While most news surrounding CEOs and the automotive industry currently revolves around now-ex Ford CEO Mark Fields’ ousting, it’s an opposite picture at General Motors.
New data from Owler places GM CEO Mary Barra at number four and number five on the automotive industry’s most liked CEOs. Owler combs through thousands of data points and reviews from employees and site users to create its ranking. Barra placed fourth with regards to overseeing the Chevrolet brand and fifth with regards to GM as a whole.
Of the CEOs leading an actual automaker—the list also includes suppliers and other auto industry leaders—Barra ranks second, just behind Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson, who ranked first overall. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne ranks 11th and former Ford CEO Mark Fields ranks 12th.
Unsurprisingly, leaders from Volkswagen rounded out the bottom of the list.
Barra has been busy transforming GM from a global giant to a leaner—hopefully more profitable—automaker. She has sold off Opel and Vauxhall to PSA Groupe, marking an exit from Europe; she oversaw the decision to end manufacturing in Australia; her stamp of approval is on the decision to cease selling cars in India and exit from South Africa entirely.
They are potentially unpopular decisions now, but they could make for strong, future profits with a focus on North America, China and South America.