It is plainly clear that General Motors, CEO, Mary Barra, is being thrown under the bus, not only by General Motors, but also by the House Subcommittee investigating the scandal. Although Mary Barra has been GM’s, CEO for only three-months, and has not been implicated of any wrongdoing, she has involuntarily become the face associated with the deaths of 13 drivers of GM cars and 31 front-end crashes linked to faulty ignition switches.
Whether or not Mary Barr’s newfound dilemma is fair or not, depends on how you view what Mary Barra did previously while working for General Motors.
Mary Barra has spent her entire life working for GM. She began her career with the automaker at the age of 18 as a co-op student in 1980. She studied engineering at the General Motors Institute, and held a variety of top engineering and administrative positions at GM, before becoming the Vice President of Global Manufacturing Engineering, and the Vice President of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.
These are achievements that would certainly cause one to question how a woman who was so involved in the daily operations of General Motors for so long, could know nothing about thousands of faulty ignition switches dating back to the early-2000’s, of which her company was held responsible.
Since Mary Barra has not been accused of being involved in any of the decisions responsible for the fiasco, and even criminal negligence, it is unfair to lay the blame on her.
Unfortunately, for Mary Barra, this is what happens when one agrees to become the Chief Executive Officer of one of the biggest corporations in the world. Undoubtedly, she knew of the forthcoming hearings, and maybe even of the whole ignition mess before she accepted the job.
Nevertheless, with such a powerful position, comes powerful responsibilities.
By accepting her new role as the leader of General Motors, it now becomes Mary Barra’s responsibility to right the past wrongs of the giant, automaker, and to offer restitution for those who have suffered unfairly.
Mary Barr’s plight may not seem fair, but neither was the tragic deaths of 13 innocent people.
Joseph E. Rathjen is a book author and an Opinion Writer for 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Research Engine.