Mary Barra

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Mary Barra
BornMary Teresa Makela
(1961-12-24) December 24, 1961 (age 52)
Waterford, Michigan
Alma materKettering University, Stanford University
EmployerGeneral Motors
Board member of
3; General Dynamics, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Kettering University Board of Trustees[1]
Spouse(s)Anthony E. Barra
Children2
 
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Mary Barra
BornMary Teresa Makela
(1961-12-24) December 24, 1961 (age 52)
Waterford, Michigan
Alma materKettering University, Stanford University
EmployerGeneral Motors
Board member of
3; General Dynamics, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Kettering University Board of Trustees[1]
Spouse(s)Anthony E. Barra
Children2

Mary Teresa Barra (born December 24, 1961) is the Chief Executive Officer of General Motors, since January 15, 2014. Barra is the first female CEO of a major global automaker.[2][3] On December 10, 2013, GM named her to succeed Dan Akerson as Chief Executive Officer, and prior to that, Barra served as the Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain at General Motors. .[2][4]

Education and career[edit]

Born Mary Teresa Makela, her father worked as a die maker at Pontiac for 39 years.[5] She studied electrical engineering at General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree. Receiving a GM fellowship at Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1988, she obtained a Masters in Business Administration from the school in 1990.[6]

She started working for General Motors at the age of 18[7] as a co-op student in 1980 and subsequently held a variety of engineering and administrative positions, including being manager of the Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly plant.[6]

In February 2008 she became Vice President of Global Manufacturing Engineering. In July 2009 she advanced to the position of Vice President of Global Human Resources, which she held until February 2011, when she was named Executive Vice President of Global Product Development.[6][8] The latter position included responsibilities for design; she has worked to reduce the number of automobile platforms in GM.[2] In August 2013, her Vice President responsibility was extended to include Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.[9]

She was judged to be the 35th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in 2013, having been 41st in 2012.[10][11]

In March of 2014 it was announced that she will deliver the Spring Commencement address for University of Michigans Ann Arbor campus on May 3 at Michigan Stadium. She is also one of six individuals recommended for honorary degrees (Where she is expected to receive an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree) who will be considered by the Board of Regents at its meeting March 20 on the Ann Arbor campus. [12]

Personal life[edit]

Barra's parents are of Finnish descent.[13][14] She is married to consultant Tony Barra, whom she met while studying at Kettering University, and has two children.[2] The family lives in Northville, a suburb of Detroit.[15] She has named the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird as her favorite cars.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kettering University Board of Trustees | Kettering University". Kettering.edu. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d Vlasic, Bill (2013-12-10). "G.M. Names First Female Chief Executive". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  3. ^ "Dan Akerson to Retire as GM CEO in January 2014 Mary Barra to Become Next CEO; Dan Ammann Named President". General Motors. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  4. ^ "Dan Akerson to Retire as GM CEO in January 2014 Mary Barra to Become Next CEO; Dan Ammann Named President". General Motors. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  5. ^ "A Look at Mary Barra, GM’s First Female CEO". The Wall Street Journal. 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  6. ^ a b c Mary T. Barra "Mary Barra: Executive Profile & Biography". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  7. ^ a b "Mary Barra, G.M.’s New Chief, Speaking Her Mind". The New York Times. 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  8. ^ Bunkley, Nick; Vlasic, Bill (2011-01-20). "G.M. Names New Leader for Global Development". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  9. ^ "About GM: Mary T. Barra". General Motors. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  10. ^ Goudreau, Jenna (2012). "Mary Barra". Forbes. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  11. ^ http://www.forbes.com/profile/mary-barra/
  12. ^ "Speaker for University of Michigan Spring commencement 2014". 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  13. ^ Taylor, Alex. "Mary Barra: GM's next CEO?". CNN/Fortune. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  14. ^ Niskakangas, Tuomas (2013-12-16). "New CEO of automotive icon is of Finnish descent". Helsinki Times. 
  15. ^ Bennett, Jeff; Murray, Sara (2013-12-11). "Longtime Insider Is GM's First Female CEO". The Wall Street Journal. pp. A1, A10. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
Business positions
Preceded by
Daniel Akerson
CEO of General Motors
since January 15, 2014
Succeeded by
current