Mary T. Barra
SAE Member for 3 years
Mary T. Barra became the Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Company on January 15, 2014. In this role, she is responsible for leading GM's efforts to strengthen the company as a global industry leader in automotive design and technology, produce quality, customer care and business results. She also serves as a member of GM's Board of Directors.
Barra began her career with GM in 1980 as a co-op student at General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), sponsored by the Pontiac Motor Division. During her years with the company, Barra has held numerous positions including serving as Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain from August 2013, and Senior Vice President, Global Product Development from February 2011. She also was a member of the Executive Operations Committee and served on the Adam Opel AG Supervisory Board. Barra is currently on the boards of General Dynamics, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Kettering University Board of Trustees. She also is GM's Key Executive for Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley and was recently elected to the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.
Barra and her husband, Tony, chaired the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute's 30th annual dinner in 2012, which raised nearly $1.7 million for cancer research. She is also an active supporter of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and was the SAE Foundation's 2013 recipient of the Industry Leadership Award. Barra was the first woman to receive this award in its 25 year history.