Autocar reveals Top 100 British women in the global car industry

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Citroën’s Global CEO Linda Jackson has been named as the most influential British woman in the car industry in an initiative by Autocar.

Autocar has identified the top 100 British women working in the automotive sector as it seeks to celebrate the role of women in the industry and to address the challenges they face. The list has been published online here and  a subsequent panel will debate issues more widely.

Winners have been announced for the following categories – Executive, Design, Product Development, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Communications, Sales, Marketing, Motorsport, HR, and Rising Stars.

Jackson topped the Executive category and was named the most influential overall for her decisive leadership of iconic French manufacturer Citroën, which has been taken back to its roots of innovation and bold design.

Other individual category winners include Yorkshire-born Helen Emsley, who now leads the design team for GMC in the US. Here in the UK, two Jaguar Land Rover employees, Danella Bagnall and Fiona Pargeter, take the Product Development and Communications plaudits respectively.

See the full list of category winners here.

Autocar Editorial Director Jim Holder said: ‘The achievements on our list of 100 outstanding British women in the global car industry are breathtaking and a testimony to the breadth of skills and capability in the sector.

‘We recognise that challenges exist in the industry we love, which may deter women from pursuing an automotive career, as well as the implications that the underrepresentation of women could pose for the future of the industry. This is something that needs to be rectified.‘By highlighting the achievements of great British women who continue to make a considerable impact on the global automotive landscape, we hope to stimulate interest in what is an exciting and rewarding career.’

The judging panel for the initiative included experts from Autocar’s editorial department as well as SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes and Director of Communications and International, Tamzen Isacsson.

The Autocar Great British Women in the Car Industry initiative is in partnership with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), sponsored by Direct Line Group, Ford, and Jaguar Land Rover, and supported by Gaia Innovation and KPMG. 

See the list here.


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