Evan Lysacek woke up every morning praying this would be the day the excruciating pain in his left hip — "like you're being electrocuted" — would subside. And every day when he stepped on the ice, the searing throb of pain reminded him that passion alone can't fuel a dream.
General Motors Tuesday named company veteran Mary Barra as its new chief executive, making her the first woman ever to lead a major automaker. With the company just exiting its 2008 government rescue and sales hitting their best levels in six years, Barra was named to succeed Dan Akerson as CEO on January 15. Barra, 51, currently works as executive vice president for global product development, purchasing and supply chain. GM said she had been "a leader in the company's ongoing turnaround."