Mary Barra and Margaret Cushing Whiteman represent the many faces of successful women in today’s business world. Their achievements are underrepresented but their will to excel cannot be halted.
Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
Interestingly, Mary Barra started her lifework with General Motors (GM) while in training. In 1980 when she begun, she was a GM co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division.
Before being named the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of General Motors, Marry Barra was the Executive Vice President of the Global Product Development and Purchasing and Supply Chain since August 2013. She was also the Senior Vice President at the Global Product Development since February 2011. She honored both offices by fully executing the responsibility of program management, engineering, quality and design of GM vehicles around the world. Mary Barra also served in a number of key positions in the company. This include the Executive Director of Competitive Operations Engineering and Vice President Of Global Manufacturing Engineering. On January 15, 2014, Mary Barra was named CEO of General Motors. With her keen foresight and innovative strengths GM is moving ahead to becoming a global leader in automotive design and innovative technology. Born in on December 24, 1961, Mary Barra graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1985. In 1988, she was inducted into the GM prestigious fellowship. She also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Margaret Cushing Whiteman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard
Hewlett-Packard’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Margaret Cushing Whiteman, was signed on into office in September 2011. Meg Whiteman is one of the proud women of the fortune 500 business executives in the world with untold success stories in her career.
She graduated from the Princeton University and Harvard Business School after which she served as vice president of strategic planning in the Walt Disney Company throughout the 80’s. Among other positions held in the 90’s, was CEO of E bay from 1998 – 2008. She oversaw an expansion of 30 employees and $4 million in annual revenue to more than 15,000 employees and $8 billion in annual revenue during her tenure in office. In February 2009 Meg announced her candidacy for the governor of California, becoming the third woman in 20 years to run for the office. She was born on August 4, 1956.
What Mary Barra and Meg Teach Us
Undoubtedly, Mary Barra and Meg are living testimonies of our time. They have proven that the power to succeed solely lies in the hands of individuals, who do not question their existence and are ready to proof that live is worth living. In a world that sometimes drags us into doubt, Mary Barra and Margaret Whiteman continue to be generational role models.
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