NEW YORK, NY – 17 Jun, 2017 – The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) has selected May-Leng Yau-Patterson, Head of World Class Manufacturing Mexico Operations for FCA US LLC (formerly Chrysler Group), as the recipient of its prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Yau-Patterson will be honored with the Presidential Crystal Tower for this distinction as well as the 2017 “Top Female Executive” at the IAOTP’s 2017 Annual Award Gala being held at the Ritz Carlton in Battery Park, New York. In addition, Yau-Patterson will be featured in the inaugural issue of the IAOTP’s T.I.P. Magazine (Top Industry Professional) in the first quarter of 2018. Yau-Patterson was recently featured on the Reuters Building in Times Square, New York for her selection as “Woman of the Year”.
While inclusion in the IAOTP is an honor in itself, only a few members are chosen to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, as it is based on years of experience in the field, professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities and civic contributions.
“Those that receive the Lifetime Achievement Award are truly incredibly talented professionals who have dedicated their lives to their work and have had a lifetime of achievement and success,” said Stephanie Cirami, President of IAOTP. “May-Leng is one of these people. Choosing her for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make. She is vibrant, talented, beautiful, inspiring, humble, gracious and has been a huge asset to our organization. She truly is a real-life Wonder Woman.”
With over three decades of professional experience in the logistics and manufacturing industry, Yau-Patterson has established herself as an accomplished professional and expert in the field. Starting as a Lead Logistics Analyst, she worked her way up, assuming positions with increasing responsibility for prestigious companies that included Ryder Logistics, TNT Logistics, Exel Logistics and General Motors, before joining DaimlerChrysler (now FCA US) in 2002.
In her current position with FCA US, Yau-Patterson is responsible for leading and coaching plant managers and the leadership teams at the assembly, engine and stamping plants in the implementation of World Class Manufacturing (WCM), a methodology that focuses on eliminating waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. She is responsible for the development and engagement of people in the application of the WCM technical methods and tools to achieve operational excellence. WCM has been credited as one of the key strategies in the continued success of FCA US. Yau-Patterson is also a certified Global WCM Auditor who performs audits at facilities around the world.
During the span of her career, Yau-Patterson’s responsibilities have encompassed overseeing Lean Manufacturing; Lean Production Methodology and Tools, Supply Chain Management; Logistics Management; Strategy Development; Purchasing; Material Handling & Packaging Solutions; Logistics Engineering and Industrial Engineering.
Yau-Patterson has been recognized worldwide and received numerous awards for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. For 2017, she was named Top Female Executive and Woman of the Year by the IAOTP. For the fifth year in a row, she was selected as Pinnacle Professional of the Year by Continental Who’s Who. Other recognitions have included being honored as 2016 Top Professional of the Year in Manufacturing by the IAOTP, awarded Prominent Professional Woman of The Year in the Automotive industry by Continental Who’s Who, named one of Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry, honored as a Delegate Featured Leader by the International Women’s Leadership Association, selected as a recipient of the Women of Color Achievement, and awarded Empire & Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year both in the automobile industry. Yau-Patterson was featured in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Inner Circle Executive Magazine as well as the 2011 edition of Top 101 Industry Experts publication and Automotive News September 2010 edition.
Yau-Patterson earned both her Bachelor of Science in Systems Analysis and Master of Science in Operations Research from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.
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