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Mary Barra, The First Female Auto-Queen

Mary Barra is GM's new CEOEarlier today, General Motors announced the retirement of their CEO Dan Akerson, the man who lead GM to record profits with 15 consecutive quarters of profitability and dramatic improvement in vehicle quality while closing the chapter on government ownership in the company, ultimately leading their 2010 IPO. Those are some big shoes to fill.

So why not fill them with some heels?

Mary Barra, the current executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, has been elected by the Board of Directors to become the next head honcho!

With 33 years of experience at GM, Barra has put in the time to earn this honor, starting at General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) as a teenager and working her way up through manufacturing, engineering, human resources and senior management positions. In GM’s announcement press release, they describe her as,

“a leader in the company’s ongoing turnaround, revitalizing GM’s product development process resulting in the launch of critically acclaimed new products while delivering record product quality ratings and higher customer satisfaction.”

So I’d say she’s ready to take on this lead role, wouldn’t you?

Come January, Barra will become the first female CEO of GM – and the first to run a major automaker. You go, Tough Cookie!

Source: GM Press Release


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