General Motors CEO Mary Barra has been inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.
Barra, along with five other notable people in the automotive landscape, will be recognized for their induction into the Class of 2023 Automotive Hall of Fame on July 20th, 2023 in Detroit. Barra is commended for becoming the first woman CEO in the automotive industry, guiding GM through the ignition switch recall, and establishing gender equity and equal pay within the Detroit-based automaker.
“This year’s class of inductees continues to recognize the breadth of contributions to this industry,” Hall of Fame president Sarah Cook was quoted as saying. “This group includes trailblazing innovators and leaders who have left an impact globally on the automotive industry and we couldn’t be more pleased to recognize their achievements and welcome them into the Hall of Fame.”
It’s worth noting that additional inductees will be announced in Spring 2023.
As a reminder, Barra was named to Forbes’ most powerful women of 2022 list, ranking fourth overall. Initially joining General Motors at the age of 18 as a co-op student at the General Motors Institute (now known as Kettering University), Barra has held a variety of different positions in the company, 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.
Following the announcement of Daniel Akerson’s retirement as GM CEO in late 2013, Barra took up the mantle in January 2014 as the first woman CEO to lead a major automaker. In fact, she remains the only woman with this distinction. Elected chairman of the board in 2016, Barra and now strives to transform GM into an all-electric automaker, with a noted goal of offering 30 EVs worldwide by 2025.