Who: Mary Barra
What: Elected as Chairman of General Motors Board of Directors
When: 4 January 2016
Mary Barra was on 4 January 2016 elected as Chairman of General Motors (GM) Board of Directors with immediate effect. Barra succeeds Theodore Solso, who will continue serving as the Lead Independent Director of the Board.
Earlier, Barra was serving as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GM since January 2014.
About Mary Barra
• Barra began her career with GM in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) Co-Op Student at the Pontiac Motor Division.
• Barra served the company in various capacities including GM Vice President of Global Human Resources; Vice President, Global Manufacturing Engineering; Plant Manager, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly and Executive Director of Competitive Operations Engineering.
• In August 2013, Barra was named as Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain.