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  • Apr 28, 2014
Mary Barra, GM CEO on cover of Time MagazineGeneral Motors CEO Mary Barra has undergone an uneviable trial by fire in her first months leading the company. Even before she officially took over, she was under scrutiny for being the first woman ever to head a Detroit automaker. Then the ignition switch recall debacle began rolling out that eventually led to a Congressional hearing and multiple lawsuits against the business. Time Magazine is acknowledging Barra by naming her one of its "100 Most Influential People" for 2014, and Barra is even on one of the available covers.

To explain why she is so influential, Time has enlisted former Ford President and Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca to pen a short piece about Barra. In it, Iacocca praises Barra and compares her working-class background to his own. "If she remains as forthcoming as I've seen her on television with Congress, she will enjoy a long tenure at the helm," writes Iacocca. The magazine also includes a short interview with Barra during her cover photo shoot talking about the people who most influence her and why. Scroll down to watch the video.


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      tenspeeder
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm surprised a friggen Kardashian isn't on the cover considering how much the media continues to celebritized them.
      Muttons
      • 7 Months Ago
      She worked there since she was 18 years old, was at the highest echelons of the company for 10 years or more, yet seems (by her own admission) to have little to no knowledge of a problem with their ignition switches that existed for over a decade. Yeah, she's really forthcoming. To me she's a sacrificial lamb. She was given the job because no one else wanted to deal with what was coming. Admirable that she accepted it if she did know what was coming, but she's already basically said that she didn't know.
      crzydavy
      • 7 Months Ago
      She helped cover up and conceal one of the large automotive recalls in US history, what a bold leader.
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 7 Months Ago
        @crzydavy
        Since it is evident in your comment that you know very little about the automotive industry and just how large a company GM is - I suggest that you refrain from making comments about ANY subjects that you are clearly unqualified to even have an opinion on. Here's a free hint: An opinion is based upon facts and is provided to others as a means of engaging in discussion that can eventually clarify an issue or idea by using the sum of the knowledge of those who are sharing. What you posted does NOT qualify as an opinion - it is a knee jerk reaction, with the emphasis on jerk in your case.
        Jim R
        • 7 Months Ago
        @crzydavy
        Remember--it is possible to have a NEGATIVE influence.
      Jim R
      • 7 Months Ago
      She is indeed influential. She's influenced millions of people to never buy another GM car again.
      Quest
      • 7 Months Ago
      Another press fluff piece trying to create an image that doesn't match reality. She's old GM, daddy was a line worker, got a scholarship to Kettering to get her undergrad (GM paid for the MBA at Stanford, similar to other lifers at other corps) and held fairly nondescript jobs at GM over most of her almost ~33yrs at the company. Now they trying to build an aura, a mystique - please?/! Personally - regardless of her gender or race - she hasn't proven a thing; her elevation to the top job smelling of political opportunism and vendetta settling by the an opportunist, Dan Ackerson. She has yet to prove or show anything period - those are the facts. Maybe not politically correct but that's the rubber actually hitting the road ;-)
        Quest
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Quest
        loz look at that quite a change in post rankings on this thread huh ;-)) Truth might not be popular, maybe even heart the sensibilities of the "weak" minded... but... it's the TRUTH ;-)
      churchmotor
      • 7 Months Ago
      So she headed the "engineering" department at GM where they covered up known defects and flaws. Consumers dies, and TIME gives her this award. Well damn, she is a shoe in for next President of the USA on the Democrat ticket.
      BTCC
      • 7 Months Ago
      LOL
      Adrian Hosein
      • 7 Months Ago
      She's influential alright, she influenced me into never ever wanting a GM made product...you go girl! * snaps fingers *
      • 7 Months Ago
      [blocked]
      Roger Smith
      • 7 Months Ago
      Really,every one there is from the old GM there is no one new or with new mentality,just stole big money and run from there!
      Big Squid
      • 7 Months Ago
      Doesn't matter whose driving the bus. It's still heading over the cliff.
      Roger Smith
      • 7 Months Ago
      Influential on what?,every one there is from the old GM and this is just a cover up,can't wait for this company to go down!
        Roger Smith
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Roger Smith
        Even look at BMW and how they make a desirable all electric car?,GM make the EV1 (name stole from Saab Prototype) and now tried to sell a Cadillac hybrid with a new name and calling the full electric
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