Mary Barra, the current Executive Vice President, Global Product Development for General Motors and widely believed to be a leading candidate to succeed current GM CEO Dan Akerson, has been named to the Fortune's Top 50 Women in Business list for the second year in a row.

Barra dropped a few places, from 27th in 2012 to 29th in 2013, although she is the highest ranking woman in the auto industry to make Fortune's list. The 51-year-old exec continues to pick up accolades for her leadership at GM, as Forbes named her the 35th most powerful woman on the planet earlier this year, a jump of six places over her 2012 ranking.

Fortune cited GM's successful string of launches under Barra's watch, with specific mention of the excellent Chevrolet Impala and the new, 2014 Corvette Stingray. The business mag also touted Barra's revamp of GM's product development process.

Barra's continued success, both in the media and at GM, bode well for her future, which has a very good chance of being at the helm of Detroit's largest automaker.


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      The Other Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      As long as the person in charge is a real car person who really gets good design and understands brand identity. Someone like Lutz, but less of an ass.
      nocommie11
      • 1 Year Ago
      But who'll be making sandwiches in the kitchen?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nocommie11
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        Jonathan Wayne
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nocommie11
        I am guessing you because I doubt any woman could ever stand to be with you for any period of time.
        rjbx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nocommie11
        Cavemen like yourself??
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait.....then who will make sandwiches????
      Ken F. Powers
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seriously. Will men buy trucks from a company run by a woman?
      • 1 Year Ago
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      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Never heard of her. Good luck with the CEO spot though......
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great to see a talented woman in a leadership role in any business!
      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whoever it is hopefully will end the triple truck fixation.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would be shocked if they passed over Reuss for the top Job.
        Jonathan Wayne
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Yep, pretty sure that job is his to lose.
        bookemd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        While I like what Reuss is doing, and I do support him for the job mainly because he is trying different things with Buick, I think he gets passed for Barra. She is a tough cookie and is very intriguing to run a global automaker. Gender really gives a different perspective, and I think in GM's case it might be the best choice. I think she could possibly light a fire under the good 'ol boys club there.
        evan_kay
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Completely agree with you.
      scott3
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mark is who they need. He no only understands the fiscal issues but he is also a product guy. He also has been around GM since he was a kid to understand the things that were wrong and the places GM does not need to go back to. I Know Mary has many good points but I thin Mark is the most rounded. Also Mark is becoming the Voice and face of GM with his many public engagements. This is what GM needs. They need someone who they can see and hear that speaks for GM that they know and not some nameless person from a board room with grey hair that looks like the others sitting around the table. The path of GM's future will be top grade products that are not pushed out before their time. Mark has shown the ability to pull a product intro till the car is right. He also has shown to be able to work with all parts of GM to get these programs paid for and be fiscally responsible as we have not seen any major over runs. I think GM would do well under each but I give Mark the edge to better represent GM to the public. Mary has just never been much of a public person and GM need that personal touch like Chrysler had with Lee. Lutz gave GM a face and a voice that was as gentle as a sledge hammer at times. While he may have broken some China in the shop he also spoke out for GM. Mark has done the same but he has a little more finesse about him that works well.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't care who gets the job, just as long as they keep pushing GM in the direction it's going now. If that person is Mary Barra, then more power to her.
      Hanson Bro
      • 1 Year Ago
      And her connection with the car-culture would be.........what, exactly? Once we get past gender, of course.
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