Carpenter CEO Anne Stevens speaks at spring commencement

May 06, 2008

Approximately 185 students will receive baccalaureate and associate degrees when Penn State Berks holds its annual spring commencement, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in the Beaver Community Center.

The keynote speaker will be Anne Stevens, who was appointed chairman, president and chief executive officer of Carpenter Technology Corp. on Nov. 1, 2006. Carpenter Technology Corp. produces and distributes specialty alloys, including stainless steel, titanium alloys, super alloys and various engineered products. Stevens is the first female chief executive officer in the company's 117-year history.

Previously, Stevens was executive vice president, Ford Motor Co.; and chief operating officer, The Americas. In this position, she had overall responsibility for leading the Ford's core operations in The Americas, including product development, manufacturing and purchasing. Stevens was the first female executive vice president in company history.

She also served as vice president of North American Vehicle Operations with responsibility for nearly 30 plants in Canada, Mexico and the United States. She is a nationally recognized expert in operational excellence and lean manufacturing and delivered record improvements in quality and productivity. Before joining Ford Motor Co. in 1990, Stevens held engineering, manufacturing and marketing positions at Exxon Corp.

She was born in Reading and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical and materials engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She completed graduate work at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., and received an honorary doctorate degree in communications sciences from Central Michigan University and an honorary doctorate degree in business science from Cleary University.

Stevens serves on the Lockheed Martin board of directors. She is a member of the executive advisory board of the Juran Center for Leadership in Quality at the University of Minnesota.

In 2000, Stevens received the prestigious Shingo Leadership Award and later was appointed to the Shingo Prize Board of Governors. In 2003, she received the Eli Whitney Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. She was named a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2004 and also was honored with a distinguished service citation from the Automotive Hall of Fame. 

Stevens has been named four times to Fortune magazine's list of "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" and was named by Automotive News as a 2005 "Leading Woman in the North American Automotive Industry." In 2006, she received the 360 Leadership Award from Wf 360 LLC and in May, she was named to the "Best 50 Women in Business" list by the State of Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development.

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