Anna Kretz, 54
Vehicle Line Executive, Front-Wheel-Drive Trucks, General Motors
Education: B.S., engineering, Oakland University; M.S., industrial management, Central Michigan University
First automotive job: Doing system-level design work for future electronics for vehicles at GM in 1972
Most fun automotive job: "My assignment with Saturn in 1985 when it was a startup company. It was all of the aspects involved with starting up a new unit."
Career highlights (all with GM)
- 1995-2000 Vehicle line executive, large cars, North America car group
- 1995 Engineering director, process and product assurance, Cadillac/Luxury Car Division
- 1992-95 Director, product and technical planning, North American Operations
- 1991-92 Group director, planning, Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac group
- 1989-91 Director, product assurance, Saturn Corp.
- 1985-89 Chief engineer, electrical and electronics, Saturn
- 1981-85 Staff engineer, electrical, Buick
- 1974-81 Senior project engineer, Buick
- 1972-74 Engineer, Buick
Proudest achievement: "When I was working on the 1978 Buick Riviera, we put the first cathode ray tube screens into production.
"It was very complicated for those days because it was a new technology."
Current challenge: "Ensuring that products that enter the market do so in a very quick time frame and are very well received by the consumer."
On being successful: "Understand where you need to get to - an end goal - and drive very hard to surpass that goal."
What about the auto industry surprised you: "Complexity and the speed of change in every aspect of it. Over the years, the arena has changed slightly, but it continues to be true."
What women need to know for success in the auto industry: "You have to believe in yourself and your own capability."
Job to which you aspire: "I would aspire to more product responsibility than I have."
What you do to relax: "I read, and I like outdoor activities."