The only automotive executive to be named to the list, Barra was praised for her handling of a tough 2014, which was also her first year under the roll of CEO at GM. 2014 saw the immense ignition-switch recall, and fallout from the delaying of said recall, but, the company she’s in charge of still pulled out a $1.1 billion net income.
2015 is poised to be an even better year for Barra, despite a slowing Chinese market. Under her leadership, GM will introduce essential new models for the Chevrolet and Cadillac brands, and continue to push Opel back into the black.
Barra has found a spot on the Most Powerful Women List since 2012, where she ranked 27th.