Mary Barra

New General Motors CEO Mary Barra speaks as she unveils the new GMC Canyon midsize pickup truck at Russell Industrial Center in advance of the North American International Auto Show on January 12, 2014 in Detroit. Press previews begin January 13. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)Photo by Stan Honda/AFP—Getty Images
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Barra became the auto industry’s first female CEO in January and promptly faced GM’s largest vehicle recall ever (29 million so far) from a faulty ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths since 2005. She is also tackling GM’s infamous culture. (see story)