Automotive News Celebrates Executives' Accomplishments With 100 Leading Women In The North American Auto Industry

DETROIT, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Automotive News has named 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry. The group of influential executives is highlighted in today's special edition of Automotive News and will be honored at a gala dinner Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit, Mich.

The list of 100 leading women recognizes women who are leaders in the automotive field -- those who make major decisions and have significant influence at their companies. The 2005 class emerged from a months-long nomination and judging process that attracted hundreds of entries from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

"As women increasingly join and continue to advance through the management ranks, making major contributions to their companies and the North American auto industry, it's important to applaud their talents," said Peter Brown, Automotive News associate publisher and editorial director. "We're pleased to shine the spotlight on this impressive group of executives."

Today's special issue of Automotive News salutes each leading woman with a career profile and photograph. The special issue also includes stories about women's increasing role in the automotive arena. (A complete listing of the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry follows.)

"We had a tremendous field of candidates to consider for our leading women list. Many of the women we selected have operational jobs. They work at auto companies, suppliers and dealerships. The list includes seven CEOs, three COOs, 13 presidents, 52 vice presidents, four assembly plant managers and one race car driver," said Mary Beth Vander Schaaf, Automotive News assistant managing editor and editor of the special issue.

Automotive News will recognize each executive on stage before Wednesday evening's gala audience of 800. The honorees are engaged in such automotive disciplines as design, energy, engineering, environment, finance, human resources, information technology, legal, management, manufacturing, marketing, assembly plant management, corporate affairs, customer service, purchasing, quality, regulatory affairs, safety and sales.

Automotive News will honor its 100 Leading Women by contributing a portion of the proceeds from the gala to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. During the presentation Meredith Corporation, one of the evening's sponsors, will also present a $5,000 scholarship to a female student at Detroit's College for Creative Studies.

Inforum, formerly the Women's Economic Club, is a co-sponsor of the gala dinner. Other sponsors include: ArvinMeritor, Automotive Women's Alliance,, BearingPoint, Booz Allen Hamilton, DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company, ExxonMobil, General Motors, IBM, JWT, Magna International, Manheim, Meredith Corporation, Minacs Worldwide, Tower Automotive, WE: Women's Entertainment, Visteon Corporation and Yazaki North America.

Automotive News published a first listing of the industry's top female executives in September 2000. A complete listing of both classes of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry is available at .

Automotive News is a critical source of news, data, analysis and information for the North American auto industry for automakers, dealers and suppliers. It is the only 100 percent paid publication in the industry with circulation exceeding 80,000.

    2005 Automotive News
    100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry

    Diane Allen - Design Manager - Nissan Design America Inc.

    Anne Asensio - Executive Director, Advanced Design - General Motors

    Katy Barclay - Vice President, Global Human Resources - General Motors

    Mary Barra - Executive Director, Vehicle Manufacturing Engineering -
      General Motors

    Jan Beauchamp - IBM General Manager, Global Automotive Industry -
      IBM Corp.

    Anne Belec - President and CEO - Volvo Cars of North America Inc.

    Jan Bertsch - Vice President, Sales and Marketing Finance - Chrysler Group

    Jane Beseda - Group Vice President and General Manager, North American
      Parts and Accessories - Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

    Jean Blackwell - Executive Vice President, CFO - Cummins Inc.

    Sandra Bouckley - Plant Manager, Pilot Process Verification Center, Conner
      Ave. Assembly Plant and Sterling Heights Vehicle Test Center -
      Chrysler Group

    Susan Brennan - Director, Manufacturing, North America Vehicle
      Operations - Ford Motor Co.

    Adriane Brown - President and CEO - Honeywell Transportation Systems

    Barb Brown - Senior Partner, Executive Management Director,
      Ford Retail - JWT

    Lorie Buckingham - Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer -
      Visteon Corp.

    Christine Bucklin - COO - Inc.

    Faye Caballero - President and CEO - Black River Plastics

    Mary Carpenter - Executive Vice President and COO - GM Planworks

    Theodora Casasanta - Director, Proactive Quality Systems, Corporate
      Quality - Chrysler Group

    Michelle Cervantez - Vice President, Marketing - Hyundai Motor America

    Sue Cischke - Vice President, Environmental and Safety Engineering -
      Ford Motor Co.

    Annette Clayton - Vice President, GM North America Quality -
      General Motors

    Cathy Clegg - Plant Manager, Fort Wayne Assembly - General Motors

    Deborah Coleman - Vice President, Global Quality - Ford Motor Co.

