For GM’s Mary Barra, Simplicity Is the Key to Quality
General Motors’s (NYSE:GM) executive vice president of global product development and global purchasing and supply chain, Mary Barra, has been brought up a lot recently, as she is in the running to take the reins as CEO once current chief Dan Akerson steps down.
Her mindset moving into such a powerful role is a fairly simple one: ”No more crappy cars.”
That’s an easy directive for anyone to make, but its another thing to back it up with real-world results. During a chat with Fortune at its Most Powerful Women Summit, Barra, who spent a good block of her career in human resources, was asked for a real-world example in which that principle was applied. While Barra didn’t give a specific anecdote, she did shed some light on how bureaucratic red tape has hindered GM engineers’ abilities to produce good, quality cars.
“We have 12 executive chief engineers that are responsible for every car, truck, or crossover that we make around the world,” Barra said.