Mary Barra, the first female CEO in General Motors . leading an outstanding team. Passionate about customers. Supporter of STEM education.responsible for leading the Board of Directors, establishing General Motor's strategic direction and managing the company’s daytoday global operations, including vehicle sales in more than 125 countries.Driving General Motors to become the global industry leader in automotive technology and design, product quality and safety, customer experience and business results.Leading the company towards a future of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.
Mary Barra, the CEO and chairperson of General Motors, takes those claims very seriously."I think it's hugeAn environment where customers feel they're going to be respected, they're going to be listened to–that's going to guide how vehicles are presented or how we talk about the vehicles."
It's been a big week for Barra. She just unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt EV, a fully electric car. This is major, because GM is the first big auto company to introduce a car that doesn't require gas and is actually affordable. It'll cost around $30,000 after government incentives when it's available later this year.
A lot has changed since Barra's last time in the spotlight in the summer of 2014 when, a few months into the CEO job, she had to testify in front of Congress about GM's failure to recall cars known to have a faulty ignition switches which led to injuries and death. She was also forced to negotiate with GM investors who presented her with a list of demands.
"After going through an experience like that, I've become more determined than ever and I want to move fast," Barra said. "Time is not our friend."And she's not kidding. Barra is the first female CEO of a major auto company and before taking the top job, she spent three decades in the company in roles like engineer, plant manager, vice president of global human resources and, eventually, as executive vice president of product design. So, to say she was prepared for the corner office is an understatement, and her foot has been on the gas peddle since day one.
When Mary Barra took the wheel at General Motors in January she inherited a company in good shape. Five years after bankruptcy, its profits were beyond expectations and its share price was rising. But the new boss"s todo list was long: fixing GM"s lossmaking European arm, keeping up momentum in China amid signs of a slowdown and giving new life to the product line.