Mary Barra Fast Facts

Mary Barra, new CEO of US carmaker General Motors GM arrives for a news conference at the headquarters of the company's German subsidiary Opel in Ruesselsheim, on January 27, 2014. (DANIEL ROLAND/AFP/Getty Images)

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors.

Birth date:
December 24, 1961
Birth place: Waterford, Michigan
Birth name: Mary Teresa Makela
    Father: Ray Makela, factory worker at GM
    Mother: Eva Makela
    Marriage: Tony Barra
    Children: Nicholas and Rachel
    Education: General Motors Institute, electrical engineering, 1985 (now Kettering University); Stanford, M.B.A, 1990
    Other Facts:
    First female CEO of GM and the first woman to lead a US auto maker.
    Serves on the board of the General Dynamics and Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.
    1980 -
    Starts with GM as an 18-year-old intern.
    1988 - GM awards her a fellowship to Stanford Business School in 1988.
    1999-2001 - General Director, Internal Communications, GM North America, General Motors Corporation.
    2003 - Plant Manager, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant, General Motors Corporation.
    2004-2008 - Executive Director, Vehicle Manufacturing Engineering, General Motors Corporation.
    2008-2009 - Vice President, Global Manufacturing Engineering, General Motors Company.
    2009-2011 - Vice President, Global Human Resources, General Motors Company.
    2011-2013 - Senior Vice President of Global Product Development.
    2013 - Is appointed Executive Vice President for Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply chain.
    2013 - Is ranked the 35th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
    December 10, 2013 - Is named the CEO of GM. Barra officially takes the position on January 15, 2014.
    March 20, 2014 - Publishes an opinion piece in USA Today outlining a plan to address the recent GM recalls.
    April 1, 2014 - Testifying before a US congressional subcommittee over GM's delayed recall and vehicle malfunctions, Barra says, "Today's GM will do the right thing. That begins with my sincere apologies to everyone who has been affected by this recall, especially the families and friends (of those) who lost their lives or were injured. I am deeply sorry."