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Mary Barra


Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors, forged a somewhat traditional path to the top for someone who is making history as the first female chief executive of an American car company. Having started on factory floor at just 18 years old in 1980, she then proceeded to climb the corporate ranks, taking on various challenges throughout the organization.

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