Running a Detroit auto company won't be a good ol' boys club forever, at least according to the Chairman of General Motors, Dan Akerson. Speaking at the 2013 Michigan Automotive Summit this week, Akerson said that a female CEO was "inevitable," with some sources suggesting the comment may have been a reference to Mary Barra, GM's Senior Vice President of Global Product Development, one of the executives tipped to be in the running to succeed Akerson when he retires.

"You'll have more women in boardrooms and more women in senior management 10 years from now, at least I hope so," the Chairman said. Barra is leading that charge, as the highest-ranking woman at GM and Forbes Magazine's 35th most powerful woman on the planet, according to TheDetroitBureau.com.

As TDB points out, Barra is one of the few women that has not only broken the glass ceiling in the executive world, she has done so in a male-dominated field – engineering and product planning. Barra's assumption of the top job is far from guaranteed, though, as GM's Mark Reuss is said to have just as good a shot of assuming the CEO mantle when Akerson does retire. Either way, the fact that Barra is understood to be a top contender is a strong sign that the Detroit auto industry is changing.


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      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      why is it inevitable? If the most qualified person for the job is a woman, good. if not, hire the person who is?
      nocommie11
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait, but who will be making the sandwiches in the kitchen?
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        @nocommie11
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      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well GM is owned by the government and government does use affirmative action for women.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Didn't he actually refer to a "car gal" taking over. Typical time warp dude speak for a sexist old tool.
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gee, thanks for the tip white man.
      Eggshen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will we ever get past sex and race and just put the most qualified person in the position they deserve? Do I care if a woman is running GM? Is she the best qualified person for the job? Yes, then good for her. If she is there because of her gender then I am sad. And I don't want to hear about making up for past discrimination, just how do today's actions change anything that happened yesterday or 50 years ago?
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      The pink credit card requires no credit. It pays to be a women some times lol
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        It has paid to be a white man for the last 200+ years.
          sixsix
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          Yes it does. It has paid because the white man envisioned and designed this country that so many cultures now thrive in. Never forget that. The white man is responsible for the foundation that everything is built on here. The industries are his gift (or curse) to the country. White men are in power because they created the system. Slowly but surely things are changing, but it should be no surprise while the white man still retains so much power. Sure he used physical labor of others, but that is easily replaceable. The talent lies in the brains to orchestrate it all. Other countries and continents had all the manpower in the world but never accomplished in creating the longest lasting democracy in the history of the world. They had neither the power nor the will to do it on their own.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          Then, by your definition, the white male is responsible for all the sheeeet that is happening RIGHT now. You proud of that?
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      I dont care who succeeds him, as long as Dan Akerson is kicked to the curb. He is a bumbling nincompoop.
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      sixsix
      • 1 Year Ago
      You have to love America. For decades we have been legislating positions based on gender and ethnicity instead of merit and ability. We wonder why America's corporations have been degrading. I'm sure most of you have been too brainwashed to realize the truth of this. You've been trained to scream "racism" and "sexism" and every other ism under the sun when the progressives don't get their way. Let's legislate the NBA and see how that works out. PS. If a woman truly is the best for the job, the most qualified, then I have no problem with a women CEO. However, you should never sacrifice the strength of a company for the sake of political correctness.
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