Leith Buick GMC would like to congratulate Mary Barra on becoming the new CEO of General Motors. GM announced yesterday that its board of directors had voted to elect Barra as Dan Akerson’s successor.
Barra has thirty-three years of experience within the company, having served in engineering, human resources, and management positions before her most recent post as Executive Vice President of Global Product Development. She is well-known within the company for her proven leadership, especially during the recent turnaround. When she takes the reins, Barra will be the first woman CEO of any major automaker in the world.
Her ascent comes in the wake of current CEO Dan Akerson announcing his plans for an accelerated retirement after his wife was diagnosed with cancer. Akerson became CEO in September of 2010 and oversaw GM’s initial public offering in November of the same year. He guided the company through fifteen quarters of consecutive financial growth, reinvesting $9 billion and creating more than 25,000 jobs in the United States. He will step down next month.
In a statement, Barra said, “With an amazing portfolio of cars and trucks and the strongest financial performance in our recent history, this is an exciting time at today’s GM. I’m honored to lead the best team in the business and to keep our momentum at full speed.”
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