Sheryl Welsh Hyman, 42
Senior Vice President, Robert Bosch LLC
Education: B.A., industrial engineering, Lafayette College; M.B.A., University of South Carolina
What your college professors didn't teach you: "Take advantage of connections. ... They will help you get in the door no matter what your degree."
First automotive job: Cost estimator at the Bosch manufacturing site in Charleston, S.C., in 1988
- 2003-04 Vice president, General Motors sales, Robert Bosch Corp., Farmington Hills, Mich.
- 2002-03 Vice president, sales planning and marketing, Robert Bosch, Farmington Hills, Mich.
- 1997-2002 Director; pricing, planning and sales administration; Robert Bosch, Farmington Hills, Mich.
- 1994-96 Manager, ABS sales and pricing, Robert Bosch GmbH, Schwieberdingen, Germany
- 1988-94 Cost estimator, Robert Bosch Corp., Charleston, S.C.
Most fun automotive job: "Spending three years in Germany managing a pricing department."
Biggest mistake and what you learned: "Committing to having an assignment done in 30 minutes. Thirty minutes later, my boss is standing over my shoulder waiting for the output. I learned to ask when the assignment is needed and assess the reality of meeting that timing, then deliver on time."
Proudest achievement: "Seeing the associates (whom) I spent time helping to develop over the years continue to be promoted and happy about their careers."
Current challenge: "Changing the current culture to align with the expectations of the Asian OEMs to expand our business."
On being successful: "Anticipate your audience's expectations, whether it be a customer, boss or colleague. The more prepared and knowledgeable about the audience, the more powerful the message."
What about the auto industry surprised you: "The incredibly connected network of people in the industry."
What women need to know for success in the auto industry: "Utilize your natural ability to multitask and get involved in cross-functional teams to be as visible in the organization as possible."
Job to which you aspire: "Member of the board of management."
What you do to relax: "Watch movies with my son, Jonathon."