DBusiness Magazine Recognizes Rachel Fortenberry as Leading Business Woman
Marketplace / 2016/09/09
Each year, DBusiness Magazine recognizes eight Metro Detorit women who hold leading positions across various industries, including automotive, sponsorships and event planning, health care, logistics and insurance.
Chosen from among hundreds of candidates, Faurecia’s Rachel Fortenberry was recognized as a DBusiness “Powered by Woman” Honoree, and her profile was prominently featured in the magazine. Rachel was also celebrated at an event honoring all eight women.
Check out a sneak peek of Rachel’s DBusiness profile below:
Global Director of Sales for Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, GM Business Unit, Faurecia, Auburn Hills
Employees: 100,000 | Revenue: $23.8B
Eight years into her career as an engineer and engineering manager at Dana Corp., Rachel Fortenberry was interviewing for a chief engineer position — but the sales vice president insisted she move into sales. “He said, ‘Wait a minute. You cannot go to engineering. You have to do sales,’” she says. “He wouldn’t let me take the chief engineer job; he wanted me in sales.”
A native of Brazil, Fortenberry graduated magna cum laude from Paulista University in Sao Paulo with a degree in mechanical engineering (while working as a co-op with Volkswagen Brazil). Upon graduating, she joined Dana’s Sao Paulo Axle Division as a product engineer in 1987. Two years later, she moved to the Spicer Clutch Division in Detroit.
“Dana had a program where they would swap members around the world for training, and I was one of the few there who spoke English so I was selected to come to the U.S.,” she says. In 1992, she was promoted to account manager for major U.S. accounts at GM, Ford, and Chrysler. Along the way she became a U.S. citizen, got married, and had two children; from 1995 to 1999, she was a stay-at-home mom.
When she returned to work, Dana sent her to Sao Paulo to be general sales manager for the Fluid Systems Division. But the following year, she and her husband (also with Dana) moved to Minas Gerais in Brazil. “He moved to a different company,” she says, “and we were in this little town where there was not much automotive (work), so I thought I would try something different.
To read the rest of Rachel’s profile, click here.