Mary Barra, 48
Vice President, Global Human Resources, General Motors
Why did you want to work in the auto industry? Cars are exciting. My father was a GM diemaker in Pontiac for 39 years.
First automotive job: Worked as a co-op student in 1980 as a quality inspector in a Pontiac assembly plant where the Grand Prix was assembled.
Proudest professional achievement: What we've been able to accomplish as a team to position the company for the future.
Current challenge at work: Attracting, developing and retaining top talent.
What you do to relax: Being with my children, watching soccer and hockey.
-- David Barkholz