Kristin Odeh, 39
Director, Marketing, Sales and Service Systems, Ford Motor Co.
Education: B.S., business/retail management, Bradley University
First automotive job: Current position
On being successful: "It takes a lot of thought, organization, planning and most of all an ability to build relationships with people and wanting to help develop other employees to be successful too."
On being a woman in the industry: "It's a challenge to constantly prove to others that you do know what you are talking about and have the qualifications to do this job. That needs to be earned over the course of time with proven deliverables. It should not matter whether you are a man or woman when it comes to successfully accomplishing objectives."
- * 1989-99 Corporate Officer and Senior Systems Director of Marketing, Sears Roebuck & Co., Hoffman Estates, Ill