Ford’s Leah Bruce Wins Top Manufacturing Award at Autocar’s Great British Women in the Car Industry Event
Leah Bruce, Ford’s strategy manager for diesel manufacturing, took home top honors in the Manufacturing category at Autocar’s Great British Women in the Car Industry event in June. The event also saw female Ford employees recognized for their contributions to Marketing and Product Development, and 13 of the company’s employees were recognized among the 100 rising stars in automotive.
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“Leah’s job puts her at the epicentre of one of the toughest debates in the industry at present, making her the ideal standard bearer for showcasing just how far a career in automotive manufacturing can take you,” said Autocar Editorial Director Jim Holder. “She has reached this incredible role through a career in which it is clear she has consistently shone individually, both in the UK and abroad, and by showing a dedication to highlighting the opportunities on offer in the industry through her work promoting STEM subjects.”
Bruce’s career with Ford began in 2001, and she has held a number of positions over 16 years that includes overseeing the installation of the first petrol and diesel engine production line in Chennai, India. A native of Leicester, Bruce holds a MSc in Manufacturing Engineering from Cranfield.
Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, added: “I’m delighted to see so many of our female employees being recognized at this special event. Women are underrepresented in the automotive sector, and it’s fantastic that events like this highlight the successful women in our industry and raise awareness of the rewarding career opportunities that exist.”
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