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Barb Samardzich

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (retired), Ford of Europe

 As an experienced global leader, Ms. Samardzich brings significant international automotive industry experience to Adient's board.

Ms. Samardzich served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ford of Europe since November 2013 until her retirement in October 2016.  After joining Ford in 1990, she held a number of leadership roles in product development, powertrain engineering, and powertrain operations.  Prior to Ford, Ms. Samardzich worked as a thermal design engineer in Westinghouse Electric’s nuclear fuels division. 

Ms. Samardzich also serves as a non-executive director on the board of Velodyne LiDAR, sits on the Board of Trustees for Lawrence Technological University, and is a member of the Presidents Global Advisory Council at Carnegie-Mellon University. She previously served as a non-executive director of MTS Systems Corporation from 2001 to 2017.

Among her many honors, Ms. Samardzich was named one of the 25 Leading Women in European Auto Industry by “Automotive News” in 2016, an “Automobilwoche” magazine Top 50 Automotive Women (Frauen der Autobranche) for 2011 and an “Automotive News” All Star for 2009 and 2010. 

Ms. Samardzich holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Wayne State University.

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