GM names first female CEO; an Industry breakthrough
LMG TV has always been at the forefront of the push for diversity in the automotive industry as well as in the marketplace. The recent announcement from GM that Mary Barra will become the new chief executive officer and the first female head of a major United States automaker provides reason to be hopeful that the industry is continuing to evolve as it embraces talent that comes wrapped in various genders, races and cultures.
“This is incredible news” said Tony C. Lesesne of the Lesesne Media Group Entertainment. “GM is way ahead of the curve by promoting a person with such an amazing portfolio and we should all be celebrating.” Lesesne said that “there needs to be more talented women in the auto industry. “Women comprise only 21 percent of the total workforce in the auto industry according to available financial data. That percentage is below the 27 percent that women hold in the broader manufacturing sector.
Barra has been with GM 33 years and since August she has served as executive vice president of global product development and global purchasing and supply chain. “She has covered lots of ground within GM” added Lesesne. “very few people in the industry can say that they have done what Mary Barra has done including having served as vice president of global HR. That role is important because companies build and grow on their talent and thus she must know talent having been in such a valuable position in HR within GM.”
Barra started with GM when she was 18 years old as part of the coop education program and has stayed with the company ever since.