DURA Automotive Recognizes Top Women Across Global Enterprise

By Dura Automotive Systems Llc, PRNE
Sunday, July 10, 2011

ROCHESTER HILLS, Michigan, July 11, 2011 -

- Fifty-eight Leading Women honored for
leadership and accomplishments

DURA Automotive Systems, LLC announced today the honorees of the
company’s 2011 Leading Women program.  The recognition program
was initiated in 2011 to identify and honor top women contributors
from DURA and Global Automotive Systems (G.A.S.) locations around
the world and heighten awareness of their impact on the success of
the enterprise.  

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“We are pleased to introduce our latest employee recognition
program celebrating the accomplishments and leadership of women
across our organizations,” said Jeff Stafeil, Chief Executive
Officer of DURA Automotive and G.A.S. “Collectively, women at DURA
represent a small percentage of total employees; however their
influence on both company culture and leadership is significant and
until now, largely unrecognized.”

Through a company-wide nomination process across all locations,
candidate applications were submitted to the company’s executive
team.  Each honoree demonstrated leadership in areas such as
manufacturing, customer service, innovation, environmental
stewardship, process improvements, community involvement and
education. Fifty-eight Leading Women were selected to be recognized
in the annual program.  In addition, eighteen of these
honorees were chosen to be recipients of the prestigious Diamond
Award, presented by Lynn Tilton, CEO and principal of DURA’s parent
company, Patriarch Partners.  Diamond Award winners were flown
to the Detroit area from around the world to attend an awards
ceremony and tour the company headquarters.

“The Diamond Award recognizes exemplary performance and truly
impressive contributions of the top honorees,” said Lynn Tilton.
 ”It was a great honor for our executive team to interact with
these outstanding women and recognize their efforts and
accomplishments. Their leadership has been a driving force in the
impressive performance of our automotive portfolio. It is my honor
to lead a company that has created a culture where women are
inspired to strive for excellence and are recognized for their

The following fifty-eight employees received recognition for
their contributions as Leading Women across forty-five locations in
seventeen countries:

  • Suzanne Adams - Moberly, Missouri, USA
  • Sylvia Ansley - Fremont, Michigan, USA
  • Cheryl Bester - Milan, Michigan, USA
  • Kathy Birney - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA
  • Shirley Brashaw - Stockton, Illinois, USA
  • Lynn Bryant - Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA
  • Cassie Burd - Fremont, Michigan, USA
  • Nancy Campolong - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA
  • Marie-Anne Cara - Bievres, France
  • Lacrimioara Cazacu - Timisoara, Romania
  • Louise Clock - Dundalk, Ontario, Canada
  • Elodie Darrieutort - Bievres, France
  • Martina Dohnalova - Koprivnice,Czech Republic
  • Kimberly Fietz - Milan, Michigan, USA
  • Laura Flanagan - Fremont, Michigan, USA
  • Pat Grenoble - Stockton, Illinois, USA
  • Prissma Guerrero - Monterrey, Mexico
  • Gaby Hansknecht - Plettenberg, Germany
  • Marie Harbackova  - Blatna, Czech Republic
  • Vanessa Herrera - Matamoros, Mexico
  • Simone Hertzer - Gehren, Germany
  • Linda Hodges - Fremont, Michigan, USA
  • Lavonne Hysell - Fremont, Michigan, USA
  • Jessica Leon - Matamoros, Mexico
  • Linda Lesnau - Roseville, Michigan, USA
  • Karina Martins - Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Darlene McMann-Stringer - Dundalk, Ontario, Canada
  • Raluca Mihu - Timisoara, Romania
  • Jeanette Perkins - Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA
  • Angela Pinkard - Milan, Michigan, USA
  • Annette Pohl - Plettenberg, Germany
  • Sonia Reis - Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Angeles Reyna - Monterrey, Mexico
  • Jennifer Ringler - Fremont, Michigan, USA
  • Jennifer Robbins - Stockton, Illinois, USA
  • Enriqueta Rodriguez - Monterrey, Mexico
  • Dinorah Rubio - Queretaro, Mexico
  • Eliece Ruth - Milan, Tennessee, USA
  • Cynthia Saenz - Matamoros, Mexico
  • Belinda Santana - Matamoros, Mexico
  • Susane Schinzel - Gehren, Germany
  • Beate Schroeder - Plettenberg, Germany
  • Jamie Stratford - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA
  • Rhonda Theus - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA
  • Sible Thomas-Chacko - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA
  • Tammy Turk - Milan, Michigan, USA
  • Verena Umbach - Daun, Germany
  • Sabine Urselmann - Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Nancy VanSolkema - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA
  • Chandarom Vetsmany - Bievres, France
  • Gabriele von Wysocki - Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Ann Marie Walsh - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA
  • Anja Wiegmann - Einbeck, Germany
  • Yolonda Wilson - Milan, Michigan, USA
  • Mira Wilson - Roseville, Michigan, USA
  • Lorie Wright - Stockton, Illinois, USA
  • Chris Zoet - Fremont, Michigan, USA
  • Cindy Zou - Shanghai, China

DURA and G.A.S. are accredited with the Women’s Business
Association and have received national certification as a Women’s
Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise
Council - Great Lakes Certification Committee, a regional
certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National
Council (WBENC).

About DURA Automotive Systems:

DURA Automotive Systems, a Patriarch Partners company, is a
leading independent designer and manufacturer of driver control
systems, seating control systems, glass systems, engineered
assemblies, structural door modules and exterior trim systems for
the global automotive industry.  DURA markets its automotive
products to every North American, Asian and European Original
Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and many leading Tier One automotive
suppliers. DURA is headquartered in Rochester Hills, Michigan with
more than 10,000 employees in 32 manufacturing operations in 16
countries. Information about DURA and its products is available on
the internet at href="www.duraauto.com/">www.duraauto.com.

About Global Automotive Systems

Global Automotive Systems LLC, a Patriarch Partners company, is
a leading manufacturer of metal-formed components with operations
in Canada, Mexico and the United States. The Company serves
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) and Tier One automotive
suppliers. The Company’s core capabilities include stamping, roll
forming and stretch bending as well as the fabrication of tubular
products and welded assemblies. G.A.S. is headquartered in
Rochester Hills, Michigan. The Company operates six manufacturing
facilities with more than 900 employees. href="www.globalautosys.com/">www.globalautosys.com.

Sean McGuire, +1-248-909-6067, smcguire at cmopower.com

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