Akerson envisions a woman running a U.S. automaker one day
September 25, 2013
General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said today he envisioned a woman running one of the three U.S. automakers one day, and that it was inevitable in an industry where half the customers are female.
"The Detroit 3 are all run by noncar guys," Dan Akerson said at a conference, referring to GM, the top U.S. automaker, and its smaller rivals, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC. "Some day, there'll be a Detroit 3 that's run by a car gal."
"I don't know when, but I think there are an unbelievable number of talented women in automotive, certainly at General Motors," Akerson said. "It's inevitable."
One of the executives whom analysts and industry observers have cited as a potential successor to Akerson is Mary Barra, GM's global product development chief.
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