According to current GM CEO Dan Akerson, Mary Barra (pictured above), the global product development chief at GM may succeed him, and would become the first female CEO of General Motors.
Akerson was brought into the company as it was emerging from bankruptcy, and was charged with the difficult task of putting the numbers back in the black. Now that the forecast is looking less dismal at GM, it seems a new CEO may be looming. Another factor is surely that Dan Akerson is 63 years old, and may be considering retirement soon.
While there are quite a few females in the automotive industry, the top ranks have been historically male, but now GM is trying to change this. “Four of 12 of our directors are women, one of our women runs Europe and some of our biggest plants are run by women,” Akerson said.
[Source: Automotive News]