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Lynn Weaver, Vice President, Human Resources & General Affairs, Featured in DRIVEN
Lynn Weaver, Yazaki North America’s Vice President, Human Resources & General Affairs is featured in this year’s edition of DRIVEN: A Tribute to African-American Achievement in the Automotive Industry.
A Human Touch in Human Resources by Damon Autry
Lynn Weaver has always had a progressive aura about her. Even during her days growing up in Flint, Michigan, a thriving automotive hub at the time, Weaver exuded a strong desire to be successful. This mindset was fortified by parents that played a very integral part in Weaver’s life. “They were very focused on our education and pushing my two siblings and me to be the very best we could be,” she remembers.
She left Flint after high school to pursue higher education at Michigan State University. Weaver recalls interviewing for jobs after graduation and being stunned at the information revealed during those encounters. “I found out quickly about the money I’d be making, or in those cases, NOT making,” she says with a chuckle. “So I decided to return to school for my MBA.”
Her initial plan included completing graduate school, then moving on to work in corporate America for several years before pursuing a law degree. But something interesting happened during that process. Weaver landed a job at Xerox Corporation that prompted her to change course. “I started my journey at Xerox and realized it was something I thoroughly enjoyed. I felt I could make a difference there.” She ended up spending 26 years at the company where she held numerous leadership positions.
In addition to building a solid foundation for her career at Xerox, Weaver was also exposed to countless individuals that proved influential. “I had the fortunate opportunity to work with a group of dynamic African Americans who were forging leadership roles at Xerox, and I wanted to be part of that,” she says. “It was my generation that was the first significant group of African Americans that had moved into the corporate world, so I thought that it was important that we were there; it was important that we provided a different perspective from a diversity standpoint. That was important to me then and now.”
Weaver started at Yazaki in 2001 as the director of associate relations. She has since moved up to vice president of human resources and general affairs where she is responsible for Yazaki’s human resources organization, including attracting, retaining and developing talented employees within the company, implementing a standardized talent review processes and launching a regional compensation program. She is also responsible for the organization’s communications, corporate affairs, security and facilities management. Weaver is one of the highest-ranking women executives at Yazaki, which is one of the world’s leading automotive supply organizations. She has led initiatives focused on work environment, recognition, resource planning and staffing, and employee development. She also established a performance management program and succession planning process that identifies employees for advancement into key executive and managerial positions in the company.
She has held board positions with the internationally renowned Garth Fagan Dance company (Choreographer of “The Lion King”), the Canton Community Foundation, Wayne State University Board of Visitors (Office of International Programs) and currently the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. She is a member of the NAACP, the National Urban League, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and Links, Inc. Additionally, she is also a member of Inforum and a board member of Inforum Center for Leadership Advisory Council.