Disney Adds General Motors CEO to Board of Directors

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Mary Barra

"Mary is recognized as an agent of change with a relentless focus on quality, safety and, most importantly, consumers," Disney CEO Bob Iger said.

The Walt Disney Co. has added General Motors CEO Mary Barra to its board of directors, bringing the number to 12 and increasing its female representation — a goal of most U.S. corporations nowadays — to four.

Barra was named CEO of GM in January 2014, and joined the iconic auto manufacturer's board two years later. Barra joined GM in 1980 while still in college. She has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from Stanford.

Barra is also co-chair of the Department of Transportation's Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation.

"Mary is recognized as an agent of change with a relentless focus on quality, safety and, most importantly, consumers," Disney CEO Bob Iger said Thursday in a statement. "Her ability to adapt to a changing technological and consumer-focused landscape makes her uniquely suited for the Disney board."

Disney's board is now made up of Iger; Barra; Carlyle Group executive Susan Arnold; Blackberry CEO John Chen; Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey; WE Family Offices CEO Maria Elena Lagomasino; Est'ee Lauder chairman of global affairs Fred Langhammer; Potbelly Sandwich Works CEO Aylwin Lewis; former Seagram CFO Robert Matschullat; Nike CEO Mark Parker; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; and former Starbucks CEO Orin Smith.

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