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Eaton's Indirect Supply Chain Manager Retires

While at Eaton, Janet Horvath had global fleet responsibility to meet corporate cost reduction goals and sustainability initiatives.

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Corporate Fleet Administrator for Terracon Retires

Ginny Liddle, CAFM, corporate fleet administrator for Terracon Consultants, Inc., retired on May 3, 2018, culminating a 32-year career in fleet with 12 of those years at Terracon, which is headquartered in Olathe, Kan.

Meet Element's Kristi Webb

In just under six years, Webb has joined the fleet industry, seen it evolve, and risen to become the head of a major fleet management company.

Meet Safelite’s Erin Gilchrist

A special interest in safety has been one propelling factor throughout Gilchrist’s 11 years in the fleet industry.

Meet LeasePlan USA’s Carolyn Edwards

With 26 years in fleet, Edwards is motivated by growth and change she sees happening within the fleet industry and the evolving role of today's fleet manager.

Meet Ford’s Michele Bartlett

A dynamic industry and the people she gets to work with every day are just two reasons why Bartlett has spent 28 years with Ford Motor Co.

Women in Fleet: Intimidated No More

The Women in Fleet Management (WIFM) group has met several of the goals it sought to achieve when it started five years ago, including networking and expertise sharing.

What's the Key to Motorlease's Future Growth?

AF interviewed Beth Kandrysawtz, CEO of Motorlease, to learn more about her strategic vision for the company and how she plans to lead it into the future.

Idea Emerges to Create a Networking Group for Women in Fleet

There are a number of professional women’s associations. Why not an association for women in fleet? This was the thought that struck Carolyn Edwards, director of operations, vehicle acquisition for LeasePlan USA. Since then, four founding members have joined the group. They are Gayle Pratt of Ecolab, Sue Miller of McDonald’s Corp., Ginny Liddle of Terracon, and Christy Coyte of Johnson Controls, Inc. The group is looking for your feedback.

A History of Women in Fleet

The automotive fleet industry was no different than many others in terms of maintaining a "glass ceiling" for women, and the automotive industry has always been a male-dominated business. But we do have our female pioneers, from Helen Bland, who began her career as Hallmark's fleet manager in 1942 (and who ultimately was a founding inductee in the AF Hall of Fame) to Helene Kamon, the first female president of AFLA. In a 1970 article in Automotive Fleet on women in fleet, we asked each one their opinion of the "women's lib movement," but today we're only concerned about what a female fleet manager might think about the daily business of managing a vehicle fleet. We hope you'll enjoy this look at some very important women to whom the entire industry -- both men and women -- owe a great debt.