Distinguished CBA Alumna
Susan Brennan - Inducted in 2009
Susan Brennan is vice president, Manufacturing-Smyrna and Decherd for Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). Brennan is responsible for the operation of Nissan's two Tennessee-based plants. As senior executive on-site, she is responsible for safety, quality, operations, productivity, environmental compliance and new model introduction of Nissan's key North American products.
Before joining Nissan, Brennan spent 16 years in a variety of manufacturing management roles, first at Douglas & Lomason Co. and at then Ford Motor Co. Her most recent position at Ford was director for the automaker's global manufacturing business office. In 2005, Brennan was named by Automotive News as one of the Top 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry. She is vice president of Automotive Women's Alliance, a resource group formed to support Women in the Automotive Industry and has served on the board of directors of the Clara B. Ford Academy in Dearborn, Michigan.
Brennan holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a bachelor's of science degree in microbiology from the University of Illinois. She resides in Brentwood, Tennessee, with her husband and two children.