Nancy Philippart, 43
Group Director of Planning, North American Car Group, General Motors
Education: B.S., industrial engineering, Wayne State University; Master's, economics, Wayne State University; M.S., biomedical/civil engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
First automotive job: Human Factors Engineer, General Motors Design Center, 1981
Proudest achievement: "Developing product portfolio for GM North America with 50 percent new, innovative vehicles and seeing these products starting to hit the road now."
On being successful: "Stretch yourself to do your best and build relationships with colleagues, suppliers and customers so they will stretch with you."
On being a woman in the industry: "At times challenging, sometimes isolating, but always satisfying knowing that women are an ever-increasing voice in the industry."
Other positions at General Motors include:
- 1998-2000 Executive Director, Product Portfolio Management
- 1996-98 Director, Car Alliance P