In her four-plus years as General Motors CEO, Mary Barra has turned up on many lists of powerful and accomplished business leaders. But her lofty rank on Fortune magazine's list of The World's 50 Greatest Leaders is impressive new territory.
Barra was No. 11 on a list where the top three were: the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and other schools who have spoken out against gun violence; Bill and Melinda Gates; and the #MeToo movement.
She was slotted between No. 10 Liu He, vice premier, China, and University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban at No. 12. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, was No. 14, by the way.
Fortune wrote: "No woman on earth runs a bigger company, in revenue terms, than Barra. And in an era in which automotive startups capture all the headlines, 109-year-old GM has quietly, reliably been producing crowd-pleasing, mass-market, all-electric cars. GM beat Tesla's Model 3 to market with the Chevrolet Bolt EV — and has been selling it steadily since then."
She also was credited with revamping GM's corporate culture in the wake of the ignition switch crisis that dominated her first year as the boss.