BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Sandra Gillespie, formerly of Lilbourn, Mo., was promoted to vice president, logistics and planning, at Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing North America in Bloomington. She is responsible for nine managers, handling domestic and international logistics, planning and scheduling, "E" business, packaging, supplier diversity and development, service parts, NAFTA and purchasing.
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hopson of Howardville, Gillespie is a 1971 graduate of Lilbourn High School. She worked 12 years at John Deere Harvester in Moline, Ill., prior to joining Mitsubishi.
In 1989, Gillespie was hired by Mitsubishi to create and manage the Service Parts Department. She was promoted to general manager of production control in June 1999.
In October 1999 she was nationally recognized as the winner of the Women of Color Technology Award for Managerial Leadership and in September 2000 she was nominated and selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Automotive News. She was featured in this national automotive magazine in September 2000 as well as Essence magazine in April 2000.
Gillespie is the first black female executive at this Japanese plant in Bloomington.