Barra Shuts Down NHTSA Rumors: “150% Committed to General Motors”
Rumors seem to abound about the future of General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, whether it be her name appearing on a shortlist of potential running mates for Hillary Clinton, her appointment to the current administration’s Strategic and Policy Forum, or recent rumblings about becoming the next administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But for as much talk as there is with regards to her future, Barra seems firm in her stance that it will be with General Motors.
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Barra on Friday told Morgan Stanley Analyst Adam Jones that she is “150% committed to General Motors” when asked about future career aspirations outside of the company. Barra has been with General Motors for nearly four decades, and while her role as the first female CEO of a major Detroit automaker has served to increase her profile and influence, she seems contented with what the future holds under the GM umbrella.
“In my 37-year career (at General Motors), this is an incredibly exciting time because not only do I believe we are putting the best vehicles on the road that we have in my career here, but when I look at the opportunities we have here with autonomous, with electric, with connectivity, I am very passionate about it,” said Barra.
“And so I am 150% dedicated to this company and continuing to demonstrate that at General Motors we can be the industry leader in transforming transportation and also being very responsive to the environment,” she added. “So that is where my focus is and will continue to be going forward.”
Barra was the highest paid CEO in the automotive industry in 2016; her total compensation for the year was approximately $22.5 million.
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News Source: Detroit Free Press