GM CEO Barra joins Stanford University board

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra recently was elected to serve on the Stanford University Board of Trustees.

Barra, a 1990 graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she earned an MBA, will serve a five-year term that begins Sept. 1.

GM’s CEO since early 2014 also serves on the university’s Graduate School of Business Advisory Council that helps the school with curriculum and strategic guidance.

Barra was one of four new members elected to the Stanford board. Others include: Dipanjan “DJ” Deb, CEO of Francisco Partners FP; Bradley A. Geier, co-managing partner of Merlone Geier Partners; and Christy MacLear, executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

The four were elected through an alumni nomination process that allows the alumni association every two and a half years to give four names to the board for consideration.

Barra, the first female CEO for an automaker, also serves on the board of directors for General Dynamics and of the Detroit Economic Club and is a member of the The Business Council and serves on the board of trustees for Detroit Country Day School.