May Leng Yau-Patterson, is the Head of World Class Manufacturing Mexico Operations for FCA US LLC (formerly Chrysler Group)
With over 30 years of professional experience in the logistics and manufacturing industry, May-Leng has established herself as an accomplished professional and expert in the field. Starting as a Lead Logistics Analyst for Ryder Integrated Logistics in 1986, 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 LLC) in 2002.
In her 14 years with the Company, May-Leng has held a variety of positions including Director Manufacturing Action Process, Director Advance Supply, Director of Production Control & Advance Supply, Head of Manufacturing Planning & Control.
As the current Head of World Class Manufacturing Mexico Operations, May-Leng is responsible for leading and coaching plant managers and their 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. May-Leng is also a certified Global WCM Auditor who performs audits at facilities around the world. During the span of her career, her responsibilities 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.
May-Leng 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.
May-Leng has been recognized worldwide and received numerous awards for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. For 2017, she was just named “Woman of the Year” with the International Association of Top Professionals and for the fourth year in a row, she was selected as Pinnacle Professional of the Year by Continental Who’s Who. She has been honored as 2016 Top Professional of the Year in Manufacturing by the International Association of Top Professionals, named 2015 Prominent Professional Woman of The Year in the Automotive industry by Continental Who’s Who and featured in the January 2016 edition of Inner Circle Executive magazine. Other recognition included being 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. May-Leng also had a chapter dedicated to her in the 2011 edition of Top 101 Industry Experts publication and was featured in the Automotive News September 2010 edition.
When she is not working she enjoys biking, running and traveling with her family.
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