Carla PrestonVP, Global Supply Chain
Management and Strategy
Dura Automotive Systems
Carla Traci Preston has amassed extensive leadership and expertise in global supply chain management and product development with assignments in manufacturing, quality, product planning, strategy and business planning, and supplier diversity. As Dura Automotive Systems, Vice President of Global Supply Chain Management and Strategy, Ms. Preston is responsible for providing executive direction and leadership to over 125 global team members for short term and long term (multi-year) purchasing strategies, programs, and activities for direct and indirect commodities. In addition, Ms. Preston is responsible for developing and overseeing sourcing and risk management strategies. As Ford Motor Company’s Director of Supplier Diversity Development, Carla was responsible for providing access, growth, and development to 350+ diverse (i.e. minority, women, and veteran) suppliers, identifying qualified diversity suppliers, developing existing diversity suppliers, verifying supplier credentials, and expanding diversity suppliers throughout the supply chain network (i.e. Tier 1 and Tier II opportunities).
Additional responsibilities included: creating, updating and leading the supplier diversity strategic business plan, establishing and monitoring progress toward annual supplier diversity objectives, managing Ford's Joint Technology Framework initiative. Prior to this assignment, Carla was Manager, Global Product Development (PD) Business Operations and Planning (Chief of Staff) and Technical Advisor. Responsibilities included: directly supporting the Group Vice President of Global Product development (Ford Motor Company Officer); overseeing global product development’s strategic business plan development, facilitating management reviews and ensuring that processes required to operate the organization are efficient and lean. Carla also served as Ford Motor Company’s North American Cross Vehicle Strategy Manager and North American PD Sport Utility Vehicles Quality and Planning Manager.
Carla is an accomplished executive in her field. She has been recognized with over 20 major awards in supplier diversity, leadership, engineering, supplier diversity and inclusion as well as community service. In 2014, Carla was selected as The National Minority Supplier Development Council’s (NMSDC®) Minority Supplier Development Leader of the Year. This award is presented to a supplier diversity professional who has gone the extra mile to make a significant impact in the field of minority supplier development. In 2007, Carla received the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Junipero Serra award. This esteemed award is presented to a person who has provided unique and outstanding contributions in the fields of engineering and science, including management, administration and education. Padre Serra was a Franciscan missionary who traveled thousands of miles in the Pacific West, venturing into unknown lands and facing appalling hardships to establish missions that brought faith and hope to those they served. Carla demonstrated over a sustained period a similar pioneering spirit and tireless enthusiasm through her innovative accomplishments, leading the advancement of engineering and science. Carla has been recognized as an expert in the field of quality. She was elected as a Fellow by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and is the recipient of its Automotive Division Quality Professional of the Year Award and the Koth Award as well as the Automotive Industry Group’s Outstanding Achievement Award. She is certified by ASQ as a Quality Engineer, Quality Auditor and Quality Manager and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Green Belt. Professional Engineering magazine named Carla as one of the “100 Most Admired Women."
A mentor to engineering students, women and promising engineers, Carla is a member of The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), American Society of Quality (ASQ), The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), Ford Hispanic Network (FHN) and Ford Professional Women's Network (PWN). Carla is involved in numerous civic and philanthropic activities. She has served on the Board of Directors for: Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Minority Supplier Diversity Council, National Minority Supplier Diversity Council, Women's Business Enterprise Council, and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Carla is a person of many interests and pursuits including: University of Michigan football, traveling, baking, scrapbooking and ballroom dancing. Among her many passions is educating young people especially in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Since 2000, she has served as an after school teacher. Carla is an active board member of St Hugo of the Hills Parish, American Heart Association and Braewyck Association. "Leading with an engineering discipline and business acumen with a warm and vibrant leadership style to create innovative and robust strategies, plans and programs which deliver sustainable results."