Women of Ford Have Big Showing in Autocar Top 100
Fifteen Ford employees and two apprentices were recognized last month at the Autocar Great British Women in the Car Industry 2018 event. Josephine Payne and Sue Slaughter were among the women named in the annual Autocar Top 100, which lists most influential women in the auto industry for the year, and apprentices Melanie Morey and Alice Swallows earned special recognition for their work in the business thus far.
“It’s excellent news that so many female Ford employees have been recognized. Women continue to be under-represented, and influential women like these are key in our mission to show that the automotive industry has great career opportunities for women,” said Ford of Britain Chairman and Managing Director Andy Barratt.
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Payne, plant manager at Ford’s Craiova Engine Plant in Romania, was the top winner in the Autocar Manufacturing category. This marked not only the third straight year that a woman from Ford has won the honor, but the second time in three years that Payne has won for her efforts in manufacturing. She previously won in 2016 as the head of Ford North America’s global assembly and test strategy.
Slaughter, Ford of Europe’s purchasing director, was the top winner in the purchasing category. A 30-year veteran at Ford, Slaughter oversees operational and strategic purchasing activities in Europe and previously served as the COO of Getrag Ford Transmissions GmbH.
Other women receiving Top 100 recognition include Alex Walker, Linda Carpenter, Kirsty Williams, Madeleine Hallward, Wendy Graham, Sarah Haslam, Julia Woodhouse, Helen Hoar, Samantha Fletcher, Lisa Brankin, Usha Raghavachari, Jane Skerry, Cathy O’Callaghan, Sarah-Jayne Williams, and Lisa King.
“Diversity at all levels of an organization is proven to add value, and Ford continues to work hard to encourage more young females into STEM studies and the automotive industry,” said Skerry, Ford’s executive director of human resources. “All the women recognized today are role models for rewarding careers in the industry, and we hope their continuing success will inspire many more women to join them.”