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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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