Career ladder: Loeb, 51, earned a bachelor's degree in math and economics from Wellesley College, then worked as an intern at McKinsey & Co. She obtained a law degree from Harvard University. "Maybe I was destined to be a lawyer. My dad was an attorney." She worked for a Boston law firm, then for an investment firm as acting general counsel. She joined Bloomfield Hills-based Miro Weiner & Kramer as principal and then was managing counsel at Delphi Automotive Systems LLC. In 2010, Loeb joined Chrysler Group LLC as assistant general counsel. She was named senior vice president-general counsel of FCA US LLC in 2013.
Power metrics: Loeb is responsible for worldwide FCA US legal functions including corporate governance, commercial and corporate transactions, product litigation, dealer and trade relations, regulatory and environmental affairs and intellectual property. Auburn Hills-based FCA US LLC, part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, has more than 81,000 employees.
Super power: "I think I am pretty analytical. I don't panic in crisis situations. I tend to just buckle down and focus without losing the bigger picture."
Power lesson: "At the end of the day, you have nothing but your core principles and your integrity, and you should never be afraid to speak for them."
Surprising fact: "I refuse to learn how to use my iPod. My daughter has completely programmed my playlist and has given me a playlist for every occasion imaginable."
Major challenge faced: "Balancing my personal life objectives and career life objectives. My husband recently took a job in Chicago, but we're making it work."
Next big goal: "My only immediate goal is to not drive my twin daughters, who are graduating from Wellesley and Bates (College), absolutely nuts, and let them live their lives."
How she helps other women: Loeb is an executive sponsor at Inforum and gives to the JVS Women to Work program. "I don't think you can ever do enough. I take very seriously not just the women but all of the people that work for me to give them opportunities, to coach them and develop them and to help them in their careers. I focus much of my energy on raising my two girls. It's important that I am a role model for them."
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