Fortune praised Barra for getting through a tough first year as CEO. Throughout most of 2014, the company was beset by recalls that tallied millions of vehicles in the US and cost the company huge sums to repair. GM rapidly put the incident behind it, and in the second quarter the automaker posted a net income of $1.1 billion. At the time, Barra even predicted a stronger latter half of 2015. The magazine also commended her for being among the few CEOs to take part in the #ilooklikeanengineer Twitter campaign that was meant to empower women in the workplace.
Barra is no stranger to earning high positions on Fortune's various rankings. She was in 29th and 27th on the Most Powerful Women list in 2013 and 2012, respectively, and placed among the top in the auto industry, too. In 2014, she also led the magazine's ranking of the 50 Global Most Powerful Women in Business and scored ninth among the globe's top 50 overall leaders.