General Motors CEO Mary Barra went on NBC’s Today Show yesterday to discuss her company’s very public recall debacle. Speaking with Matt Lauer, Barra was asked a number of questions relating to the fallout of the recall.
Barra was adamant in saying there wasn’t a cover-up within the company when it came to the faulty ignition switches. Instead, she placed the blame on “silos of information” that left employees with only fragments of the entire picture, a practice that she called “simply unacceptable.”
On the matter of the 15 employees who were fired as a result of these recalls, Barra told Lauer that it was “up to the courts” to decide if there was a criminal aspect to their actions.
While much of the focus was on General Motors and Mary Barra, Matt Lauer stirred up his own controversy when he asked Barra if she could be both a mother and CEO of a major corporation.
Whether General Motors has learned from its mistakes remains to be seen, but Barra certainly gives the impression she’s not taking things lightly.