GM CEO Mary Barra was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame on July 20th, 2023 for being the first woman CEO in the auto industry as well as being “one of today’s most inspirational leaders” according to the Hall’s commentary on the induction.
Mary Barra was announced as a 2023 Automotive Hall of Fame Inductee on February 10th last year, and was officially inducted at the late July 2023 ceremony carried out as a black tie event at the Fillmore Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
Mary Barra, who took the helm at The General in January 2014, is hailed by the Automotive Hall of Fame for significant contributions in several areas. The Hall says she “envisions a world with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.”
This description refers to her electrification plans calling for GM to introduce 30 new electric vehicles worldwide by 2025. It also underlines expansion of the automaker’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary Cruise, which recently partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD.
“Improving the customer experience and strengthening GM’s core vehicle and services business” is another highlight from the tenure of Mary Barra as GM CEO, the Hall says. She is also the first female auto OEM CEO and has worked for equal pay and gender equity.
Five other auto industry personalities are being inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame alongside Mary Barra. These include entrepreneur Fred Bauer, who founded the company that developed the electrochromic auto-dimming rearview mirror, Gentex, and Argentinian race car driver Juan Manuel Fangio, a five-time World Championship of Drivers winner.
The other three inductees for this year’s ceremony are Honda Motor Co. co-founder Takeo Fujisawa, Ford automotive designer McKinley Thompson, and designer of Mattel diecast cars Larry R. Wood, known by the sobriquet of “Mr. Hot Wheels.”
The venue for the induction ceremony is The Fillmore Detroit, a theater originally built in Renaissance Revival style in 1925. The Automotive Hall of Fame event starts with an invitation-only “VIP meet and greet,” followed by a general reception, a three-course dinner, the induction and awards ceremony itself when Mary Barra and other inductees will be honored, and a two-hour “afterglow.”
Automotive Hall of Fame president Sarah Cook described Mary Barra and her fellow inductees as “trailblazing innovators and leaders who have left an impact globally on the automotive industry” during the initial announcement of the awards.