New GM CEO Barra seen as a winner early in her career

Until two years ago, Mary Barra, the incoming CEO of General Motors Co (GM), was little known outside the automaker. Barra, a 33-year GM veteran who turns 52 on Christmas Eve, was marked for future success in the company’s “Progression and Succession” reviews, annual surveys designed to identify young high-potential employees, former GM executives said. “She was always at the top of that list” in the late 1990s, said Don Hackworth, who retired as head of GM’s North American Car Group in 2001. “It was a great opportunity to get an overview of how the corporation works,” said Michael Losh, GM’s former chief financial officer.

    

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