Why do women at GM hold an unusually high number ofroles, as compared to the rest of the auto industry? Credit CEO Dan Akerson’s mother.
As a child, Akerson saw his talented mother, Marguerite, work long hours for thin wages at Piggly Wiggly. Despite her fierce ambition, the first-generation German immigrant was never able to rise higher than assistant manager.
With her talent, “she should have been the manager,” he says. His stance today isn’t “so much conscious, as a recognition of talent.”