Lunsford and her co-honorees are featured in a special section of the Nov. 9 issue and were recognized at a virtual, exclusive celebration sponsored by Automotive News and Deloitte.
100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry recognizes women who are leaders in the automotive field – those who make major decisions and have significant influence at their companies. Automotive News has published the list of the industry’s top female executives every five years since 2000. This is the second time in a row that Lunsford has been recognized for this incredible honor.
This year’s honorees come from 72 companies. They are CEOs, COOs, CIOs, CMOs, engineers, plant managers, dealer principals and more. And, for the first time, many work in the new mobility sector.
Based in Livonia, GS3 Global is a Tier One supplier to major automotive original equipment manufacturers and works directly with clients to provides electronic component assembly, design for manufacturing services and CNC Small Wire Bending. Since co-founding the company in 2010, Lunsford has been responsible for setting the vision, establishing the plans and communicating strategies that lead to accomplishing the goals identified. Drawing on her decades of experiences as a business leader and a woman of color in manufacturing, Lunsford continues to educate the benefits of workforce diversity and prioritizes the retention of the best people with the best skills, which has naturally led to a more diverse and engaged workforce.
“A comparison of the 2020 and 2015 Automotive News lists of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry confirms that the status of women in the industry continues to improve. There are 13 CEOs of automakers and suppliers on the list this time, up from six in 2015 and two in 2010,” said Mary Beth Vander Schaaf, Automotive News managing editor and leader of the project.
The 2020 class of Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry emerged from a months-long nomination and judging process that attracted hundreds of entries from the United States, Canada and Mexico.
“Our selection committee made many difficult decisions,” said Vander Schaaf. “The talented, powerful executives on this list are at the forefront of thousands of successful women in the auto industry.”