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New CEO Barra a GM ‘lifer’ bent on tearing down walls

DETROIT (Reuters) – Mary Barra, the next CEO of General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), sent a powerful message to colleagues last year when she challenged about 250 designers and engineers at GM’s Vehicle Engineering Center – to a paper sailboat race.

“She wanted them to have fun at a highly stressful time, but also encourage teamwork and collaboration … to show that’s how we run our business on a global basis,” said John Calabrese, GM’s vice president of global engineering.

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      "Ben Klayman is based in Detroit and in April was named leader of the global automotive team for Reuters. Previously, Ben covered the business of sports as well as consumer and retail for three years and led the manufacturing/housing team for four years. He also covered the telecommunications sector for three years. He joined Reuters in Detroit in 1998 to cover autos. Prior to joining Reuters, he worked at a series of daily newspapers in Ohio and Maryland. Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English literature."
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