Correction: An earlier version of this story omitted the significance of gender in describing Mary Barra's historical ranking among General Motor CEOs. He says Treasury officials took the same risk assumed by anyone who purchases stock. Akerson spoke in the wake of Treasury announcement last week that it sold its last shares in GM and Akerson's decision to retire in January. Akerson said it fell to him and his team to restore GM's good name, transform operations and "put quality and the customer back at the center" of the company's decision-making, a process he called "the biggest cultural change we've been able to infuse into the new GM.
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The appointment of Barra, 51, is at once groundbreaking - she will be the first woman to lead a global automaker - and yet also very traditional. Her father is a long-time GM employee and Barra has spent her entire year career at the No. Barra's ascension also marks the re-emergence of an engineer at the helm of GM, a company long dominated by financial executives who were sometimes criticized by investors as lacking experience on the product side of the business. With her engineering background, plant experience, time spent running human resources and her current job in charge of product development, purchasing and suppliers, Barra has the expertise needed to help continue the company's turnaround, analysts and investors said.
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After all, she's the first woman to head a major U. GM says Akerson will step down ahead of schedule Jan. Government sells remaining stake in GM. GM in a statement says Barra has 33 years of experience with the company, having served in manufacturing, engineering and senior staff positions. She's now executive vice president for global product development, purchasing and supply chain.