    Barbra Cooper - Group Vice President and Chief Information Officer,
      Information Systems - Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

    Chris Cortez - Senior Vice President, Global Service and Parts -
      Chrysler Group

    Maureen Kempston Darkes - Group Vice President and President, GM Latin
      America, Africa and Middle East - General Motors

    Jacqui Dedo - President, Automotive - Timken Co.

    Tracey Doi - Group Vice President and CFO - Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

    Pandora Ellison - Director, Vehicle Attributes and Systems Engineering -
      Ford Motor Co.

    Amy Farmer - Plant Manager, Lansing Grand River Assembly - General Motors

    Nancy Fein - Vice President, Lexus Customer Services - Toyota Motor
      Sales U.S.A. Inc.

    Marianne Fey - Executive Vice President and Managing Director - McCann
      Erickson Worldwide

    Felicia Fields - Vice President, Human Resources - Ford Motor Co.

    Marcy Fisher - Director, Design Engineering - Ford Motor Co.

    Elena Ford - Director, North America Product Marketing, Planning and
      Strategy - Ford Motor Co.

    Lisa Frary - Vice President, Engineering - Autoliv Inc.

    Barbara Gasper - Vice President, Investor Relations - Ford Motor Co.

    Sandra Gillespie - Senior Vice President, Procurement and Supply -
      Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. Manufacturing Division

    Nancy Gioia - Director, Current Model Vehicle Quality, North America -
      Ford Motor Co.

    Maryann Goebel - Chief Information Officer, General Motors North America -
      General Motors

    Louise Goeser - Vice President; President and CEO, Ford of Mexico -
      Ford Motor Co.

    Vanessa Gordon - Vice President and General Manager, Ford and New
      Domestics Business Unit - ASC Inc.

    Joy Greenway - Vice President, Climate Product Group - Visteon Corp.

    Elizabeth Griffith - Vice President, Program Management and Advanced
      Engineering - Intier Automotive Interiors Inc.

    Margaret Hackstedde - Director, Product Design, Color and Trim Design -
      Chrysler Group

    Colleen Haley - President, Ford Business Unit - Yazaki North America Inc.

    Linda Hasenfratz - CEO - Linamar Corp.

    Karen Healy - Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Marketing Communications
      and Facilities - Delphi Corp.

    Deborah deBoer Henderson - Vice President, Quality, Engineering and
        Technology,  Light  Vehicle  Systems  -  ArvinMeritor  Inc.

        Sheryl  Welsh  Hyman  -  Senior  Vice  President  -  Robert  Bosch  Corp.

        Cheryl  Jones  -  Project  General  Manager,  Baja  California  -  Toyota  Motor
            Manufacturing,  Kentucky  Inc.

        Kim  Harris  Jones  -  Vice  President,  Product  Finance  -  Chrysler  Group

        Susan  Kampe  -  Vice  President  and  General  Manager,  Global  Information
            Technology,  Automotive  Group  -  Johnson  Controls  Inc.

        Verena  Kloos  -  President  -  BMW  Group  DesignworksUSA

        Anna  Kretz  -  Vehicle  Line  Executive,  Front-Wheel-Drive  Trucks  -
            General  Motors

        Jill  Lajdziak  -  General  Manager,  Saturn  Division  -  General  Motors

        Karen  Leggio  -  Vice  President,  Global  Purchasing  and  Supply  Chain  for
            GM  Latin  America,  Africa  and  Middle  East  -  General  Motors

        Grace  Lieblein  -  Vehicle  Chief  Engineer,  Front-Wheel-Drive  Truck  Products,
            Product  Development  -  General  Motors

        Kathleen  Ligocki  -  President  and  CEO  -  Tower  Automotive

        Paula  Lillard  -  Vice  President,  Human  Resources  and  Administration  -
            Mercedes-Benz  U.S.  International  Inc.

        Beth  Lowery  -  Vice  President,  Environment  and  Energy  -  General  Motors

        Pamela  Mader  -  Plant  Manager,  Moraine  Assembly  -  General  Motors

        Marcy  Hnath  Maguire  -  Co-CEO  and  Owner  -  Maguire  Automotive  Group

        Jean  Mayer  -  Executive  Director,  Asia-Pacific  and  Africa  Purchasing
            and  Global  Systems  -  Ford  Motor  Co.

