Newly named GM board member evens gender split

Nora Naughton
The Detroit News

General Motors Co. named Jami Miscik, a former CIA official and current CEO of Kissinger Associates, to its board of directors Wednesday.

The election of Miscik, 60, brings GM's board of directors to 12 members and returns the board to a 50/50 gender split.

Jami Miscik has been appointed to GM’s Board of Directors

The first time GM's board was made up of an even number of men and women was in April 2016 when retired Harvard Management Co. CEO Jane Mendillo was elected to the board and former Wall Street analyst Steve Girsky retired.

The balance had teetered back and forth since then, most recently favoring a male majority with the election of eBay CEO Devin Wenig in May.

GM was recently named the world's top company for corporate gender equality by Equileap, a European firm that provides data and insights on gender equality in the corporate sector. The gender split on the board of directors is listed as a factor in Equileap's ranking of GM.

Miscik was appointed as CEO and vice chair of Kissinger Associates, a New York-based international geopolitical consulting firm, in July 2017.

Prior to joining Kissinger, Miscik served as deputy director of intelligence for the Central Intelligence Agency. She has also previously was on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board.

“Jami is a seasoned leader with experience in assessing the geopolitical and macroeconomic climate,” CEO Mary Barra said in a Wednesday statement. “Her unique and extensive background in intelligence, security and risk analysis and mitigation will add significant insights to GM’s board and the company’s overall strategy.”

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