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Mary Barra adds to ranks of science-minded female CEOs

Mary Barra will become the first female CEO of a global automaker

Bloomberg  |  Southfield 

General Motors Co's decision to name Mary Barra - trained as an engineer - as chief executive officer extends the ranks of women with prowess in science and technology at the highest levels of corporate America. Barra, 51, joins about 20 women, a third with science backgrounds, who now run US companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Among the women are Ursula Burns at Xerox Corp, Virginia Rometty at International Business Machines Corp and Indra Nooyi at PepsiCo Inc. A decade ago, women of all backgrounds were CEOs of only nine companies in the index. "It's ...

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First Published: Wed, December 11 2013. 23:40 IST