Vice President, Comtel Corporation
Dr. Barbara Boroughf, PhD, has more than 38 years of experience in environmental health and safety in the manufacturing segment. She is the former Global Vice President of Health, Safety and Environmental Management for Lear Corporation, a Global Tier 1 automotive manufacturer, headquartered in Southfield, MI. She retired from Lear July 1, 2015. Prior to coming to Lear in 1997, she held various positions within Rockwell International starting with Rockwell in 1978 at their North American Space Operations, Golden Colorado as Safety Manager. She was promoted to Rockwell’s Corporate Director of Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation, Seal Beach, CA. Currently she is Vice President EH&S Program Development for Comtel Corporation, a sales, engineering and service company and provides blog content exclusively for Antea Group.
Barbara earned her PhD from Indiana State University in Technology Management. She has a Master’s Degree in Safety Engineering and an undergraduate degree in health sciences.
Prior to retirement, Barbara was a member of the Original Equipment Suppliers’ Association (OESA) and served on the Board of Governors in 2011 and was Co-Chairman 2012/2013. She was a member of Supplier Partnership and served on the Executive Committee and was Work Group Chair in 2011/2012. She was an active member of the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and served as their training Co Chair for the Green House Gas Work Group in 2010, REACH Training Co-Chair 2007 and 2008, and the Conflict Minerals Technical Work Group beginning in 2011 and until her retirement in 2015. Currently she is a Volunteer Senior Subject Matter Expert for Conflict Minerals for AIAG. She received AIAG’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009. Since 2012, Barbara has served on the Learning Design & Technology Advisory Board at Bowling Green State University in the College of Technology, Architecture & Applied Engineering.
While with Lear, she was actively involved in Lear’s Global Diversity effort by participating in the Global Resources and Opportunities for Women (GROW) group that serves as a resource and networking group for women at Lear. She also served on the Board of Directors for Vista Maria, one of Michigan’s largest private, nonprofit residential and community-based treatment agencies for youth suffering the effects of severe abuse, neglect and other traumas.