Autocar names Top 100 British women working in the car industry

Linda Jackson tops Autocar Great British Women poll

Linda Jackson is the Global CEO of Citroen

Citroen’s Global CEO Linda Jackson tops Great British Women in the Car Industry list; full list of winners revealed

Autocar has revealed the top 100 most influential and inspirational women working in the car industry, with the list topped by Linda Jackson, Citroën Global CEO.

The list was compiled by judges from Autocar’s and the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). A full list of results can be found here.

Autocar editor Mark Tisshaw said: “Linda’s four-year tenure leading Citroën has overseen a remarkable and meteoric rise for the brand. The car industry needs more Linda Jacksons; she’s not only a role model, but an example to women wanting to work in the car industry that the sky is not the limit if you have the talent and determination.”

Receiving the overall award, as well as winning the ‘executive category’ honour, Jackson commented: “It’s an honour and testament to the hard work from everyone at Citroën that has helped build on what has been such a successful few years. 

“There is a huge wealth of talent in the sector and it’s a truly exciting industry to be a part of, especially as automotive is one of the most pioneering industries when it comes to future technology. I hope this Autocar award inspires even more women to pursue a career in this industry at all levels.”

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Other individual category award winners include Jaguar Land Rover chief product engineer, Elizabeth Hill, who has heavily influenced the British manufacturer’s award-winning product line-up, and Helen Emsley, the Yorkshire-born design director of General Motors-owned brands GMC and Buick.

The Great British Women in the Car Industry’s 100-strong ‘power-list’ looks to celebrate success and encourage more women into the car industry at all levels and in all sectors, from purchasing to product development.

Tisshaw added: “While there are certainly challenges in the car industry, it’s heartening to see such a wealth of outstanding British women thriving in an array of roles and in the most senior positions.

“There is plenty of work to be done but, by highlighting the considerable impact of these women, we hope we can inspire more women into our amazing automotive world.”

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be involved with this fantastic event again this year, celebrating the many achievements of the top 100 British women in the car industry. Issues of inequality are rightly in the headlines at the moment, highlighting the challenges that remain in ensuring everyone has equal treatment and equal opportunity. The motor industry has improved gradually but still has a long way to go and the women we celebrate today are often role models who have prospered in what is a highly competitive environment. We hope that in years to come, more and more women will follow in the footsteps of the top 100 and help the sector be truly representative of society and the customer base we serve.”

Great British Women in the Car Industry, organised by Autocar in association with the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), is backed by BMW, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Mini, Nissan and Toyota.

The list of winners by category is below. The full list of the Top 100 can be found here.

Executive and overall winnerLinda Jackson, chief executive officer, Citroën

Design Helen Emsley, design director, General Motors

Product DevelopmentElizabeth Hill, chief product engineer, Jaguar Land Rover

Communications Fiona Pargeter, customer experience director, Jaguar Land Rover

Government AffairsHelen Foord, head of government relations and public policy, PSA Groupe

ManufacturingJosephine Payne, plant manager, Ford Motor Company

Purchasing Sue Slaughter, director of purchasing, Ford of Europe

Sales – BrandRachael Thompson, sales director, Mercedez-Benz Cars UK

Sales – RetailDiana Mackinnon, general manager, Lexus Edgware

Marketing Michelle Roberts, marketing director, BMW Group UK

Human ResourcesClare Martin, group HR director, Jardine Motors Group 

Source: Autocar Online

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