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.