GM Senior Vice President, Global Product Development
About GM: Mary T. Barra
Mary Barra was named Senior Vice President, Global Product Development effective February 1, 2011, responsible for the design, engineering, program management and quality for General Motors’ vehicles around the world. She is a member of the Executive Operations Committee and serves on the Adam Opel AG Supervisory Board.
Prior to this appointment, Barra had most recently been Vice President, Global Human Resources.
She has also served as GM Vice President, Global Manufacturing Engineering; Plant Manager, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly; Executive Director of Competitive Operations Engineering; and has held several engineering and staff positions.
In 1990, Barra graduated with a Masters in Business Administration after receiving a GM fellowship in 1988 to the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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.
Currently, she serves on the General Dynamics and Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Board of Directors. Barra is also on the Kettering University Board of Trustees and is Key Executive for Stanford University and University of California-Berkeley.
Barra is married with two children and was born December 24, 1961.