Career ladder: Educated at German university Industriekauffrau IHK and with an advanced business degree from the University of Munich, Straub, 51, landed her first automotive job at a brakes plant in Blaichach, Germany, in a Bosch Chassis Systems Management Development Program. A series of advancements followed. Today, as CFO of Farmington Hills-based Robert Bosch LLC, she is responsible for commercial departments, including legal, tax, human resources, corporate social responsibility and shared services.
Power metrics: Straub is responsible for Bosch activity in North America, which includes more than 31,000 associates in more than 100 locations with sales of $14 billion in fiscal year 2015.
Special skill: "I like to be creative and am good at anything having to do with people. I have worked a lot with restructuring, and I am good at it."
Big win: "I have a tendency to say 'yes' to a new challenge and think after what it might entail. This has given me a lot of opportunities."
Board/community connections: Board of governors, Cranbrook Institute of Science, and boards of Inforum and the Inforum Center for Leadership.
Power lesson: "I learned very early from my father that to lead is to serve. You can only be successful if your people are successful."
Surprising fact: "I'm a dedicated hockey mom. With combined families, my partner and I have four sons."
Best mentor: One of my former bosses, who is now head of the advisory board at Bosch.
How you assist other women in your company, in your community, in the world: "I have been encouraging girls in middle school to stay in science, and I am an advocate for women in auto and technology. I'm a coach, mentor and sponsor within Bosch."
Changes have you seen in how women wield power in Michigan or in your industry over the last 10 years: "A lot of women left the auto industry during the recession and joined other interesting industries. The auto industry is not getting its fair share. The graduation rate of women in engineering has decreased significantly, although new data from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University shows that rate is slightly better. It still is not where it needs to be."
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