Mary Barra breaks Detroit's glass ceiling to become GM's first female CEO Published: December 10, 2013

A day after the end of U.S. government ownership of General Motors, the automaker named Mary Barra on Tuesday as its new chief executive officer, to succeed current chairman and CEO, Dan Akerson next month, reports NBC News.

Barra is currently executive vice president of global product development and has worked at GM for three decades.

She will be the auto maker's first female CEO -- a considerable feat in the male dominated auto industry.

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