GM Names First Female CEO
Mary Barra has been at company since she was a co-op student in 1980
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 10, 2013 8:49 AM CST
Mary Barra, General Motors Senior Vice President, Global Product Development, introduces the 2013 Buick Encore at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Jan. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Newser) – In something of a surprise move, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson will announce his resignation today, and name Mary Barra as his successor, making her the first woman to pilot the auto giant, according to multiple reports. Barra started at GM as an engineering co-op student way back in 1980, and has since risen to product development chief, according to the AP. Bloomberg adds that she started out at the same Pontiac plant her father worked at for 39 years.

Barra got the job heading up vehicle development in early 2011, less than six months into Akerson's tenure, and oversaw, among other vehicles, the Chevy Impala, the first US sedan to take top Consumer Reports honors in 20 years, and the Cadillac CTS, Motor Trend's car of the year. The move comes immediately after the Treasury sold its remaining shares in the automaker, and Businessweek thinks that, coupled with Akerson's departure, signals the end of an era. Akerson and Uncle Sam took GM from the brink of annihilation to 15 straight profitable quarters.

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Dec 18, 2013 11:13 PM CST
Wanna win big in the automobile industry? Built a vehicle that runs on affordable gas that is easy to get and wont pollute the air, its time to change the system!!
Dec 12, 2013 6:28 AM CST
Call me when there are first female sanitation worker.
Dec 10, 2013 8:33 PM CST
Good for her. Personally I don't care if she stands or squats or if she is red, white or blue. The ONLY question is; Can she do the job? What America needs is QUALITY vehicles at a competitive price and now that we have FINALLY kicked the blood sucking UAW out of most operations maybe the robots can produce a decent vehicle. And if GM REALLY believes they have a good product do what Japan and Korea have done - increase the warranty to 5/60,000 or longer... Then the young American buyers MAY come back.