The “car gal” from Detroit has worked at GM for 33 years. THE GLOBAL glass ceiling was rattled this week, when the American automobile giant General Motors (GM) appointed Mary Barra as the first female CEO of a global auto-maker. The parents of Barra, who turns 52 on Christmas Eve and whose maiden name is Makela, are of Finnish background, according to several newspapers.
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New CEO of automotive icon is of Finnish descent
Barra will thus become the second woman of Finnish background to ascend to the upper echelons of the global world of business in recent years. Last year, Marissa Mayer, whose mother is of Finnish descent, was appointed as the CEO of Yahoo!.