Top 10: Women in Manufacturing North America

From Emerson to Intel, Deere & Company to Lockheed Martin and more here are our Top 10 Women in manufacturing from across North America

In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March, we take a look at some of the leading ladies across the manufacturing sector. 

10. Ann Kelleher 

Technology Development General Manager at Intel Corporation

Ann Kelleher

Dr. Ann B. Kelleher joined Intel in 1996 as a Process Engineer and rose to become Executive Vice President and General Manager of Foundry Technology Development. She is responsible for the research, development and deployment of next-generation silicon logic, packaging and test technologies that power the future of Intel’s innovation.

Previously, Kelleher worked at Fab Sort Manufacturing and Assembly Test Manufacturing. She holds a BA, MA and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, all from University College Cork, Ireland.

9. Denise Johnson

Group President at Caterpillar Inc.

Denise Johnson

Denise Johnson is responsible for resource industries, global surface and underground mining and large construction at Caterpillar. Her responsibilities also include enterprise leadership across product development and manufacturing responsibility for drivetrain, electronic, hydraulic and Cab systems and components. 

She previously spent three years at General Motors and studied mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

8. Stephanie Pope

Boeing Chief Operating Officer

Stephanie Pope

At The Boeing Company, Stephanie Pope is Chief Operating Officer and oversees the performance of Boeing’s three business units: 

  • Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Boeing Defense, Space & Security
  • Boeing Global Services

Pope is also a member of Boeing's Executive Council, where she serves as the Executive Sponsor of Boeing Women Inspiring Leadership.

7. Yvonne Hodge

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Business and Digital Transformation and CIO at Lockheed Martin

Yvonne Hodge

Yvonne Hodge joined Lockheed Martin in 2002 as the Quality Assurance Engineering Director, rising to her current role in 2020, where she develops cross-functional solutions that transform operations through technology and culture.

Hodge previously worked at AT&T in executive positions and holds a BA for Mathematics, from Montclair State University. She won the 2012 Black Engineer of the Year Award and continues to champion STEM education.

6. Deanna Kovar

President of the Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division: Small Agriculture and Turf, Regions 1 and 2 at Deere & Company

Deanna Kovar

Kovar grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm and went on to study agricultural business management at the University of Wisconsin and Loyola University in Chicago. Kovar joined Deere in 2000. Now, she is President, Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division for the European, African and Asian markets, providing equipment and technology solutions to customers globally. From the dairy farms of North America to the rice fields of Asia, Kovar is increasing value and advancing sustainability for the agriculture industry.  

5. Janene Asgeirsson

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Analog Devices

Janene Asgeirsson

As Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Analog Devices, Janene Asgeirsson leads legal, governance, trade, regulatory, government affairs, risk and compliance functions, as well as the governance aspect of Analog Devices ESG programmes. She balances her professional life with performing arts and is also a certified yoga instructor. Asgeirsson studied at Northeastern University School of Law and has a BA in Accountancy from the University of San Diego.

4. Sharon A. Szafranski

Executive Vice President, Welding of Illinois Tool Works Inc.

Sharon A. Szafranski

Sharon A. Szafranski is the Executive Vice President, Welding of Illinois Tool Works Inc. She has a BA in Accounting from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Previously, Szafranski worked at EY in auditing. She joined Illinois Tool Works Inc. in 1994 as a Sales Trainee, getting promoted to National Account Manager in 1998, then Vice President & General Manager for North American Refrigeration in 2013. She started her current role in 2022 and is also a member of the Board of Directors.

3. Linda Chan

Vice President Information Technology, Amphenol

Linda Chan

Linda Chan is the Vice President for Information Technology at Amphenol. Before joining the company in 2020, Chan worked at The Nature’s Bounty and at Veeco Instruments across various IT roles. 

She has a Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Binghamton University.

“I believe in increasing the talent pool. I believe in showing people that there are females in the industry,” she told Cisco.

2. Janice Hall

Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at Marvell Technology

Janice Hall

Janice Hall is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Marvell. She joined the company in 2017 and previously worked as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to that, Hall held HR leadership roles across Sun Microsystems. 

In her current role, she has the global responsibility for all HR at Marvell Technology from workforce engagement to workforce data.

1. Lisa Flavin

Senior Vice President, Chief Transformation and Compliance Officer at Emerson

Lisa Flavin

Lisa A. Flavin is Senior Vice President, Chief Transformation and Chief Compliance Officer at Emerson, where she oversees reengineering processes across Finance, IT, Legal, HR and Procurement. Before joining Emerson, Flavin worked at Hüls Degussa and Ernst & Young. She joined Emerson in 1998 as Director of Internal Audit.

She drives transformational change and supports the company in improving its internal control, financial reporting and compliance processes. In the St. Louis community, Flavin has been recognised by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the “Most Influential Business Women” in St. Louis and a YWCA St. Louis Leader of Distinction.

Flavin has a BA in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.



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