Every year, Motor Trend counts down the 50 most influential people in the automotive business with their Power List. This year saw General Motor’s former product head, Mary Barra, climb from the No. 15 position to No. 3 following her promotion to CEO on January 15.
Former CEO Dan Akerson named Barra his successor back in December after he stepped down for personal reasons. Barra first started with GM when she was 19, and now has a solid 33 years of service under her belt. Motor Trend says due to Barra’s engineering background and MBA in business, she “has the street credibility to handle both the car guys and the bean counters.”
Other appearances from GM employees on the list include Mark Reuss, who was recently promoted to executive vice president of global product development, purchasing and supply chain and vice president of global design, Ed Welburn. Additionally, the man behind the 2014 Cadillac CTS, Cadillac chief engineer David Leone comes in at No. 20 with chief Corvette engineer Tadge Juechter edging in the list at No. 48.