Shari L. Burgess (Chair)
Vice President, Treasurer & Chief Diversity Officer
Burgess leads Lear’s global corporate financing activities, including capital structure, capital markets, commercial and investment banking and rating agency relationships, as well as global insurance, cash and risk management. As chief diversity officer, she strives to create a diverse and inclusive work environment that leverages the creative power of diversity and allows all team members to reach their full potential. In her 24 years with Lear, she has been part of the leadership team that grew a private $1.4 billion North American seat assembly supplier into a public $18 billion global Fortune 250 Tier I automotive supplier.
Her positions at Lear and her prior experience as audit manager with Ernst & Young, provided her with a diverse professional background in treasury and investment banking, corporate finance and financial planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, SEC reporting and accounting. Her leadership of critical corporate transactions demonstrates an in-depth understanding of business strategy, capital markets, stakeholder value creation and corporate governance. She has led several private and publics acquisitions in multiple countries.
Burgess was named one of the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry by Automotive News in 2010 and one of the 100 Crain’s Most Influential Women by Crain’s Detroit Business in 2007. She was also recognized in Treasury and Risk magazine’s 2011 Women in Finance list.
She serves on the boards of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion and Inforum. She was also a founding member of the steering committee that launched the United Way women’s initiative to promote early childhood literacy.
She received a bachelor’s degree in professional management and economics from Albion College in Albion, Mich., and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. She is a certified public accountant in the state of Michigan.
Shari was appointed to the HAP board in 2012.