Next GM CEO could be picked in a hail Mary move

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“Some day, there’ll be a Detroit 3 that’s run by a car gal,” GM CEO Dan Akerson told Reuters today in Detroit. Observers think he might be anointing Mary Barra, GM’s global product development chief.

“The Detroit 3 are all run by noncar guys,” Dan Akerson said today, predicting that this might change to a car gal.

Mary Barra is on the shortlist as a potential successor to Akerson. Another one is yet another non-car guy, Steve Girsky .  Girsky was Akerson’s rival when the board asked for volunteers for the CEO job. Girsky was subsequently sent to GM’s Siberia, on a Mission Impossible to save ailing Opel  in Europe.