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2018 Powered by Women

From reader nominations, DBusiness selected eight professional women who are driving growth in Michigan, the nation, and the world.

Big Three Executives: General Motors Co. 2018

In the third quarter of 2017, GM posted third-quarter losses of almost $3 billion, compared to profits of $2.8 billion during the same period in 2016. The losses were largely the result of one-time charges covering the sale of its Opel/Vauxhall brands in Europe.

Big Three Executives: Ford Motor Co. 2018

Relying largely on the sales of trucks and SUVs, including the iconic F-Series trucks, Ford saw a 63 percent boost in third quarter profits compared to a year ago. The $1.6 billion in earnings came almost exclusively from North American operations.

Big Three Executives: FCA 2018

FCA posted third quarter profits in 2017, bringing in almost $1.1 billion, an increase of some 50 percent over the same period in 2016. The third quarter followed a strong second quarter, where the automaker earned $1.4 billion, more than double the amount from the same period in 2016.

Big Three Executive: General Motors Co. 2017

The automaker posted third-quarter earnings of $2.8 billion in 2016, more than doubling its earnings during the same period last year. The company recently partnered with the ride sharing company, Lyft. GM and Lyft have plans to test a fleet of self-driving taxis on public roads next year.

Big Three Executives: Ford Motor Co. 2017

After posting $2.2 billion in third-quarter earnings a year ago (the company’s best third-quarter ever), Ford came back to earth in 2016. The company saw its third-quarter earnings drop to just $1 billion. Ford will look to rebound with sales of its popular F-Series Super Duty pickup in 2017

Big Three Executives: FCA 2017

Last year, FCA lost $421 million in the third- quarter (mostly to cover the cost of future recalls and vehicles lost in a plant explosion in China). This year, the automaker got back on track, posting a profit of $659 million in the third-quarter.

Flour Power

Mike and Marian Ilitch stretched pizza dough into an empire, then initiated Detroit’s comeback. But even some Little Caesars employees don’t know their story.

Big Three Executives: General Motors 2016

Big Three Executives: Ford Motor Co. 2016

Big Three Executives: FCA 2016

Detroit: Post Bankruptcy

The city's historical ward system produced mostly corruption and inefficiencies. An at-large city council wasn't much better. Now comes a city split into seven districts. Welcome to the brave new world of Detroit.
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