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Marry Barra – First Female CEO and Chairman of Global Automaker “General Motors”

Marry Barra - First Female CEO and Chairman of Global Automaker “General Motors”

Marry Barra was on 24 December 1961 in Royal Oak, Michigan. She graduated from the General Motors Institute which is now Kettering University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. After that she attended Stanford Graduate School of Business on a GM fellowship, receiving her Master’s in Business Administration degree in 1990.

At the age of 18, She started working for General Motors as a student in 1980 and subsequently heading a variety of engineering and administrative positions.

Through her hard work and dedication, she became Vice President of Global Manufacturing Engineering dept of General Motors in 2008. After that, she also promoted as a Vice President of Global Human Resources in 2009, which she held until February 2011. In August 2013, she was given additional responsibilities to head as a Vice President -Global Purchasing and Supply Chain

she became the first-ever female to lead a Global automobile manufacturer “ General Motors in January 2014.

During her first year as CEO in General Motors was forced to issue 84 safety recalls involving over 30 million cars. She was called before the Senate to testify about the recalls and deaths attributed to the faulty ignition switch. Marry Barra and General Motors also came under suspect of paying for awards to burnish the CEO and corporation’s image during that time.

Throughout her tenure as a CEO,  She has pushed GM as a company transitioning into the tech space pushing forward in the automated driverless car space with major acquisitions including Strobe; a startup focused on driverless technology. Also in 2017, she pushed GM to develop the Chevy Bolt EV, beating rival Tesla in developing the first electric car priced under $40K with a range of 200 miles.


Here are the list of Awards and Honors she was facilitated by:-

  • In August 2017, she was elected to the board of Disney as a 12th
  • She was also listed as one of the world’s most powerful women by Forbes in 2016 for the fifth time.
  • In 2018, she received an honorary Doctorate from Duke University.
  • In April 2014, She was featured on the cover of Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.
  • She was the first woman to run one of the “Big Three” automakers (GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler) in the US.




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