Influential Automotive Women in Engineering

Influential Automotive Women in Engineering

Dr Astrid Fontaine, a Board Member at Bentley Motors, has been announced as one of the top 100 Most Influential Women in the Engineering sector as listed by board appointments firm, Inclusive Boards, in partnership with the Financial Times.

Dr Fontaine became Bentley’s first Board Member for People, Digitalisation and IT in January 2018. In a newly created role on their Supervisory Board she now combines leadership of Bentley’s human resources function with the delivery of the company’s digital transformation and IT services.

Since joining Bentley, Astrid has driven the development of a new digital strategy supported by the digital transformation of business processes, product and customer services.

As an ambassador for women in STEM, Astrid has also introduced the company’s first digital technology apprenticeship programme and this year the business welcomes the highest ever intake of female trainees to the business – 35% of all new apprentices and an impressive 63% of digital technology apprentices being female.

Astrid comments:

“With women still under represented across the STEM sector, the Inclusive Board report is an important initiative and I’m delighted to have been featured in their list in 2019.

“Our industry offers a wide range of career options from automotive design, engineering and manufacturing; through to information systems, technology and digitalisation, where I’ve been fortunate to be supported in the development of my own career.

“As Bentley celebrates its centenary and enters its next 100 years, my priority is to ensure we attract a diverse range of candidates into all of our functions and develop their potential as part of our journey to inclusiveness.”

Inclusive Boards will also be publishing extensive research into engineering in the UK as well as the results of their diversity survey of the UK’s top 500 engineering firms by revenue.

Astrid Fontaine’s CV in Automotive

2019 onwards: Volkswagen Group Services – Member of the Supervisory Board
2018 onwards: Member of the Board – People, Digitalisation and IT
2016-2017: Emory University, Goizueta Business School – Adjunct Professor Information Systems – Digital Enterprise
2013-2017: Porsche Cars North America – Vice President Human Resources, Culture and Innovation
2012-2013: China Europe International Business School – Visiting Professor Business Strategy
2007-2012: Emory University, Goizueta Business School – Ph.D. Doctoral Student, Information Systems and Business Strategy
2002-2006: Mercedes-Benz USA. LLC – Chief Information Officer – Information Technology MBUSA
2000-2002: Mercedes-Benz USA. LLC – General Manager – eBusiness/Digitalization
1998-2000: Mercedes-Benz Passenger Car (DCAG) Senior Manager, Head of Staff to the Member of the Board for MB Passenger Cars
1996-1998: Daimler-Benz AG – Manager, Corporate Controlling Daimler-Benz
1995-1996: Mercedes-Benz AG – Manager, Corporate Strategy, Strategic Projects for South and North America
1994-1995: Mercedes-Benz-AG – International Management Association Program (IMAP) of MB
1989-1994: Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from Kaiserslautern University.

Development Director at Bentley Motors, Elizabeth Oni-Iyiola explains:

“The Engineering sector has an impact on almost every area of our day to day lives. Astrid and other women like her are role models who inspire those around them and demonstrate leadership and influence in the work that they do.”

Patrick Clarke, Director of Network Operations at UK Power Networks and a Judge for the Inclusive Boards list said:

“I am personally inspired but not at all surprised by the tremendous talent on the Women in Engineering list. Sadly there are still plenty of people who will be surprised due to a mind-set which say Engineering equals males not females.“

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