        Deborah  Wahl  Meyer  -  Vice  President,  Marketing,  Lexus  Division  -
            Toyota  Motor  Sales  U.S.A.  Inc.

        Maureen  Midgley  -  Executive  Director,  Global  Paint  and  Polymers
            Manufacturing  Engineering  Group  -  General  Motors

        Linda  Miller  -  Manufacturing  Director,  Powertrain  Operations  -
            Ford  Motor  Co.

        Pat  Moran  -  Chairman  -  JM  Family  Enterprises  Inc.  and  Southeast  Toyota
            Distributors  LLC

        Deb  Morrissett  -  Vice  President,  Regulatory  Affairs  -  Chrysler  Group

        Vicky  Morter  -  Executive  Director,  Global  Purchasing,  Current  Future
            Business  -  General  Motors

        Cherri  Musser  -  Group  Vice  President  and  Chief  Information  Officer  -
            General  Motors  Acceptance  Corp.

        Cindy  Niekamp  -  Vice  President;  President  and  General  Manager,  BorgWarner
            TorqTransfer  Systems  -  BorgWarner  Inc.

        Dian  Ogilvie  -  Senior  Vice  President  and  General  Counsel  -  Toyota  Motor
            Sales  U.S.A.  Inc.

        Jane  Palmieri  -  Vice  President,  Body  Engineered  Systems  -  Dow  Automotive

        Danica  Patrick  -  Indy  Racing  League  Driver  -  Rahal  Letterman  Racing

        Ann  Marie  Petach  -  Vice  President,  Treasurer  -  Ford  Motor  Co.

        Berta  Phelps  -  Vice  President,  Best  Practices  -  Manheim

        Lori  Queen  -  Vehicle  Line  Executive,  Small  Cars  -  General  Motors

        Nancy  Rae  -  Senior  Vice  President,  Human  Resources  -  Chrysler  Group

        Julie  Roehm  -  Director,  Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge  Communications  -
            Chrysler  Group

        Barb  Samardzich  -  Executive  Director,  Small  FWD  and  RWD  Vehicles  -
            Ford  Motor  Co.

        Cynthia  Conn  Sidoti  -  Director,  Paint  and  Energy  Management  -
            Chrysler  Group

        Anne  Stevens  -  Group  Vice  President,  Canada,  Mexico  and  South  America  -
            Ford  Motor  Co.

        Roseann  Stevens  -  Vice  President,  Sales  and  Marketing  -  Metaldyne  Corp.

        Barbara  Stokel  -  Regional  Vice  President,  Eastern  Operations  -  General
            Motors  Acceptance  Corp.

        Karenann  Terrell  -  Vice  President  and  Chief  Information  Officer,  Chrysler
            Group  and  Mercedes-Benz  NAFTA  -  DaimlerChrysler  Corp.

        Jan  Thompson  -  Vice  President,  Marketing  -  Nissan  North  America  Inc.

        Rosalinda  Torres  -  Plant  Operations  Manager,  Componentes  Mecanicos  de
            Matamoros  Operations  -  Delphi  Corp.

        Sue  Unger  -  Senior  Vice  President  and  Chief  Information  Officer  -
            DaimlerChrysler  AG

        Sheila  Vaden-Williams  -  President  -  National  Association  of  Minority
            Automobile  Dealers

        Kitty  Van  Bortel  -  President  and  General  Manager  -  Van  Bortel  Subaru  and
            Van  Bortel  Ford  Inc.

        Sylvia  Vogt  -  Vice  President,  Corporate  Affairs  Americas  -
            Robert  Bosch  Corp.

        Bette  Walker  -  Vice  President,  Chief  Information  Officer  -  Delphi  Corp.

        Jane  Warner  -  President  -  Plexus  Systems  LLC

        Donna  Wassel  -  Regional  Vice  President  and  General  Manager,  Atlanta
            Region  -  CarMax  Inc.

        Liz  Wetzel  -  Design  Director,  Global  Design  Brands  -  General  Motors

        Margaret  Woodard  -  Vice  President,  Marketing  -  ADP  Dealer  Services

        Carolyn  Woznicki  -  Vice  President  and  General  Manager,  Purchasing,
            North  America  -  Johnson  Controls  Inc.

        Mary  Ann  Wright  -  Director,  Sustainable  Mobility  Technologies  and  Hybrid
            Vehicle  Programs  -  Ford  Motor  Co.

        Sheila  York  -  COO  -  March/Hodge  Automotive  Group


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