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Mary Barra – First Woman to chair GM as CEO

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After achieving the feat of becoming US automaker General Motor‘s first female CEO, now Mary Barra again created history by elected as its chairman.

  • She will succeed Tim Solso, who will remain on the board as lead independent director.
  • Only 11 companies in the S&P 500 have a woman in both the CEO and chairperson roles.

Mary Barra – First Woman to chair GM as CEOAbout Mary Barra
54 years old Barra, a GM career veteran, became chief executive on January 15, 2014, the first female CEO of any major automaker.

  • In 2014, Barra was listed as one of the world’s most powerful women by Forbes, for the third time. She was listed seventh, rising from 35th in 2013.
  • Barra was listed number 1 in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list 2015.
  • She started as a student at the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in Flint, Michigan. She studied engineering and has since held a variety of positions at the company in communications, engineering, and human resources.

About General Motors
General Motors Company aka GM, is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, that designs, manufactures, markets and distributes vehicles and vehicle parts and sells financial services.

  • General Motors produces vehicles in 37 countries under thirteen brands.