Dan Akerson will retire from his role as General Motors Chairman and CEO, to be replaced by Mary Barra, currently GM Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. Barra was elected by the Board of Directors to replace Akerson when he steps down on January 15, 2014.
“With an amazing portfolio of cars and trucks and the strongest financial performance in our recent history, this is an exciting time at today’s GM,” said Barra at the December 10th town hall meeting where the news was announced. “I’m honored to lead the best team in the business and to keep our momentum at full speed.”
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) and Ford Motor Company are funding a $5,000 Student Media Scholarship Competition: Blazing the Trail: Celebrating the Women of Empowering America® and the deadline to apply is just around the corner!
Ask Patty is so excited to share the news that Amy Mattinat has been elected the
new president the Car Care Council Women’s Board. Her appointment becomes
effective following the Women's Board reception on Tuesday, November 5, at AAPEX in Las Vegas.
Amy has been a long-time contributor to AskPatty, and is a
member of the AskPatty
Women’s Automotive Speaker’s Bureau. Amy is president of Auto Craftsmen, an
independent auto repair sales and service center in Montpelier, Vermont. In
addition to managing the business, Amy writes a monthly car care newsletter and
a magazine column called “Under the Hood.” She also is the author of “How to
Buy a Great Used Car” and teaches women car care clinics on a regular basis.
She has been a part of the auto care industry for more than 18 years.
BMW chose New York City for the world debut of their visionary vehicle, the i3. With 8,175,13 citizens, NYC fits the profile of a densely populated urban metropolis where electric cars are ideal for short commutes.
studies carried out as part of BMW’s Project i involved more than a thousand
participants travelling by car over 12.5 million miles. Results showed
that the average daily distance covered was around 30 miles.
“In 2025, 8 billion people will live on the planet; 4.5 billion will
live in cities. There will be 1.8 billion cars on the roads. In order
to address the personal mobility needs of people living within the
world’s most densely populated urban city centers, BMW created BMW i –
the sustainable new sub-brand whose mission is to develop visionary
vehicles and mobility services.” ~ BMW Project i
Burau, GM’s Chief Engineer of light-duty and heavy-duty pickup trucks. Jully
was hired as a crash test engineer for Buick in 1980, and joined full-size
trucks as Chief Engineer in 2001, where she has played a large part in working
to refine the quietness of the all-new GMC Sierra, as well as its handling,
steering, and braking capabilities.
Earlier today Susan Docherty, president
and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe, announced her
intention to leave General Motors to spend time with her family, effective
September 30. “I leave with incredible memories and valued
friendships with high hopes for GM's continued success,” Docherty said in
Her promotion to General Motors' top U.S. sales position in 2009
marked the first time a woman held that position in the automaker's 101-year
history. Susan’s promotion
to vice president of U.S. sales made her the first and only woman on then-CEO
Fritz Henderson's executive committee and the highest-ranked woman working at
For Cadillac’s launch of Style Driven, an initiative blending fashion
and automotive design, they chose Hundred Acres, a sustainable
restaurant in SoHo, New York. The environment: a mellow mix of new age farm-to-table vintage and quiet luxury.
The series follows Walsh as she is ferried around New York City in a Cadillac SRX choosing dresses and accessories for the Costume Institute Benefit at the Met in New York City. This year the theme was punk. But, we’re talking high-voltage high-style punk.
We’ve all heard the old adage, “Beware the woman driver!”
Sir Stirling Moss even reiterated his own
similar opinion last week, only to be debunked by many women racers in the
profession. That normally insulting phrase took on a whole new meaning recently
at the the Doug Foley Drag
Racing School held at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina, where I met up with top NHRA
drivers, Brittney and Courtney Force, for a day of drag racing.
People need to move—and carry things. Adding some all-new and updated game-changing, people-and-cargo-movers to its line-up, Ford has recently expanded its truck brand in the U.S., with new models that go on sale later this year. The Blue Oval is already the best-selling truck maker in North America and now adds two new vehicles for 2014-an updated Transit Connect Van and an all-new Transit Connect Wagon.
We recently took a look and climbed aboard the two new vehicles in Detroit, with Ford’s designers, engineers and marketers on hand to educate us about the new models. First, let’s take a closer look at the van, which came to the U.S. in 2010 as a creative solution for small business owners and others that had the need or desire to own a somewhat utilitarian, compact panel van.
If you’re not familiar with the first-generation version that came stateside from its popular run in Europe for close to a decade, you might think of a bulky, rectangular box with four wheels and the “Airport Shuttle” image, or the name of your electrician painted on the side of a van. You might even think back to the velour swivel seats and dastardly fuel economy of vans in the 1970s and 1980s.
Established in 1999, the WAAI’s Spirit of Leadership award is presented
annually to professional women in the automotive industry in recognition
of their significant accomplishments in their profession, community,
and family. These women have dedicated their life to their profession
and to giving back to others; and they serve as mentors and are role
models to us all. Sustained superior performance, community involvement,
influence and support of other women within the automotive industry are
just some of the qualities these women possess.
Jody DeVere, CEO, AskPatty.com Jody is the face and primary voice of AskPatty.com, Inc, a website, blog, and
marketing to women agency providing automotive education to women
consumers, as well as training, ongoing marketing support and education,
and certifications to car dealers, independent service locations, tire
dealers, collision centers, and other automotive retailers. As a social
media marketing to women expert, journalist, car care expert, and safety
spokesperson, it has been a primary goal to promote, mentor and support
careers for women in the automotive industry, and she has more than
twenty-five years of achievement as a successful entrepreneur focused on
sales and marketing leadership to assist her in this quest. She is a
champion for women in the automotive industry, and her company serves as
the first point of contact for many women who are seeking the very best
in car sales and service across the United States and Canada.
Barbara J. Pilarski, VP, Business Development, Chrysler Group LLC
J. Pilarski was named Vice President - Business Development for
Chrysler Group LLC on June 9, 2009. In this role, she is responsible
for negotiating key strategic partnership arrangements for Chrysler
Group globally and for managing alliance relationships. Pilarski
reports to Sergio Marchionne, CEO, Chrysler Group.
to her current position, Pilarski served as Executive Director -
Mergers and Acquisitions, North and South America, Chrysler LLC. In
this position, Pilarski was responsible for all aspects of merger,
acquisition and divestiture activities affecting North and South
America for Chrysler, and formerly DaimlerChrysler, business units.
joined Chrysler Corporation in 1985 as a Financial Analyst and has
held positions in various functional areas, including Controlling,
Treasury and Mergers and Acquisitions.
earned a bachelor's degree in Finance from Wayne State
University (1985) and holds a Master of Business Administration
degree from the University of Michigan (1988). She also participated
in Chrysler Corporation's Advanced Degree Development Program
is actively involved in the following organizations:
sponsor of the Chrysler Women’s Forum, an employee resource group
which leverages female employees to improve Chrysler’s overall
product and service offerings to its customers
United Way for Southeastern Michigan, serving both as a Steering
Committee member for Chrysler’s annual fundraising campaign, as
well as a Board Member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society
Girls and Boys Clubs of Southeastern Michigan
for recruiting efforts at the University of Michigan
was also honored in 2010 by Automotive News and Deloitte as one of
the “Top 100 Leading Women in the North American Automotive
This year's other honorees include:
Joy Libert-Gelb, Dealer/ Owner of Yonkers Motors
Margery Krevsky, Founder/ CEO of Productions Plus-The Talent Shop
Andra Rush, President/CEO of Rush Trucking
The Spirit of Leadership Awards Reception will take place at this year's NADA Conference, at the Peabody in Orlando, FL, on Saturday, February 9, 2013.