Barra, 51, is currently executive vice president of global product development and has worked at GM for three decades. She will be not only the automaker's first female CEO but the first woman to serve as the chief executive officer of any major auto company in the world.
The well-respected Barra was GM's first-ever woman “car czar,” responsible for the design, engineering, program management – and, critically, quality improvement efforts – for GM’s 11 worldwide brands. In a stinging rejoinder to her staff, Barra was once quoted as telling workers to improve the quality of GM's fleet. "No more crappy cars," she said at the time.
So much for the Cadillac Cimmaron
All I want to say on this is that when it comes to a car company CEO- we need car people. There is a laundry list of MBA/financial guru types that failed in this endeavor.
Not all men are car nuts. Not all CEO's of car companies are car nuts. I have a co-worker who is a car nut. He indicated that the "buzz" is about this person being interested in running a business that makes cars and not simply in running a business.