GM CEO Sees ‘Car Gal’ Soon Leading Auto Company

CBS Chicago

By Jeff Gilbert, CBS Detroit

DETROIT (WWJ) – GM CEO Dan Akerson says we’re coming close to the day when a woman will be the chief executive at one of America’s major carmakers.

“Note that the Detroit three are all run by non-car guys.  Someday, there will be a Detroit Three that’s run by a car gal.”

Akerson making the comments at a lunch, sponsored by Inforum, that was part of the first-ever Michigan Auto Summit.   He said women can compete, and “compete vigorously” in the competitive automotive industry.

“I don’t know when,” Akerson told reporters.  “But I think there are an unbelievable number of talented women in automotive, certainly at General Motors.  Just through the performance and hard work, it’s inevitable.  It will come to pass.”

There’s been much speculation that GM’s product development chief Mary Barra could be in line to replace Akerson when he retires. The GM CEO wouldn’t discuss…

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