The CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra created history by breaking the glass ceiling when she took up her post at the Detroit based car manufacturer in January 2014. Now, the company has confirmed that Barra will be taking on the additional post of the chairman of the board of directors. Just like when she took up the CEO post, she will be the first woman to hold this position. Her appointment was effective from Monday and the former chairman of the board of directors, Theodore (Tim) Solso will continue to be a member of the board of directors as the lead independent director.
Commenting on her new position, Barra said that she will continue to focus on increasing shareholder value by transforming personal mobility and improving the company’s core business.
It has not been all smooth sailing for Barra. Immediately after taking up the CEO post, she had to face the challenge of handling the ignition switch hearing, which even led to a congressional hearing and the threat of a merger approach from rival company, FCA.
However, she has been able to steer the company successfully through tough times and develop a strong leadership team with the company attaining both technological and financial success under her leadership. Fortune put her at the top of its list of most powerful women.
Paying tribute to her leadership, the outgoing chairman, Tim Solso said, “”At a time of unprecedented industry change, the board concluded it is in the best interests of the company to combine the roles of chair and CEO in order to drive the most efficient execution of our plan and vision for the future. With GM consistently delivering on its targets and on track to generate significant value for its shareholders, this is the right time for Mary to assume this role.”
Barra is a longstanding GM veteran, starting out with the company in 1980 at the Pontiac Motor pision as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) co-op student. She then progressed to increasingly senior roles like director of Competitive Operations Engineering, senior vice president, Global Product Development and executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain before becoming the most powerful woman in the automotive industry by taking up the CEO post.
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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