Mary Barra

Chief Executive Officer of General Motors

Mary Teresa Barra (née Makela; born December 24, 1961) is an American businesswoman who has been the chair and chief executive officer (CEO) of General Motors since January 15, 2014. She is the first female CEO of a 'Big Three' automaker. In December 2013, GM named her to succeed Daniel Akerson as CEO. Prior to being named CEO, Barra was executive vice president of global product development, purchasing, and supply chain.

Barra in 2022


  • Barra said she serves at the pleasure of the Board of the Directors, but went on to describe the current situation of General Motors as “such an exciting time.” She remarked that the next few years will be the opportunity “to really execute this new strategy” with GM’s product line electrification and other initiatives, “so I’m energized.”
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