Kathleen Ligocki


Bicentennial Medal (2019)
Distinguished Alumni Service Award (2009)
B.A., 1978; L.H.D., 2002
Honorary Degree (2002)
Doctor of Humane Letters
Location: Kokomo, Indiana
Presenter: Myles Neil Brand
IU Kokomo Alumni Hall of Fame (2001)
B.A., 1978; L.H.D., 2002


Ligocki is the Operating Executive at Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield, & Byers, a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley and CEO of Next Autoworks. She was the former CEO of GS Motors, based in Mexico. She has worked in the automotive industry for three decades, starting as a foreman at a Kokomo, Ind., plant. Ligocki has held executive positions at United Technologies Automotive, Ford Motor Co., and Tower Automotive.

She is a founding member of the Women's Leadership Forum and a director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico. She was appointed to the Board of Directors at Lear Corporation in 2012. Ligocki serves as a mentor in the Innovation Symposium, a course for outstanding students at IU Kokomo.