Penske Automotive Group is proud to have female leaders at every level of the organization. From Service Advisors and Sales Managers to General Managers and Fixed Operations Directors, the retail automotive industry offers women an exciting place to forge a career. Beyond the numbers, this is about unleashing the power of our people and utilizing their unique talents, experiences, and backgrounds to create an engaging work environment and world-class operation. Every Wednesday for the next four weeks, we will feature a female leader from the Penske organization who is empowering women in the automotive industry and paving the road for the next generation of female leaders. From their earliest interest in the industry to their proudest moments, you’ll learn how these women got their start, who influenced them the most, and how they are helping change the face of the industry in positive ways. Check back next week as we add another Featured Female Leader to the series.
Featured Female Leader: Margaret Lane – Senior Vice President of Human Resources-East Region
“Step outside your comfort zone and raise your hand”
Margaret Lane has worked in the automotive industry for over 25 years. In her current role, Margaret focuses on aligning company objectives, values and initiatives with management and employees. “I feel proud to come to work each day with a Human Resources team that provides employees with a great experience resulting in leading metrics and hiring the best talent,” she says. Margaret doesn’t hesitate when asked who has been the biggest influence on her career. “I was fortunate to have a Dad who allowed me to appreciate a family business with his work ethic. He also encouraged me to see the world from the employee perspective as well as in terms of company goals.” Margaret’s advice for young women considering a career in the auto industry is to step outside your comfort zone and always raise your hand. “While our industry is predominately male, Penske Automotive Group accepts women who want to achieve and is willing to promote from within no matter gender, race or ethnicity. Be confident, step outside your comfort zone and raise your hand — you never know what you can achieve if you don’t try.” Asked how the automotive industry landscape has changed to engage more women, Margaret says: “I believe as an industry we recognize the importance of women taking primary roles — Aston Martin and General Motors are great examples where women have taken on senior positions. In doing this, business leaders and women are able to see that you can start at an entry or mid-level position, and work your way up, knowing there are others to support and encourage you.”
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