MBA alumna receives OBE in Queen’s New Year Honours

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Executive MBA Class of 2008 alumna, Carol Holden, has been awarded an OBE in the the Queen’s New Year Honours for services to the automotive industry in the North West.

Carol is the Chief Executive of the Northwest Automotive Alliance (NAA) – an independent, not-for-profit company which provides a membership service to the automotive community.

She was appointed Chief Executive of the NAA in April 2010, shortly before the announcement that the Northwest Development Agency was to be abolished, along with the funding it provided to the NAA. Despite the challenges, Carol has led the organisation through a period of successful growth and has secured a number of high profile projects for the organisation.

Carol commented: “I am delighted to receive the award and regard it as a huge honour. My main focus over the last few years has been to help with the growth of the North West’s automotive industry, and it is gratifying that this effort has been acknowledged.

“There is still plenty more work to be done and in 2014 I look forward to building on the base that we have developed in order to capitalise on the strengths of the automotive industry in the region.”

Carol started her career at Leyland Truck & Bus, moving to Eaton Ltd in 1985, where she progressed to Engineering Manager Europe, leading and working with engineering teams in multiple facilities across Europe, USA, South America and Asia-Pacific. She completed her executive MBA in 2008.

Carol is also a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Chair of the Professional Development Standards Committee at the IMechE, and a member of the Women’s Engineering Society.

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