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Disney adds General Motors CEO Mary Barra to its board of directors

Disney adds General Motors CEO Mary Barra to its board of directors

The Walt Disney Co. is adding a high-octane name to its board of directors.

Mary Barra, the chief executive of General Motors, has been elected to the Burbank-based entertainment giant’s board, joining the leaders of Nike and Twitter to bring the total number of board members to 12.

Disney announced Thursday that Barra’s appointment is effective immediately. Robert Iger, the company’s CEO, serves as board chairman. “Beyond being an incredibly respected leader of a major U.S. company, Mary is recognized as an agent of change with a relentless focus on quality, safety and, most importantly, consumers,” he said in a statement.

“Her ability to adapt to a changing...

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