WAYNE, PA - Josie Sharp, CAFM, fleet manager for Shire US Inc., announced that she will retire Dec. 31, 2011. Sharp, who was the 2003 AF Professional Fleet Manager of the Year, joined Shire Pharmaceuticals in 2007.
A History of Women in Fleet
The automotive fleet industry was no different than many others in terms of maintaining a "glass ceiling" for women, and the automotive industry has always been a male-dominated business. But we do have our female pioneers, from Helen Bland, who began her career as Hallmark's fleet manager in 1942 (and who ultimately was a founding inductee in the AF Hall of Fame) to Helene Kamon, the first female president of AFLA. In a 1970 article in Automotive Fleet on women in fleet, we asked each one their opinion of the "women's lib movement," but today we're only concerned about what a female fleet manager might think about the daily business of managing a vehicle fleet. We hope you'll enjoy this look at some very important women to whom the entire industry -- both men and women -- owe a great debt.