Mary Barra is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors. She leads the company’s overall efforts to strengthen GM globally as an industry leader in automotive design and technology, product quality, customer care and business results. She is also a member of the GM Board of Directors.
Prior to her current position, Barra served as executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain since August 2013, and as senior vice president, Global Product Development since February 2011. In these roles, she was responsible for the design, engineering, program management and quality of GM vehicles around the world. She was also a member of the GM Executive Operations Committee and the Adam Opel AG Supervisory Board.
Previously, Barra served as GM vice president, Global Human Resources; vice president, Global Manufacturing Engineering; plant manager, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly; executive director of Competitive Operations Engineering; and in several engineering and staff positions.
In 1990, Barra graduated with a master of business administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business after receiving a GM fellowship in 1988.
Barra began her career with GM in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.
Barra serves on the General Dynamics and Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Board of Directors. She is a member of the Kettering University Board of Trustees and is GM’s Key Executive for Stanford University and University of California-Berkeley. She has been elected to the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council beginning May 2014.
In 2012, Barra and her husband, Tony, chaired the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute’s 30th annual dinner, which raised nearly $1.7 million for cancer research.
In 2013, Fortune magazine named Barra one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business”; Forbes magazine named her one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.”