As Global Quality Manager for DuPont Automotive Adhesives, Fluids, and Multibase™ product families, Kim Retzloff-Neal’s expertise stems from years of experience in quality management and quality assurance.
In her current capacity, Kim is responsible for setting business quality strategy, definining business portfolio quality improvement projects, and much more. She also lead DuPont Mobility and Materials in implementation of IATF 16949:2016 for resin manufacturing sites globally, and serves as a subject matter expert for IATF 16949:2016 within the DuPont Mobility and Materials portfolio.
From participating in the development of the AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook, to attending AIAG training and our annual Quality Summits, Kim’s familiarity and experience with AIAG – along with her wealth of knowledge “being a bulk supplier producer in a parts world” – will surely serve her well as the newest member of AIAG’s Quality Steering Committee (QSC).
Ready to find out more? Check out our Q&A with Kim below!
Why do you think it’s important to come together at AIAG and participate in events or volunteer for other activities?
AIAG provides a forum for automotive quality professionals to work collaboratively, enhancing and improving the application of quality within the automotive space. AIAG and its industry volunteers are a diverse group with the knowledge and expertise to improve the understanding and application of quality standards, tools, and work processes. It is how we within the industry have an opportunity to shape the future of automotive quality.
How do you keep up on what’s new in the mobility industries?
I keep up with what’s new by networking with various groups and participating in activities focusing on automotive industry quality developments. I am looking forward to networking firing back up as we fully recover from pandemic limitations.
What current or emerging automotive/mobility trends do you think are most urgent to prepare for?
The climate of mobility is evolving to focus on electric vehicle. This trend is an entirely new space for many suppliers that requires us to have an innovative mindset to meet quality expectations and performance within that innovative space.
What advice would you offer those just starting out in the mobility industries?
Keep an open mind. The automotive industry has a long history of established quality work processes and established expectations on how requirements should be met. Challenge, challenge, challenge. This is how we improve and innovate quality and how we approach quality as professionals.