General Motors board has named product development chief Mary Barra as the companys next CEO,a person briefed on the matter said.
The person didnt want to be identified because a formal announcement hasnt been made. An announcement was expected later today.
Barra currently is senior vice president for global product development. Shes in charge of design,engineering and quality of all of GMs vehicles across the globe.
Shes also in charge of purchasing and had previously headed the companys human resources operations. The 51-year-old Barra started with GM as an engineering co-op student in 1980.