General Motors Reportedly Naming First Female CEO

Mary Barra is taking over for Daniel Akerson

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For the first time in General Motors’ hundred-plus year history, the automaker is elevating a woman to top executive.

The Associated Press and Bloomberg, both citing an unnamed source, report that product development chief Mary Barra will succeed Daniel Akerson as CEO. A formal announcement is expected Tuesday, the AP reports.

Barra, 51, began her career as a factory floor intern more than 30 years ago to help pay her tuition while she pursued an electrical engineering degree, she told Forbes. Barra currently is in charge of the engineering, design, and quality of GM’s vehicles internationally.

The federal government officially ended its bailout of GM on Monday by selling its remaining shares, for a total loss $10.5 billion.

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tacocricket44
tacocricket44

Today must be a media "Hate Men Day" because the WSJ just posted a similar story about male CEO's. Too bad that author (Wendy) didn't read about Mary Barra being appointed as CEO of GM today. So what's with the recent sexism in the media? Also, why are women 3X more likely to be employed than men? Even if they have the same qualifications? I'd rather have a job than a female CEO. But that's just me. Maybe you should try reporting the whole story next time...instead of slanting it against men. Did you know that men are more aggressive at negotiating a salary? Maybe that is also part of the reason they get paid more. The list goes on. Truth is, the ONLY discrimination I've seen against women in the workplace has come from other women. But Wendy and Laura don't want to talk about that.

SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

Look for the new, Chevy Mascara, a safe vehicle that alerts women applying makeup at traffic lights the light is green.


MikeHurly
MikeHurly

  • This is quite interesting... GM was producing scrap metal right out of the factory when they filed for bankruptcy... Then the government took over, fired the management that the "free market" stockholders had selected (the same management that continued to give a huge dividends even as the company literally went bankrupt), installed new management and a new set of engineering goals... and a mere 4 years later GM is getting top honors in initial quality rankings from an established ranking.

    I'm not screaming for increased socialism.... but this will serve as a piece of hard evidence in the stereotypical university philosophical debates that when done correctly government can do better for business than pure greed-based capitalism.

Openminded1
Openminded1

I think it is great this women is going to head a major auto company. She paid her dues for sure, now lets see what she can due. As for Obama he needs help to bail out of the Obama not so good care bs he started.