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Old 11th December 2013, 22:02   #16
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I think of her as the CEO. Period.
In a meeting with GM employees, the out going CEO Mr. Dan Akerson called Ms.Barra a "car gal," playing on the "car guy" term used heavily in the industry to describe male executives who know vehicles well.
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In a meeting with GM employees, the out going CEO Mr. Dan Akerson called Ms.Barra a "car gal," playing on the "car guy" term used heavily in the industry to describe male executives who know vehicles well.
No, nothing to do specifically with executives. Applies to all guys who like cars, are into cars, etc. Very generic term. Google "definition of car guy" and you will see what I mean

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Mary is different on two levels. She's a woman and she's also an Engineer !!

Big3 have always been run by finance guys. I'm not sure if there was ever a engineer at the top. Its companies like Honda that are known to promote engineers to the top

As for bring a car gal, I'm not sure about that. She was running HR couple of years ago.

@Shankar, no question..both are very good but Mary's achievements are on another different level. Just pointing out the differences

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Mallika Srinivasan is already the CEO of TAFE (Tractor and Farm Equipments) the number 2 company in India manufacturing tractors. TAFE has a market share of approx. 28% following M&M's market share of 41% in India.

Earlier TAFE manufactured tractors borrowed from Massey Fergusson. Massey invented the 3 point hitch system for attaching Agricultural equipments to the tractor.
Yes. How could I forget Mrs. Srinivasan.
For Tafe(Massey) major market is Rajasthan where the fondly pronounced as 'Fargusan'
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Big3 have always been run by finance guys. I'm not sure if there was ever a engineer at the top. Its companies like Honda that are known to promote engineers to the top
Even today's GM CEO Dan Akerson is a graduate from naval acadamy and has a Bsc in science and a Msc in Economics.

Look at Ford's CEO: Alan Mulally. He is an aviation & aeronautical engineer by formal training and was previously CEO for Boeing.

Obviously, CEO's need to have a lot of financial knowledge and insight.

Look at the various current and previous CEO's for the 3Big one and you will find a pretty diverse background though. A lot of them will be able to trace their roots back to engineering and or hard core Beta science education. Some will have some stint of financial role and or education. Nearly always complimented with some sort of MBA or post graduate in Economics/business.

I might be wrong but, I don't think there are that many financial people that make it to become CEO. Certainly not in big corporations. The trend there is to have peopel with a very broad and diverse background. Exception might be financial institutes such as banks, insurance companies etc.

By and large financial peopel tend to stick to financially related jobs. Its very much a very specific vertical domain. You rise through the ranks up to CFO, but very few CFO's make it to CEO. There are of course exceptions, the company I work for being one of them!
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I might be wrong but, I don't think there are that many financial people that make it to become CEO. Certainly not in big corporations. The trend there is to have peopel with a very broad and diverse background.
I'm talking about the big 3/automotive specifically. Leaving out 1 or 2 exceptions, majority are are non-engineers. GM has a history of promoting finance guys to the top
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I'm talking about the big 3/automotive specifically. Leaving out 1 or 2 exceptions, majority are are non-engineers. GM has a history of promoting finance guys to the top
No they don't, I think you are wrong, check out their profiles, go on link-in and see what their formal training and education is like

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General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Chairman Tim Solso and head of international operations Stefan Jacoby will be attending the Annual Convention of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), where they will interact with members of the domestic auto industry. The trio will also meet the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

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Mary Barra, the CEO of American auto major, General Motors (GM) visited India from September 9-11. During this period, accompanied by Tim Solso - non-executive Chairman of GM, Stefan Jacoby - executive Vice President and President of GM International, Chuck Stevens - GM executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Arvind Saxena - GM India President and Managing Director, she visited GM facilities and met the company's employees, suppliers and government leaders. She also participated in the celebration of the production of the first GM India vehicle for export.

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Being an owner of Chevy Beat Vehicle, I was worried if Chevy will wind up shop in India due to dismal sales performance, thus impacting my car value and spares availability. It looks like this move will keep Chevy invested in India, even with low volumes, they will still be around like Fiat.
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General Motors India has announced that it has commenced the export of vehicles to Chile. The first batch of cars consisted of 140 left-hand drive units of the Chevrolet Beat hatchback, which were shipped from Mumbai on September 25, 2014. The cars are expected to reach Chile in the next few weeks.

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