General Motors’ Mary Barra hits top spot on most powerful women list image

Barra, executive vice president of global product development and global purchasing and supply chain, captured the No. 1 position on Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in the auto industry list. Barra is actually considered a potential successor to GM CEO Dan Akerson.

While being considered for the top dog spot at GM certainly gave her plenty of cache, the remainder of the list is a mix of engineers, communications and marketing executives with a CEO of a supplier and a racecar driver mixed in for good measure. Aditionally, three women working at GM finished in the top five, and a former employee finished third.

In addition to this title, Barra also made Fortune’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business list. She came in at No. 29. She was the only woman from the auto sector to make the list. Part of the reason for Barra being considered most powerful, according to Forbes, was the addition of purchasing and supplies chain to her duties in August.