Automotive News Names GM CEO Mary Barra Its Industry Leader of the Year
During the past few weeks, General Motors CEO Mary Barra has had to make quite a few tough decisions regarding the automaker’s future moving forward. Her leadership during this time is evidently being recognized.
Automotive News recently named Barra its Industry Leader of the Year.
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Barra was named a 2018 Industry All-Star by the automotive publication. This marks the fourth time in five years that she has earned that title from Automotive News. It’s also the second time during that time period where she was named Industry Leader of the Year.
Several other members of GM’s upper echelon received awards of their own. Kurt McNeil, the U.S. Vice President of Sales, earned the Top Sales Executive spot. Joe Jacuzzi, the GM Executive Director of Brand Communications, walked away with a PR award. Finally, Dan Nicholson, the VP of Global Propulsion Systems, received an engineering award from Automotive News.
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During the past few years, Barra has worked as GM’s CEO to restructure the automaker by exiting unprofitable markets and cutting unprofitable vehicles. She’s also pushed for increased electrification and automation in the GM vehicle lineup, overseeing the introduction of new models like the Chevrolet Bolt and the foundation of the Cruise Automation initiative.
Barra has also had a continual presence in Washington. There, she has advocated for a federal fuel economy standard and legislation surrounding self-driving cars.
While the elimination of certain sedan models and jobs may not be the most popular action, Barra believes it is one that is essential for GM’s future moving forward. Consistent recognition in regards to her leadership suggests that her intuition has served her well in the past.
News Source: GM Authority
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