Mary Teresa Barra Success Strory
Mary Teresa Barra is the Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Company, and the first female CEO of a major global automaker. Appointed to this prestigious position on January 15, 2014, Barra was earlier the Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain at the Company. She has been showcased on the Times cover, "100 Most Influential People in the World."
Born as Mary Teresa Makela, Barra comes from humble roots. Her parents were of Finnish descent, and her father was a die maker. Barra has a BSc degree, and has studied electrical engineering from the General Motors Institute. A hard-working student, she was awarded a GM Fellowship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Barra has also done her Masters in Business Administration.
Barra’s illustrious career started with General Motors when she was just 18 years old. It is purely on merit and resilience that she charted her way up the ladder. Barra has worked in several capacities in the Company, and has also been a manager at the Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly plant.
Barra moved from success to success; as Vice President, Global Manufacturing Engineering to Vice President, Global Human Resources within a year, and then as Executive Vice President, Global Product Development. Finally, Barra took over as CEO, General Motors, in the year 2014.
Mary married Tony Barra, whom she had met as a student at Kettering University. He is a consultant, and the couple is blessed with two children. They reside at Northville, Detroit. Her favourite cars are the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird.
Barra has featured in Forbes list of the World's Most Powerful Women consecutively for three years. Fortune has endorsed her as the Number One in its Most Powerful Women list for 2015. Her Spring Commencement address for University of Michigan was very well received. She was given an honorary degree.