BREAKING NEWS Tuesday, December 10, 2013 9:34 AM EST
General Motors said Tuesday that it has named Mary Barra, the automaker's head of product development, as its next chief executive, succeeding Dan Akerson, who will step down in January. She would be the first female chief executive of a major automaker.
Ms. Barra, 51, has been with G.M. for 33 years, rising through a series of manufacturing, engineering and senior staff positions.
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