Mentor- Metro Detroit

Kathy Oswald

Henry Ford Health System

Kathy Oswald began her career as a secretary at the Chrysler Corporation’s Jefferson Assembly Plant in 1972. During her 28 years with Chrysler, she grew to become Chrysler’s top female executive before retiring in 2000. At the time of her retirement Kathy was Chrysler’s Chief Administrative Officer responsible for Human Resources, Labor Relations, Community Relations, Public Relations and Communications.

Following her career at Chrysler, Kathy joined Right Management as President, Great Lakes Region. While at Right she was responsible for all operations of their offices in the Great Lakes region including Southfield, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Toledo. Her key roles included leading their Organizational Consulting, Key Executive and Business Development activities, as well as growing their customer base. During her tenure at Right Great Lakes she led them to year-after-year records for growth and profit.

In July 2008, Kathy joined Henry Ford Health System as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. The two greatest challenges in this recent career move are improving the quality of HR services at Henry Ford Health System during tough economic times and recruiting quality health care professionals, especially qualified nurses, when so many of them are joining smaller companies and organizations caring for the rapidly growing number of aging Americans.

Throughout her career, Kathy has received numerous awards and recognition for her professional achievements. These honors include inclusion in Human Resource World’s “Top 50 HR Executives in the World” (2000); Automotive News’ “100 Leading Women in North America’s Auto Industry” (2000); Crain’s Detroit Business’ “Top 100 Women in Michigan” (1997); and Crain’s “100 Most Influential Women” (2007).

Kathy loves the outdoors and spends time with her family boating, snow skiing, biking and nature walking. In addition, she is very active in community affairs and currently serves on boards for Inforum Center for Leadership, the American Society of Employers, and Crimestoppers. She is Co-Chair of the Leadership Development Peer Review Advisory Council, National Center for Healthcare Leadership. Kathy is also a member of the Leader’s Board for Human Resource Executives, the Board of Directors for Imetris, a global e-solutions company and Pure Eco Environmental Solutions.

Kathy holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Personnel Management from Central Michigan University. She has also completed Duke University’s Advanced Management Program as well as the University of Michigan’s Advanced Human Resources Executive Program.