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Old 11th December 2013, 00:19   #1
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General Motors’ Mary Barra will become the automotive industry’s first female chief executive officer when she succeeds current GM boss Dan Akerson next month.
His successor Barra, 51, is GM’s current product development chief, a role she has held for just under two years. She has 33 years of experience at GM, having started as an intern on the factory floor.
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This is a great news, It reflects two major points:

A) An intern reaching such heights in 33 years of her career with the same company. This shows the commitment and dedication she must have had towards her organization.
B) Females are equally competent provided they are given ample opportunities.

In india, we have seen a lot of females who have reached top positions but most of them are in the banking and financial services. I wish we could also see a female heading an automotive firm in India, which is mainly perceived as male dominated area.
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General Motors’ Mary Barra will become the automotive industry’s first female chief executive officer...
When I read the news, I for first assumed she must be the first female CEO for GM only! We mostly talk about the scenario in India that its a male dominant country and typically the case with auto industry. I was bit surprised to know that no female ever ruled any (read major) of auto companies across the glob. Not fair.
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This is a great news, It reflects two major points:

A) An intern reaching such heights in 33 years of her career with the same company. This shows the commitment and dedication she must have had towards her organization.
B) Females are equally competent provided they are given ample opportunities.

In india, we have seen a lot of females who have reached top positions but most of them are in the banking and financial services. I wish we could also see a female heading an automotive firm in India, which is mainly perceived as male dominated area.
Additionally, a female leader, especially in the Auto Industry, and with a history in product development, will bring in more emotions into the product, a very important aspect when designing and developing cars. GM India is in serious need of aspirational products. It is an early entrant into the Indian market, however, seems to have lagged behind the comparatively new players like Renault and VW. I just wish the new CEO focuses on the Indian market and GM India comes with brilliant products which will excite Indian customers.
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What about Sulajja Firodia?
Last I heard She was MD of Kinetic Eng. Limited.
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What about Sulajja Firodia?
Last I heard She was MD of Kinetic Eng. Limited.
Yes that is true.

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We also have Monisha Kaltenborn, the Indian-Austrian who is the CEO of the Sauber F1 team. She has been the team's CEO from January 2010.

And Claire Williams, daughter of Sir Frank Williams who is the deputy team principal of the Williams F1 team.
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What about Sulajja Firodia?
Last I heard She was MD of Kinetic Eng. Limited.
Yes, you are correct. Can we say that an Indian women is the first women to head an automobile industry. Will this be a correct statement?
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From GM's news:

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General Motors today announced that Dan Akerson, who guided today’s GM to record profits and dramatic improvement in vehicle quality while closing the chapter on government ownership in the company, will step down as chairman and CEO on Jan. 15, 2014.

Mary Barra, 51, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, was elected by the Board of Directors to become the next CEO of the company. Barra will also join the GM Board.

Akerson, 65, pulled ahead his succession plan by several months after his wife was recently diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer.

“I will leave with great satisfaction in what we have accomplished, great optimism over what is ahead and great pride that we are restoring General Motors as America’s standard bearer in the global auto industry,” Akerson said in a message to employees.

With 33 years of experience at GM, Barra has risen through a series of manufacturing, engineering, and senior staff positions. She is a leader in the company’s ongoing turnaround, revitalizing GM’s product development process resulting in the launch of critically acclaimed new products while delivering record product quality ratings and higher customer satisfaction.

“With an amazing portfolio of cars and trucks and the strongest financial performance in our recent history, this is an exciting time at today’s GM,” said Barra. “I’m honored to lead the best team in the business and to keep our momentum at full speed.”
Amazing to see how she climbed up the ladder after joining the organisation. She joined GM when she was 18 years old!

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Barra began her career with GM in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.
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We refer to her as "First Female CEO...." , much of the world media (outside India) refers to her as "First Woman CEO...".

Interesting !
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We refer to her as "First Female CEO...." , much of the world media (outside India) refers to her as "First Woman CEO...". Interesting !
Can we not say 'Lady CEO'? Is it not so much more polite than the other alternatives? Are we really such a bunch of MCP's here do you think?
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What about Sulajja Firodia?
Last I heard She was MD of Kinetic Eng. Limited.
Sullaja was there for only a brief period before they sold KEL to Mahindra.

There is also Mallika Srinivasan, CEO of TAFE Tractors, (also wife of TVS CEO Venu Srinivasan)

I have heard from supplier circles that she's a nop notch manager and has been running the show for around for 2 decades plus

http://www.in.com/mallika-srinivasan...ertMoreCount=4

But both Sulajja and Mallika are heiresses and inherited their positions in their family businesses....a practice that is common in large Indian companies.

Mary Barra on the other hand worked her way to the top of GM (which is not a family held company)

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But both Sulajja and Mallika are heiresses and inherited their positions in their family businesses....a practice that is common in large Indian companies. Mary Barra on the other hand worked her way to the top of GM (which is not a family held company)
Yes, they are heiresses. Yes, they are the 'inheritors'. However, it is also fair to state that quite clearly and literally they have also 'earned' their positions in their groups and are really very capable as well, as with many other examples from Family Owned Business Groups.
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I wish we could also see a female heading an automotive firm in India, which is mainly perceived as male dominated area.
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.

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Can we not say 'Lady CEO'? Is it not so much more polite than the other alternatives? Are we really such a bunch of MCP's here do you think?
I think of her as the CEO. Period.

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