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GM's Mary Barra becomes first female CEO at global automaker

Mary Barra becomes first female CEO at global automaker

Akerson himself previously noted that a female CEO at one of the Detroit Three was "inevitable."
Mary Barra is set to become the first woman to lead a global automaker. The executive will succeed General Motors' Dan Akerson, a former private equity bigwig who was appointed in 2009 to help lead the company out of bankruptcy. Akerson, 65, will be retiring in January, although rumors have been swirling about his potential replacement for months.

Barra, 51, has been at GM since age 18. Most recently, she has been executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. Barra has previously served in various positions within the company over her 33 years, including vice president of Global Manufacturing Engineering, executive director of Competitive Operations Engineering, and vice president of Global Human Resources.

We reported just four weeks ago that Akerson probably wasn't leaving until next year, and that a dedicated search for his replacement - widely believed to be either Barra or President of GM North America Mark Reuss - had not yet begun. In the official press release announcing Barra's appointment, GM notes that Akerson pulled ahead his retirement date after his wife was diagnosed with advanced cancer. That said, the news of Barra taking over isn't entirely shocking, as Akerson himself previously noted that a female CEO at one of the Detroit Three was "inevitable."

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VERY interesting, I thought for sure Reuss was going to get that spot...

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Re: GM's Mary Barra becomes first female CEO at global automaker

Now imagine another woman as Ford Motor Company CEO : Barb Szamardisk. She deserve it too.

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^ afaik Ms. Barra is very different from Barb Samardzich who's an ENGINEER iirc, not a XXXXXXXX

(fwiw, I'm not sure EITHER career path, *by itself*, is best for the 'top spot')

XXXXXXXX = RETRACTION: just heard on PBS news that Barra is an engineer too
I shouldn't have taken the elsewhere info about mainly/just an HR background as correct


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VERY interesting, I thought for sure Reuss was going to get that spot...
I was reading some "scholarly" anal-ysis elsewhere which (in part) speculated if Mark Reuss would be out the door as soon as she takes over
but
my basic paranoia wonders if she's what a Trekker would call a "red shirt", someone intended to get killed off,
thus
clearing the way for Mark to play the rescuing 'white knight'
?

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Re: GM's Mary Barra becomes first female CEO at global automaker

^People think Mark Reuss could end up at Ford after Mulally leaves, but I don't think the product & development VP slot will be open..... Raj Nair just started (April of 2012). COO will be open, though.

Also, he loves GM, and I doubt he'll work somewhere else.
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^ afaik Ms. Barra is very different from Barb Samardzich who's an ENGINEER iirc, not a XXXXXXXX

(fwiw, I'm not sure EITHER career path, *by itself*, is best for the 'top spot')

XXXXXXXX = RETRACTION: just heard on PBS news that Barra is an engineer too
I shouldn't have taken the elsewhere info about mainly/just an HR background as correct



I was reading some "scholarly" anal-ysis elsewhere which (in part) speculated if Mark Reuss would be out the door as soon as she takes over
but
my basic paranoia wonders if she's what a Trekker would call a "red shirt", someone intended to get killed off,
thus
clearing the way for Mark to play the rescuing 'white knight'
?

Sorry for the mistake... her name is very complicated!!! Barb is an engineer, but she is in charge of the operations in Europe! Is an extremely efficient executive, by the comments at the press. Why not be a CEO in the future?

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lots of gossip at

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AAH #222 – Inside GM: the Story You Haven’t Heard



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AAH #223 – Presents & Coal: The Best & Worst of 2013


at 60:00 just before the end
John McElroy gives a (honorary) crimmas presnet to Mark Reuse:
"1st Annual Autoline EXECUTIVE of the YEAR AWARD"

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