GM said he expects one of the three US automakers to be run by a woman some day, a move seen inevitable as half of the auto industry customers are women.
“The Detroit 3 are all run by noncar guys,” Dan Akerson said at a conference, referring to GM, the top U.S. automaker, and its smaller rivals, Ford Motor Co and Chrysler Group LLC. “Some day, there’ll be a Detroit 3 that’s run by a car gal. I don’t know when, but I think there are an unbelievable number of talented women in automotive, certainly at General Motors. It’s inevitable.”
Analysts expect Mary Barra, currently GM’s global product development chief, to be a potential successor for Akerson. At 50, the married mother of two teens is the highest ranking woman at GM and the entire auto industry.
“I don’t know that I’m a ‘car gal,’ but I know I love cars and trucks,” Barra said when asked the question on “Michigan Matters.”
Formula One might also be led by a woman, as back in July, Monisha Kaltenborn has entered the race for Bernie Ecclestone’s position. Kaltenborn has often been mentioned alongside Red Bull’s Christian Horner as a possible successor for F1 chief executive Ecclestone.