Mary Gustanski, 48
Director, Engineering, Customer Satisfaction, Program Management and Operations, Delphi
Why did you want to work in the auto industry? The auto industry offered the best opportunity to apply engineering and manufacturing learning on the factory floor.
First automotive job: An associate project engineer in 1985 at GM's AC Spark Plug plant in Flint, Mich.
Proudest professional achievement: Participating on the leadership team at Delphi that emerged from bankruptcy with the confidence of customers intact.
Current challenge at work: Handling the pace of growth after the recession.
Dream job: CEO or top management of an auto component or manufacturing company.
On being tested: As a young mechanical engineer, I had some skilled tradesmen test me by taking me up 30 feet in a scissor lift to fix some pipes. The operator intentionally hit the cage on the overhead pipes to spill dust all over me. They thought I would want to clean up and take them to quitting time. I said, "Let's finish the job."
What you do to relax: Garden.
-- David Barkholz