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Mary Barra to become General Motors CEO

Mary Barra, left, was named General Motors CEO on Tuesday, making her the first woman to lead a U.S. car company. Here, she is shown with GM President of North America Mark Reuss, center, and Cadillac Chief Engineer David Leone earlier this year after the Cadillac ATS is named North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Mary Barra, left, was named General Motors CEO on Tuesday, making her the first woman to lead a U.S. car company. Here, she is shown with GM President of North America Mark Reuss, center, and Cadillac Chief Engineer David Leone earlier this year after the Cadillac ATS is named North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Mary Barra

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.

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Mary Barra to become General Motors CEO 12/10/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 10:51pm]
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