5. Mary Barra Will Become GM’s CEO
The folks at GM made an earth-shattering announcement late this year; they will soon become the world’s first automaker with a woman at the helm. Mary Barra, a 30-year veteran at the company will take over for current CEO Dan Akerson. The change is expected to take place on January 15, 2014, following the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Today, Barra is in charge of product development and quality, but soon enough she’ll be in the driver’s seat and that’s big news. Naturally other executives have been juggled around at GM as well. Big names like Dan Ammann, Steve Girsky and Mark Reuss are being shuffled to different positions now that Barra’s been promoted.