About Mary Petrovich

“When I think about my career, I can look back on Michigan Engineering and see that it was pivotal – it was one of the corner stones on which I built my success.”
– Mary Petrovich, University of Michigan alumna, volunteer and donor

Ms. Petrovich graduated from the University of Michigan Industrial and Operations Engineering Department in 1985 and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.  As of January 2015, she is currently Executive Chairman of AxleTech International, a private-equity-owned company that she successfully led for a decade as CEO.  She also serves as an Operating Executive at the Carlyle Group, focused on U.S. buyout opportunities in the automotive and transportation sector.

Prior to Carlyle, Ms. Petrovich was Chief Executive Officer of Axle Tech International, culminating in the December 2008 sale of Axle Tech to General Dynamics, where she continued to lead the business through 2010.  Before her CEO job with Axle Tech, Ms. Petrovich served as President of Dura Automotive’s global $1 billion Driver Controls unit. Before Dura, she held roles of increasing responsibility with AlliedSignal, leading several automotive/industrial businesses. Early in her career Ms. Petrovich served in a variety of engineering, manufacturing, and finance roles with Chrysler and General Motors.

In 2014, she established the Mary L. Petrovich Endowed Scholarship Fund for Future Leaders and the Leadership Program Fund, supporting Michigan Engineering Leadership Weekend. Her support will have a comprehensive impact on the experience of female engineering students at Michigan by creating substantial leadership experiences, enhancing marquee leadership programs and providing critical financial assistance to enable the best and brightest to succeed as engineers.

Read more about Mary’s story here.