Inside the January/February 2012 Issue
Hispanics make long strides into the executive offices of major corporations. The success and sustainability of a corporation comes from a workforce that is motivated, resourceful and proud of its accomplishments, traits that must be nurtured from the first day on the job through the last.
Grace Lieblein, president and managing director of General Motors do Brasil, is cheerful and gracious on the phone from Sao Paolo just before Christmas. You wouldn't know it was the eve of a major holiday, with all its traditional last-minute running around.
About three weeks after the New Year launched, news announcing the economy had grown at a rate of 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 created positive buzz about the economy. The announcement was notable because the economy's growth in the third quarter of 2011 had been 1.8 percent. Some media treated the news as just short of remarkable. Others did not quite share the excitement.
The year started with positive economic news on many fronts -- record corporate profits, high manufacturing indexes, sharp growth in private payrolls, record low mortgage rates, increase in existing home sales and consumer confidence rising higher than expected.
President and managing director
GM do Brasil
Ms. Lieblein is responsible for the total operations of GM's subsidiary in Brazil. Prior to the appointment, she was president and managing director of GM de Mexico, the first woman to serve in that role.