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Fortune lists Duggan, Orr, Barra as 'world leaders'

The Detroit News

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, former Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and GM CEO Mary Barra — world leaders?

Fortune Magazine thinks so, naming Barra to the No. 9 spot and Duggan and Orr jointly to the No. 20 position Thursday on its second annual "World's 50 Greatest Leaders" list.

"The nation's largest-ever municipal bankruptcy could have been a disaster. It was anything but," Fortune wrote. "Orr aggressively shrank the city's obligations to bondholders and set the stage for a complete financial overhaul. In his first year in office, Duggan proved a driven and effective manager, installing over 20,000 new streetlights, shortening emergency response times, and balancing the city budget for the first time in over a decade."

"Immersed in GM's ignition-switch megacrisis almost since day one ... Barra has deftly juggled the demands of investors, regulators, customers, plaintiffs and employees on one of the business world's most visible stages," the magazine writes.

The Washington Post, in a blog item published Thursday, noted Duggan was the only U.S. elected official chosen for the list. The Post noted that not "a single U.S. senator or representative is on it, nor are any figures from the current crop of presidential hopefuls."

Also missing from the list? President Barack Obama.