International Association of Top Professionals Awards FCA US Executive with Top Business Leader of the Year Award for 2018

International Association of Top Professionals Awards FCA US Executive with Top Business Leader of the Year Award for 2018

NEW YORK, NY - 02/19/2018 — The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) has selected May-Leng Yau-Patterson, Head of World Class Manufacturing Mexico Operations for FCA US LLC as the recipient of its prestigious “Top Business Leader of the Year Award for 2018’.   Yau-Patterson will be honored with the Presidential Crystal Tower for this distinction at the IAOTP’s Annual Award Gala at the end of this year.  Yau-Patterson was just recently honored at IAOTP’s 2017 Annual Awards Gala at the Ritz Carlton in New York where she received “Top Female Executive” and the “Lifetime Achievement Award.”   In addition, Yau-Patterson will be featured on the cover of T.I.P. Magazine (Top Industry Professional) in the fourth quarter of 2018.  Yau-Patterson was recently featured on the Reuters Building in New York’s Times Square for her selection as 2017 “Woman of the Year”.

While inclusion in the IAOTP is an honor in itself, only select members are chosen to receive this prestigious Business Leader Award, as it is based on years of experience in the field, professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities and civic contributions. 

“Those that receive the Business Leader Award are incredibly talented professionals who have influenced and inspired others in all industries around the world.  Their dedication, drive and passion for what they do is bar none which have led them to their success throughout their careers and have helped others become successful as well,” said Stephanie Cirami, President of IAOTP. “May-Leng is one of these people. Choosing her for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make.  She is one of the hardest workers I have ever met, and a leader who is humble, gracious and brilliant at what she does.  May-Leng has been a huge asset to our organization and we are looking forward to see more amazing things from her.”

With over three decades of professional experience in the logistics and manufacturing industry, Yau-Patterson has established herself as an accomplished professional and expert in the field. Starting as a Lead Logistics Analyst, she worked her way up, assuming positions with increasing responsibility for prestigious companies that included Ryder Logistics, TNT Logistics, Exel Logistics and General Motors, before joining DaimlerChrysler (now FCA US) in 2002.

In her current position with FCA US, Yau-Patterson is responsible for leading and coaching plant managers and the leadership teams at the assembly, engine and stamping plants throughout Mexico in the implementation of World Class Manufacturing (WCM), a methodology that focuses on eliminating waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way.  She is responsible for the development and engagement of people in the application of the WCM technical methods and tools to achieve operational excellence. WCM has been credited as one of the key strategies in the continued success of FCA US.  Yau-Patterson is also a certified Global WCM Auditor who performs audits at facilities around the world. 

During the span of her career, Yau-Patterson’s responsibilities have encompassed overseeing Lean Manufacturing; Lean Production Methodology and Tools, Supply Chain Management; Logistics Management; Strategy Development; Purchasing; Material Handling & Packaging Solutions; Logistics Engineering and Industrial Engineering. 

Yau-Patterson has been recognized worldwide and received numerous awards for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. In addition to her 2018 IAOTP awards, she was named Top Female Executive and Woman of the Year in 2017. For the sixth year in a row, she was selected as Pinnacle Professional of the Year by Continental Who’s Who.  Other recognitions have included being honored as 2016 Top Professional of the Year in Manufacturing by the IAOTP, awarded Prominent Professional Woman of The Year in the Automotive industry by Continental Who’s Who, named one of Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry, honored as a Delegate Featured Leader by the International Women’s Leadership Association, selected as a recipient of the Women of Color Achievement, and awarded Empire & Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year both in the automobile industry.  Yau-Patterson was featured in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Inner Circle Executive Magazine as well as the 2011 edition of Top 101 Industry Experts publication and Automotive News September 2010 edition.   

Yau-Patterson earned both her Bachelor of Science in Systems Analysis and Master of Science in Operations Research from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

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The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization who handpicks the world’s finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries.  These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers and to help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join.  You have to be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview. 

IAOTP's experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals around the world, the recognition and credibility that they deserve and have helped in building their branding empires.  IAOTP prides itself to be a one of a kind boutique networking organization that hand picks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place.

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