Global Project Lead, Manufacturing Automation
"Manufacturing is the foundation of our culture and civilization. If we could not produce paint there would be no paintings; if we could not build instruments there would be no music; and if we could not manufacture machinery we would still do everything through manual labor, and travel on foot."
Susanne is responsible for multi-million dollar, high-visibility projects. She is entrusted with these projects because her focus is not only on results, but also relationship driven. Within the multinational team she leads, Susanne emphasizes cultural integration to ensure the team achieves desired results while developing mutual understanding and respect. This emphasis was critical to achieving her recent success with developing and deploying a global manufacturing planning tool. Cultural integration has also been essential in Suzanne’s effort to lead AGCO to define its vision, mission, and values for Industry 4.0. She spearheaded cross-functional workshops with site leads in multiple geographies, secured top-notch speakers, and initiated industry peer visits to ensure alignment and respect.
Susanne is also a passionate advocate for women in manufacturing. She has been the co-leader of her local chapter of AGCO's Global Women’s Network (AGWN) for three years. She is also the mastermind behind AGCO's corporate sponsorship of WiM (Women in Manufacturing), and serves on the Board of Directors for the local Georgia chapter. Since its formation in 2015, Susanne has been a guest speaker at local STEM schools, hoping to motivate young women by eliminating old-fashioned ideas about manufacturing and by showcasing the wide variety of career opportunities.
AGCO's vision is to help professional farmers feed the world through high-tech solutions. Aligning with this vision, Susanne initiated and led the 2015 North American AGWN community outreach program to benefit Heifer International, whose mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty. Through combined efforts, AGWN raised $15,000 for Heifer International, which resulted in 11 girls attending school, as well as providing farming communities in need with a wide variety of livestock and equipment.