General Motors Picks Mary Barra As CEO04:18
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Mary Barra speaks onstage at the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit on October 16, 2013, in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images for FORTUNE)
Mary Barra speaks onstage at the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit on October 16, 2013, in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images for FORTUNE)

General Motors has chosen Mary Barra as its new CEO. Barra started working at GM as an electrical engineering co-op student in 1980 and moved up the ranks. She currently heads the company's product development division.

Barra, 51, will be the first woman to lead a U.S. car company. The decision comes one day after the government sold its last shares of GM.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with journalist Micheline Maynard about Barra.

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This segment aired on December 10, 2013.

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