Mary Barra, executive vice president of global product development of GM, will become CEO in January, the company announced. She will be the first female CEO in the company’s history.
Barra, 51, will replace Dan Akerson, who moved up his retirement after his wife’s cancer diagnosis. She joined GM as a co-op student when she was 18 and is currently #35 on Forbes’ Power Women list.
“I’m honored to lead the best team in the business and to keep our momentum at full speed,” Barra said in a statement.
Without naming names, Akerson hinted at the historic change in leadership in September when he noted that dudes wouldn’t always be the ones in charge of the country’s biggest automakers. “Someday, there will be a Detroit Three that’s run by a car gal,” he said.
Mary Barra Will Become the First Female CEO of GM – Cosmopolitan.