Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company
About GM: Mary T. Barra
Mary Barra was named Chief Executive Officer of General Motors effective January 15, 2014. Under her leadership, GM is driving to become the global industry leader in automotive design and technology, product quality, customer care and business results. She is also a member of the GM Board of Directors.
Prior to her current position, Barra served as Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain since August 2013, and as Senior Vice President, Global Product Development since February 2011. In these roles, she was responsible for the design, engineering, program management and quality of GM vehicles around the world. She was also a member of the GM Executive Operations Committee and the Adam Opel AG Supervisory Board.
Previously, Barra served as GM Vice President, Global Human Resources; Vice President, Global Manufacturing Engineering; Plant Manager, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly; Executive Director of Competitive Operations Engineering; and in several engineering and staff positions.
In 1990, Barra graduated with a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business after receiving a GM fellowship in 1988.
Barra began her career with GM in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.
Barra serves on the General Dynamics Board of Directors and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Board of Directors. In 2012, she and her husband, Tony, chaired the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute’s 30th annual dinner, which raised nearly $1.7 million for cancer research.
Barra serves on the Kettering University Board of Trustees and is GM’s Key Executive for Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley. She has been elected to the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council effective May 2014. Barra will also serve as Vice Chair of the Kennedy Center’s Corporate Fund Board beginning March 1, 2014.
In 2014, Fortune magazine named Barra to the top position in its list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.” In 2013, Forbes magazine named her one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.”