After a great comeback from the economic downturn, Dan Akerson announced his retirement from the CEO position as of January 15th. He will be succeeded by Mary Barra who is currently GM’s head of global product development. Barra will be the first woman ever to be named CEO of a major U.S automaker.
Barra has big plans when it comes to the future of the company and Akerson says that a woman in the CEO position will be good for the company as a whole. With increased company diversity comes fresh new ideas.
Mary Barra is from Michigan and is the daughter of a GM tool-and-die maker. People who know her personally, say that she is very down to earth and remains true to her Michigan roots. She has been a part of the GM family since 1980.
As a Chevrolet and Buick dealership in Michigan, we are excited that GM’s new CEO comes from our state! We look forward to everything she plans on bringing to the table. To learn more about Mary Barra and her journey to the top, check out USA today or Car and Driver.