Board Seat Gap Narrows Just a Little Bit (And We're Super Pumped!)

Great news! The board seat gap got a little narrower this week. 

Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors Co., was elected to Walt Disney Co.’s board of directors, the company announced Thursday. 

Barra will join three other women already sitting on the board, including Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, former P&G executive Susan Arnold, and CEO of WE Family Offices Maria Elena Lagomasino. 

“Beyond being an incredibly respected leader of a major U.S. company, Mary is recognized as an agent of change with a relentless focus on quality, safety and, most importantly, consumers,” said Disney CEO Robert Iger in a statement. 

“Her ability to adapt to a changing technological and consumer-focused landscape makes her uniquely suited for the Disney Board,” he added. 

Barra has worked as GM’s CEO since 2014 and was the first female CEO at the company. She began working at GM in 1980 and rose through the ranks.

Barra sits on the Stanford University Board of Trustees and the Stanford GSB Advisory Council, as well as the Board of Directors of the Detroit Economic Club and the Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation.

Barra announced earlier this year that GM will partner with Girls Who Code to encourage young women to pursue careers in the STEM industries. 

The automaker donated $250,000 to the program. 

- Alicia McElhaney / She Spends Issue #17