DETROIT, Sept 25 (Reuters) -Co's chief executive said on Wednesday he envisioned a woman running one of the three U.S. automakers one day, and that it was inevitable in an industry where half the customers are female.
"The Detroit 3 are all run by noncar guys," Dan Akerson said at a conference, referring to GM, the top U.S. automaker, and its smaller rivals,Motor Co and Group LLC. "Some day, there'll be a Detroit 3 that's run by a car gal."
"I don't know when, but I think there are an unbelievable number of talented women in automotive, certainly at," Akerson said. "It's inevitable."
One of the executives whom analysts and industry observers have cited as a potential successor to Akerson is Mary Barra, GM's global product development chief.
Akerson declined to say whether a $3.2-billion buyback of preferred shares from a United Auto Workers union trust announced Monday, and an upgrade to investment-grade level by a major U.S. credit rating agency, would lead to a common dividend at the company. He said GM continued on its plan to improve profitability and cash flow.