Kathleen Barclay, 44
Vice President, Global Human Resources, General Motors
Education: B.A., business, Michigan State University; M.B.A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
First automotive job: Salaried Personnel Administration, General Motors
On being successful: "Work hard, and don't take yourself too seriously."
On being a woman in the industry: "I believe this has become less of an issue over time in this industry. However, senior women in this business are very visible and I feel a responsibility and an opportunity to take more risk on issues and drive change - to role model behaviors we want reinforced in all leaders."
Barclay rejoined General Motors in 1985 after four years with two other companies. She began her career with GM in 1978. Other positions at General Motors include:
- 1996-98 General Director, North American Human Resources
- 1989-91 Manager, Labor Relations
- 1985-89 Various human resources management ass