Each year, Motor Trend names the 50 automotive industry executives, influencers, designers, engineers and anyone who touches the industry itself to its Power List. This year, General Motors CEO Mary Barra came out on top.
Barra claimed the top spot, jumping from 11th place on last year’s Power List. The reasons are simple: Barra has talked the talk and walked the walk. She’s rolled out boatloads of traditional product and bolstered each brand’s crossover offerings as the market can’t get enough. Meanwhile, she’s shed underperforming divisions and sculpted a leaner GM in the process.
Not to mention, she’s invested heavily in self-driving cars and mobility through Cruise Automation and Maven. Oh, and there are 20 new electric cars coming by 2023. And they’ll supposedly be profitable, too. Those are just the highlights that led Barra to the top.
Other GM execs made appearances as well. Notably, Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen slipped from ninth place to 50th. 2017 wasn’t Cadillac’s defining moment, but 2018 could be the year de Nysschen has hyped up thus far as the first all-new Cadillac prepares for a debut. That is the XT4 crossover.