Title: CEO, General Motors
Born: December 24, 1961, Waterford, Michigan
Education: BS in electrical engineering, General Motors Institute (now Kettering University); MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Early Marker: GM-lifer, first hired as an 18-year-old co-op student
Big Idea: As the first female CEO of a top automaker, she is bringing disciplined streamlining to GM's culture, engineering and product design and development so it can compete in the global auto market.
Wave of the Future: Emerging-markets consumers, U.S.-China commercial competition, eco-friendly transportation