor Systems
Positions at Delco Electronics, Hughes Electronics Corp., General Motors, include:
- 1993-94 Process Owner, Strategy Management
- 1991-93 Operations Manager, Matamoras, Mexico