Kathy began her career as a secretary at the Chrysler Corporation in 1972. During her 28 years with Chrysler, she grew to become Chrysler’s top female executive before retiring in 2000. At the time of her retirement, Kathy was DaimlerChrysler’s Chief Administrative Officer responsible for Human Resources, Labor Relations, Community Relations, Public Relations and Communications.
Following her career at Chrysler, Kathy joined Right Management as President, Great Lakes Region. While at Right she was responsible for all operations of their offices in the Great Lakes region including Southfield, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Toledo. Her key roles included leading their Organizational Consulting, Key Executive and Business Development activities, as well as growing their customer base. During her tenure at Right Great Lakes she led them to year-after-year records for growth and profit.
In July 2008, Kathy joined Henry Ford Health System as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. In this position she was responsible for all aspects of Human Resources for over 30,000 employees and over 1,200 employed physicians; including succession planning, leadership and physician development, performance management, talent selection, credentialing, employee/physician engagement; compensation, pensions, benefits, health engagement, employee safety; diversity, security and employee relations.
Kathy earned both her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Personnel Management from Central Michigan University. She has also completed Duke University’s Advanced Management Program as well as the University of Michigan’s Advanced Human Resources Executive Program. She is certified by the Coach Academy International and in the Birkman and the Hay Group Emotional Intelligence Assessment. Throughout her career, Kathy has received numerous awards and recognition for her professional achievements. She was featured in Human Resources World’s “Top 50 HR Executives in the World” (2000); Automotive News’ “100 Leading Women in North America’s Auto Industry” (2000); Crain’s Detroit Business’ “Top 100 Women in Michigan” (1997) and “100 Most Influential Women” (2007); and American Society of Employers Michigan Human Resources Executive of the Year (2011).