Mary Schafer, 42
Director, Delphi Global Production Control and Logistics, Delphi
Education: Bachelor's, industrial administration, General Motors Institute; Master's, management, Sloan Fellow, Stanford University
First automotive job: Cooperative Student, Delphi Automotive Systems, 1977
Proudest achievement: "There have been many that have built upon one another to make me who I am today and proud of who I am."
On being successful: "It is important to find a mentor that you can trust and respect. Set goals and teach and develop others so the whole will grow and remember to always be a student of your profession. Treat others with dignity and respect and be prepared to accept constructive criticism. It is important to foster an environment of continuous improvement and keep an open mind."
On being a woman in the industry: "I have found honesty, integrity, morals and values are essential in developing a leadership style which produces the results that enable the company to achieve its customers' and shareholders' goals. It is difficult to follow at times but will allow for you to feel good about yourself and gain the respect of others."
Other positions at Delphi include:
- 1998-99 Director of Production Control and Logistics, Global Business Processes
- 1997-98 Director of Production Control and Logistics, Seat Assembly and Direct Ship Operations
- 1996-97 Director, Seat Assembly and Direct Ship Operations
- 1992-95 Chief Product Engineer, Interior Systems