GM CEO Mary Barra was near the top in a recent list of 2022’s most powerful women.
The list, as compiled by Forbes, is intended to highlight “innovators and instigators who are leading on the world stage to redefine traditional power structures and forge lasting impact in every sphere of influence.” At the top of the list is European Commission President Ursula von Der Leyen, followed by European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde in the number-two spot, and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris in third.
GM CEO Mary Barra was ranked fourth on the list, with Forbes highlighting GM’s pledge to transition to an all-electric portfolio by 2035, as well as the automaker’s ambitions to capture more EV market share than Tesla by 2025.
Barra joined GM at the age of 18, holding a variety of different positions at the company in the years and decades to follow, including management at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly facility (now known as GM Factory Zero), vice president of Global Manufacturing Engineering, vice president of Global Human Resources, and executive vice president of Global Product Development.
Barra assumed the role of GM CEO in January 2014, following Daniel Akerson. Barra is the first woman, and remains the only woman, to lead a major automaker. Barra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the General Motors Institute and a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business through a GM fellowship.
According to Forbes, GM has consistently scored high in gender equity reports under Barra’s leadership, with the publication noting that GM was one of only two global businesses with no gender pay gap.
Notably, Barra also ranked fourth on Fortune’s list of the most powerful women for 2022. The Fortune list also includes president and CEO of CVS Health, Karen Lynch, chair and CEO of Accenture, Julie Sweet, and CEO of Citigroup, Jane Fraser.