Women in Engineering - Ford

Women in Engineering


September 2020

Eleven women at Ford have been recognised as outstanding leaders in their fields by the 2020 Autocar Great Women in the British Car Industry Awards.

Two nominees were also selected as their overall category winners – an outstanding achievement from a pool of hundreds of entrants. Sue Slaughter was chosen as the overall winner of the Operations category, and Josephine Payne as the overall winner of the Manufacturing category.

Susan Krusel, Vice President Communications and Public Affairs, Ford of Europe said: “We are proud to see an unprecedented number of our leading women be recognized for their achievements and the value they bring to evolving the automotive industry.  Not only have these women made significant contributions to improving our business, they also are great role models to encourage more women to pursue careers in the automotive field.”

Slaughter, director, Global Material Cost and Supply Base Sustainability, joined Ford in 1987 and rose through the ranks of business planning and logistics before making her mark in purchasing. Slaughter returned to the UK in 2018 having been COO for Ford’s joint venture gearbox maker Gertrag Ford Transmissions.

Payne has recently assumed responsibility as Craiova Vehicle Operations Assistant Plant Manager, overseeing the production of the new Ford Puma and Ford EcoSport vehicles at Ford’s plant in Romania. She joined Ford in 1996, and has overseen projects in Dagenham, Valencia, Mexico, Brazil and India.

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