General Motors CEO Mary Barra is set to make her largest public appearance since appearing before Congress following the company’s controversial ignition switch crisis next month in New York. Barra will participate in a panel session at an annual meeting for the Clinton Global Initiative, a group formed by former U.S. president Bill Clinton aimed at gathering high-profile figures and discussing global challenges.
The panel session will be hosted by Chelsea Clinton will discuss “the long-term prosperity of businesses and societies around the world. Governments, civil society, and businesses need to redefine value to address not just the economic but the social and environmental challenges of the 21st century,” according to The Detroit News. Barra will be joined on the panel Jack Ma, executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company and Peter Agnefjäll, president and CEO of IKEA Group.
Barra’s first year as CEO of one of the world’s largest automakers has been plagued with backlash as a result of the company’s delayed recall of 2.5 million cars. The company has recalled 29 million vehicles in North America alone and faces a fine of $35 million from the NHTSA. Barra has also had to testify before Congress four times and fired 15 employees, many of them members of the legal team, as a result of the controversy.