Cooper Tire’s Kathleen Slocum wins award

Cooper Tire’s Kathleen Slocum wins award

The Manufacturing Institute has recognized Kathleen Slocum, Senior Manager, Corporate Quality for Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, with a Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award for 2019. Slocum is among 130 women nationally who earned the honour this year.

The STEP Ahead Awards programme recognises women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to senior executive leadership. On April 11, winners of the STEP Ahead Award will be recognized at a reception in Washington, where honorees’ stories will be highlighted, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing as well as their roles in the community.

“Kathleen is a hands-on leader who has made meaningful contributions to Cooper. She has dedicated her
career to manufacturing and works directly with our plants to implement important quality initiatives. Her
extensive technical experience, particularly in the field of tire uniformity, supports Cooper’s commitment to
high-quality products,” said Brad Hughes, Cooper’s President & Chief Executive Officer.

Slocum joined Cooper in 2016 with nearly 20 years of experience in manufacturing, with specialisation in
tyre uniformity. She is responsible for ensuring consistent quality by developing and implementing global
manufacturing quality systems and leading continuous improvement activities related to variation
reduction and quality improvement. A Canadian immigrant to the U.S., she holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree
in mechanical engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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