Lynn Longo, SVP Digital Cockpit, HARMAN International has been named among 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry by Automotive News. Longo and her co-honorees are featured in a special section of the Nov. 9 issue and were recognized at a virtual, exclusive celebration sponsored by Automotive News and Deloitte.

100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry recognizes women who are leaders in the automotive field – those who make major decisions and have significant influence at their companies.  Automotive News has published the list of the industry’s top female executives every five years since 2000.

This year’s honorees come from 72 companies. They are CEOs, COOs, CIOs, CMOs, engineers, plant managers, dealer principals and more. And, for the first time, many work in the new mobility sector.

At HARMAN, Lynn leads the Digital Cockpit Business Unit, the largest, most engineer dense unit within HARMAN’s Connected Car Division. In this role, she is responsible for driving innovative product strategy, design, development and deployment in a highly disrupted global automotive market.

Part of Lynn’s extensive experience includes her time as executive director and CIO of Connected Ecosystem Integration for General Motors. Lynn also led a global team of engineers for GM Europe to launch the OnStar Platform in 37 countries. Additionally, Lynn served president and managing director of Shanghai Onstar for Shanghai General Motors, being responsible for P&L, engineering and technology development. Under Lynn’s leadership, SAIC-GM served over 1 million, customers providing wide ranging in-vehicle safety, security and intelligent connected services.

Lynn is also active in the area diversity and inclusion, regularly advocating for gender empowerment in the automotive and technology industries. She is a mentor member of the HARMAN Woman’s Network, Inforum and Chairs the Technology Next Industry Group. Lynn recently participated as a speaker at the Michigan Council of Women in Technology’s Annual Gala. Additionally, she has also engaged as a thought leader with Ladies Who Tech Shanghai, and GM’s “We for She” events. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Information Technology Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

“A comparison of the 2020 and 2015 Automotive News lists of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry confirms that the status of women in the industry continues to improve. There are 13 CEOs of automakers and suppliers on the list this time, up from six in 2015 and two in 2010,” said Mary Beth Vander Schaaf, Automotive News managing editor and leader of the project.

The 2020 class of Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry emerged from a months-long nomination and judging process that attracted hundreds of entries from the United States, Canada and Mexico. 

“Our selection committee made many difficult decisions,” said Vander Schaaf. “The talented, powerful executives on this list are at the forefront of thousands of successful women in the auto industry.”

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HARMAN ( designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

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Lyndsey Walworth