Sharon Corrigan, 52
Vice President, Marketing, Jaguar North America
Why did you want to work in the auto industry? When I compared marketing and selling toothpaste vs. cars, cars won hands down. The emotion and passion surrounding the automobile business drew me in, and I never looked back.
First automotive job: In November 1983 I did the Ford college graduate training program at Lincoln Mercury in the Washington, D.C., district office and was offered a job.
Proudest professional achievement: The Jaguar City Takeover campaign for the XJ we are now doing. We were able to go into the two largest markets -- Los Angeles and New York -- and we were everywhere.
Current challenge at work: We are a small company, and there is a challenge trying to manage dealers who have to deal with the recession. Everyone wants Jaguar to succeed. The new XJ is crucial. It is a car that needs to be a success for us and the dealers.
What you do to relax: I garden, mostly flowers, and do landscaping at my home in New Jersey. I like to get my hands in the dirt.
-- Diana T. Kurylko