By now, people who try to stay semi-informed about happenings in the news have heard about the new CEO selected to run General Motors. HER name (yep – first woman to ever head up a U.S. auto company) is Mary Barra – a 33-year employee who started with GM when she was 18, and has literally worked her way to the top.
She definitely has the creds AND the experience for her new job. But what I’m most impressed with is…… the gal has TASTE!
From the Raleigh N&O:
When Barra starts her new job Jan. 15, she will lead a company that's made nearly $20 billion since emerging from bankruptcy in 2010, much of it from the cars and trucks she helped develop.
The 51-year-old executive has been in charge of design, engineering and quality for all GM vehicles and has shepherded most of the company's recent new vehicle introductions. Under her command, GM rolled out brawny new full-size pickup trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, and the Chevrolet Impala full-size car, which earned the highest score for a sedan in testing by Consumer Reports magazine.
She also led development of the new Chevy Corvette and several Cadillac models. Her POV is a Cadillac….
NOT A SINGLE MENTION OF THE CHEVY VOLT!
Apparently Ms. Barra likes muscle and luxury cars, and apparently there is still a market for both.
I find her rise to the very top of General Motors beyond interesting, especially since the government just sold the taxpayers’ stock in the company for a $10 BILLION dollar loss. Somehow I don’t see a Chairman Obama selecting this lady!
YOU GO GIRL!
On a personal note - just a darn shame that the Vette has so little trunk space!