Mary Barra and Dan Akerson

Mary Barra Becomes the Most Powerful Woman in the Auto Industry - Ever

General Motors announced this morning that Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson will step down from his position atop the company on January 15th 2014 and when he does Mary Barra will take his place as the CEO of GM – making her the most powerful woman in the history of the automobile industry.

When Mary Barra takes over as the Chief Executive Officer of General Motors on January 15th 2014, the world will meet the first ever female CEO of a major automaker and as she steps into Akerson’s position of CEO, everyone else at the massive automaker will answer to Barra. This will make Barra the most powerful woman in the history of the auto industry and realistically, as the head of one of the largest automakers in the world, Barra will be one of the most powerful people in the industry – male or female. I would go so far as to say that Barra will be the most powerful woman on Earth outside of the crooked world of politics. After all, Barra will be THE BOSS of one of the largest corporations in the world and that is something that few other women can say.


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This fall I was at an IMPA event at a race track in New York state. I put my helmet on a table and went back after I got my food at the buffet an all the other seats were filled with GM folks I had not met and a couple Toyota guys I knew. One of the GM guys I was introduced to was Mark Reuss, President GM North America. He had come out to listen first hand to feedback on the Corvette Stingray. Yes, GM had a Stingray for use by writers on the track. He was a nice guy and offered me his card. We talked (off the record and kiddingly) about the Cadillac ATS-V. Only later did I Google and Wiki him and learn how amazing he was and his lineage (Dad worked at GM). Best of luck to Mary Barra. Hope to see her at future events mingling with enthusiasts and auto writers. As the current CEO of GM pointed out none of the top people at any "domestic" automakers are "Car guys" and none have been for a long time. Something to think about.