Linda Hasenfratz, 39
CEO, Linamar Corp.
Education: B.S., chemistry, University of Western Ontario; Executive M.B.A., University of Western Ontario
What your college professors didn't teach you: "They can provide the tools, but there is no substitute (for) hands-on practical experience."
First automotive job: Machining steering knuckles on the factory floor at Linamar in 1990
Career highlights (all with Linamar)
- 1999-2002 President
- 1997-99 COO
- 1997 General manager of two plants
- 1995-97 Plant manager
- 1994-95 Marketing manager, Traxle subsidiary
- 1993-94 Administrative manager, accounting, Traxle
- 1991-93 Materials manager, Traxle
Most fun automotive job: "Toss-up: Running a plant and being CEO."
Biggest mistake and what you learned: "Moving too quickly on a strategic initiative.
"You need to take more time to think through an acquisition or joint venture."
Proudest achievement: "Toss-up: Launching a new plant, launching a new product."
Current challenge: "Finding the right people with which to grow."
On being successful: "You can never dwell on being successful. Celebrate success, but immediately turn to the next challenge."
What about the auto industry surprised you: "The customer-supplier relationship."
What women need to know for success in the auto industry: "Get involved. There is a lot of opportunity in the industry."
Job to which you aspire: "To continue on in my position and meet the growth plans we have set."
What you do to relax: "Travel and spend time with the family."