General Motors CEO Mary Barra. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(Bloomberg) — No one could blame General Motors Co. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra if she wanted a do-over in the new year after spending much of 2014 dealing with the automaker’s ignition-switch recall.

Like many of her predecessors, her first 12 months were consumed by a crisis. Similarly, Jack Smith took over in 1992 after the board ousted top management amid GM’s first brush with bankruptcy. Fritz Henderson got the job in 2009 as GM was preparing to file for bankruptcy and former AT&T Chairman Ed Whitacre came on board later that year as GM emerged from Chapter 11 protection.

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