General Motors May Get First Female CEO

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer
General Motors Senior Vice President Global Product Development Mary Barra with a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze at GM World Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan Thursday, September 2, 2010. (Photo by John F. Martin for General Motors)

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]

Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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