NAME: Mary T. Barra, 51.
BIRTH DATE: Dec. 24, 1961.
EXPERIENCE: Has served in a variety of roles for General Motors, including vice president of global human resources and vice president of global manufacturing engineering. Named senior vice president of global product development in February 2011. Assumed responsibility for GM's global purchasing and supply chain organization and was named executive vice president, global product development and global purchasing and supply chain in August. Is a member of the GM executive operations committee and serves on the Adam Opel AG supervisory board.
EDUCATION: Started with GM in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) co-op student at the Pontiac Motor division. Barra graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. She graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1990 with a Masters in Business Administration after receiving a GM fellowship in 1988.
FAMILY: Married with two children.
APPOINTMENTS: Serves on the boards of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and General Dynamics. A member of the Kettering University Board of Trustees and is GM's key executive for Stanford University and University of California-Berkeley.