General Motors CEO Mary Barra has been named chair of the Business Roundtable, a non-profit lobbyist association composed of chief executive officers from a selection of major U.S. companies.
Per a recent report from Reuters, Mary Barra is the first woman to lead the group. Founded in 1972, Business Roundtable members include Doug McMillon of Walmart, Tim Cook of Apple, Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Chuck Robbins of Cisco. Collectively, Business Roundtable members lead companies pulling in more than $9 trillion in annual revenue, with 20 million employees.
Mary Barra first joined the Business Roundtable in 2017, and succeeds Doug McMillon as chair. McMillon was named chair of the Business Roundtable in January of 2020. Barra will serve as chair of the group for a two-year term.
“I look forward to continuing to help advance policies that offer greater economic growth and opportunity for all Americans,” Mary Barra said in a statement.
The Business Roundtable has taken a position on a number of issues, such as support for the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, as well as reform measures in policing and immigration.
Mary Barra took over as General Motors CEO in January of 2014, succeeding Daniel Akerson. Barra’s career at GM started in 1980 at the age of 18 checking fenders and hoods as a co-op student. She has held multiple positions at General Motors since, serving in both administrative and engineering roles, such as management at of the GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly facility, vice president of Global Manufacturing Engineering, vice president of Global Human Resources, and executive vice president of Global Product Development.
Barra earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electric engineering from the General Motors Institute, now known as Kettering University, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business through a GM fellowship. Barra is the first woman to run a global automaker.