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2005 Automotive News 100 Leading Women
NameTitleCompany
Diane AllenDesign ManagerNissan Design America Inc.
Anne AsensioExecutive Director, Advanced DesignGeneral Motors
Katy BarclayVice President, Global Human ResourcesGeneral Motors
Mary BarraExecutive Director, Vehicle Manufacturing EngineeringGeneral Motors
Jan BeauchampIBM General Manager, Global Automotive IndustryIBM Corp.
Anne BelecPresident and CEOVolvo Cars of North America Inc.
Jan BertschVice President, Sales and Marketing FinanceChrysler Group
Jane BesedaGroup Vice President & General Manager, North American Parts & AccessoriesToyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.
Jean BlackwellExecutive Vice President, CFOCummins Inc.
Sandra BouckleyPlant Manager, Pilot Process Verification Center, Conner Ave. Assembly Plant and Sterling Heights Vehicle Test CenterChrysler Group
Susan BrennanDirector, Manufacturing, North America Vehicle OperationsFord Motor Co.
Barb BrownSenior Partner, Executive Management Director, Ford RetailJWT
Adriane BrownPresident and CEOHoneywell Transportation Systems
Lorie BuckinghamSenior Vice President and Chief Information OfficerVisteon Corp.
Christine BucklinCOOCarsDirect.com Inc.
Faye CaballeroPresident and CEOBlack River Plastics
Mary CarpenterExecutive Vice President and COOGM Planworks
TheodoraCasasantaDirector, Proactive Quality Systems, Corporate QualityChrysler Group
Michelle CervantezVice President, MarketingHyundai Motor America
Sue CischkeVice President, Environmental and Safety EngineeringFord Motor Co.
Annette ClaytonVice President, GM North America QualityGeneral Motors
Cathy CleggPlant Manager, Fort Wayne AssemblyGeneral Motors
Deborah ColemanVice President, Global QualityFord Motor Co.
Barbra CooperGroup Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Information SystemsToyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.
Chris CortezSenior Vice President, Global Service and PartsChrysler Group
Maureen Kempston DarkesGroup Vice President and President, GM Latin America, Africa and Middle EastGeneral Motors
Jacqui DedoPresident, AutomotiveTimken Co.
Tracey DoiGroup Vice President and CFOToyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.
Pandora EllisonDirector, Vehicle Attributes and Systems EngineeringFord Motor Co.
Amy FarmerPlant Manager, Lansing Grand River AssemblyGeneral Motors
Nancy FeinVice President, Lexus Customer ServicesToyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.
Marianne FeyExecutive Vice President and Managing DirectorMcCann Erickson Worldwide
Felicia FieldsVice President, Human ResourcesFord Motor Co.
Marcy FisherDirector, Design EngineeringFord Motor Co.
Elena FordDirector, North America Product Marketing, Planning and StrategyFord Motor Co.
Lisa FraryVice President, EngineeringAutoliv Inc.
Barbara GasperVice President, Investor RelationsFord Motor Co.
Sandra GillespieSenior Vice President, Procurement and SupplyMitsubishi Motors North America Inc. Manufacturing Division
Nancy GioiaDirector, Current Model Vehicle Quality, North AmericaFord Motor Co.
Maryann GoebelChief Information Officer, General Motors North AmericaGeneral Motors
Louise GoeserVice President; President and CEO, Ford of MexicoFord Motor Co.
Vanessa GordonVice President and General Manager, Ford and New Domestics Business UnitASC Inc.
Joy GreenwayVice President, Climate Product GroupVisteon Corp.
Elizabeth GriffithVice President, Program Management and Advanced EngineeringIntier Automotive Interiors Inc.
Margaret HacksteddeDirector, Product Design, Color and Trim DesignChrysler Group
Colleen HaleyPresident, Ford Business UnitYazaki North America Inc.
Linda HasenfratzCEOLinamar Corp.
Karen HealyVice President, Corporate Affairs, Marketing Communications and FacilitiesDelphi Corp.
Deborah deBoer HendersonVice President, Quality, Engineering and Technology, Light Vehicle SystemsArvinMeritor Inc.
Sheryl Welsh HymanSenior Vice PresidentRobert Bosch Corp.
