General Motors CEO Mary Barra speaks to the media after she unveiled the new GMC Canyon midsize pickup truck at Russell Industrial Center in advance of the North American International Auto Show on January 12 in Detroit. (STAN HONDA / AFP/Getty Images)
General Motors Co.’s new CEO Mary Barra was named Thursday as the Most Powerful Woman in Business in a global ranking by Fortune magazine.
Barra, who took over as CEO on Jan. 15 this year after heading global product development, purchasing and supply chain functions for the Detroit automaker, ranked No. 1 in the magazine’s new list of the top 50 most powerful business women across the globe.
Fortune named Ginni Rometty, chairwoman, CEO and president of IBM No. 2, Indra Nooyi, chair and CEO of Pepsi at third, Maria das Graças Silva Foster, CEO of Petrobras as No. 4, and Ellen Kullman chair and CEO of DuPont at No. 5.
Fortune said it took into consideration the size and importance of a business, the company’s health and overall momentum and the leader’s career, placing emphasis on the international scope of the operation under the executive and “her standing in the worldwide business community.”