About GM: Mary T. Barra

Board of Directors

Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company

Joined Board 01/15/14

Mary Barra was named Chief Executive Officer of General Motors effective Jan. 15, 2014. Under her leadership, GM is driving to become the global industry leader in automotive design and technology, product quality and safety, customer care and business results. Barra 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.

Previously, Barra was GM vice president, Global Human Resources; vice president, Global Manufacturing Engineering; plant manager, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly; executive director of Competitive Operations Engineering; and held 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 GM career 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 in 1985.

Barra is a member of the General Dynamics Board of Directors. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Economic Club and as a member of The Business Council. She is also a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees (effective Sept. 1, 2015), the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees of the Detroit Country Day School.

In 2014, Barra and her husband, Tony, chaired the Detroit International Wine Auction, raising a record $2.4 million for scholarships and community arts programs through the College for Creative Studies. In 2012, they chaired the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute’s 30th annual dinner, which raised nearly $1.7 million for cancer research.

In 2014, Barra was named to the Time 100; Forbes magazine named her one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” and Fortune magazine placed her second on its list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.”

Mary T. Barra