Kim Harris JonesVice President, Product FinanceChrysler Group
Cheryl JonesProject General Manager, Baja CaliforniaToyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc.
Susan KampeVice President and General Manager, Global Information Technology, Automotive GroupJohnson Controls Inc.
Verena KloosPresidentBMW Group DesignworksUSA
Anna KretzVehicle Line Executive, Front-Wheel-Drive TrucksGeneral Motors
Jill LajdziakGeneral Manager, Saturn DivisionGeneral Motors
Karen LeggioVice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain for GM Latin America, Africa and Middle EastGeneral Motors do Brasil Ltda
Grace LiebleinVehicle Chief Engineer, Front-Wheel-Drive Truck Products, Product DevelopmentGeneral Motors
Kathleen LigockiPresident and CEOTower Automotive
Paula LillardVice President, Human Resources and AdministrationMercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc.
Beth LoweryVice President, Environment and EnergyGeneral Motors
Pamela MaderPlant Manager, Moraine AssemblyGeneral Motors
Marcy Hnath MaguireCo-CEO and OwnerMaguire Automotive Group
Jean MayerExecutive Director, Asia-Pacific and Africa Purchasing and Global SystemsFord Motor Co.
Deborah Wahl MeyerVice President, Marketing, Lexus DivisionToyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.
Maureen MidgleyExecutive Director, Global Paint and Polymers Manufacturing Engineering GroupGeneral Motors
Linda MillerManufacturing Director, Powertrain OperationsFord Motor Co.
Pat MoranChairmanJM Family Enterprises Inc. and Southeast Toyota Distributors LLC
Deb MorrissettVice President, Regulatory AffairsChrysler Group
Vicky MorterExecutive Director, Global Purchasing, Current Future BusinessGeneral Motors
Cherri MusserGroup Vice President and Chief Information OfficerGeneral Motors Acceptance Corp.
Cindy NiekampVice President; President and General Manager, BorgWarner TorqTransfer SystemsBorgWarner Inc.
Dian OgilvieSenior Vice President and General CounselToyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.
Jane PalmieriVice President, Body Engineered SystemsDow Automotive
Danica PatrickIndy Racing League DriverRahal Letterman Racing
Ann Marie PetachVice President, TreasurerFord Motor Co.
Berta PhelpsVice President, Best PracticesManheim
Lori QueenVehicle Line Executive, Small CarsGeneral Motors
Nancy RaeSenior Vice President, Human ResourcesChrysler Group
Julie RoehmDirector, Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge CommunicationsChrysler Group
Barb SamardzichExecutive Director, Small FWD and RWD VehiclesFord Motor Co.
Cynthia Conn SidotiDirector, Paint and Energy ManagementChrysler Group
Anne StevensGroup Vice President, Canada, Mexico and South AmericaFord Motor Co.
Roseann StevensVice President, Sales and MarketingMetaldyne Corp.
Barbara StokelRegional Vice President, Eastern OperationsGeneral Motors Acceptance Corp.
Karenann TerrellVice President and Chief Information Officer, Chrysler Group and Mercedes-Benz NAFTADaimlerChrysler Corp.
Jan ThompsonVice President, MarketingNissan North America Inc.
Rosalinda TorresPlant Operations Manager, Componentes Mecanicos de Matamoros OperationsDelphi Corp.
Sue UngerSenior Vice President and Chief Information OfficerDaimlerChrysler AG
Sheila Vaden-WilliamsPresidentNational Association of Minority Automobile Dealers
Kitty Van BortelPresident and General ManagerVan Bortel Subaru and Van Bortel Ford Inc.
Sylvia VogtVice President, Corporate Affairs AmericasRobert Bosch Corp.
Bette WalkerVice President, Chief Information OfficerDelphi Corp.
Jane WarnerPresidentPlexus Systems LLC
Donna WasselRegional Vice President and General Manager, Atlanta RegionCarMax Inc.
Liz WetzelDesign Director, Global Design BrandsGeneral Motors
Margaret WoodardVice President, MarketingADP Dealer Services
Carolyn WoznickiVice President and General Manager, Purchasing, North AmericaJohnson Controls Inc.
Mary Ann WrightDirector, Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Vehicle ProgramsFord Motor Co.
Sheila YorkCOOMarch/Hodge Automotive Group



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