Detroit-based automotive company, General Motors will have a new CFO, Dhivya Suryadevara will be the first effective women to fill the role. Dhivya succeeds Chuck Stevens, 58, who will retire March 1, 2019, and he will serve as an adviser. Dhivya will report to Mary Barra, chairman, and CEO of General Motors.
Mary Barra said in news release, “Dhivya’s experience and leadership in several key roles throughout our financial operations positions her well to build on the strong business results we’ve delivered over the last several years.”
A 39-year-old, Dhivya Suryadevara has played an integral role in some significant deals GM has made as it has restructured operations over the decades. General Motor said that Dhivya assumed a part in anchoring recently a $2.25 billion interest in GM Cruise by Japanese tech goliath Softbank Group Corp.
In 2005 Dhivya joined GM, also served as CEO and chief investment officer for GM Asset Management from 2013 to 2017. From 2015 to 2017, she also served as vice president, finance.
Dhivya completed her bachelor’s and master’s degree in commerce from the University of Madras in Chennai. She received MBA from Harvard Business School. Previously, she played a role of Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Accountant.
Mary Barra said, “Chuck has played a crucial role in driving profitable growth across the enterprise for the last several years, as well as being a vital part of the development and execution of all aspects of the core and future business strategies for the company.”