Mary Barra, 51, will become the first female CEO of a U.S. automaker when she takes over as CEO of General Motors on Jan. 15.
EDUCATION: Attended the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), a sort of automotive preparatory school in Flint, Mich., where she earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Earned her MBA from Stanford University in 1990.
FIRST JOB: At 18, at the Pontiac, Mich., plant that made the Pontiac Fiero sports car.
COMPENSATION: As GM's product chief, Barra has made less than comparable executives at other companies, according to the company's compensation committee. That's partly because the government was capping executive salaries while it owned part of GM. The value of Barra's compensation totaled $4.85 million last year, according to GM's latest proxy statement. That included a $750,000 base salary plus stock units.
FAMILY: Barra is married with two teenage children, one boy and one girl. In an interview with Stanford's alumni magazine, she said she drove a Cadillac Escalade because it had enough room for her son's hockey gear.
WHAT SHE DRIVES: These days, she tools around in a new Cadillac CTS, one of several cars that have been released during her time as GM's global product chief. But her real love is the Chevrolet Camaro.