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Indian Girl Dhivya Suryadevara Becomes GM’s CFO

GM CEO Dhivya Suryadevara

Dhivya will work under CEO Mary Barra who has been head of the company since 2014.

It’s surely a proud moment for Indians. 🙂 Dhivya Suryadevara has been appointed as General Motors’ CFO (Chief Financial Officer) in place of retiring Chuck Stevens. She will succeed the former CFO on September 1, 2018. Dhivya will work under CEO Mary Barra, 56 years old, who has been head of the company since 2014.

Dhivya Suryadevara is a 39 year old from Chennai who completed her MBA from Harvard Business School. She had done her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in commerce at the University of Madras. She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and then switched to investment banking at USB. Video – A Farmer’s Son Develops Driverless Tractor 

At the age of 25, Dhivya had joined GM, and served on several positions over the years. She was involved in several crucial business decisions of the brand including GM’s $2.2 billion investment in Cruise (in May 2018), sale of Opel to PSA (in 2017), acquisition of Cruise Automation (in 2016) and GM’s investment in Lyft (in 2016). In July 2017, Dhivya became vice-president for GM’s corporate finance. In 2015, she was one among named in Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 list. Read – Uber Flying Taxis In The Works

With this announcement, GM has become the first auto manufacturer with a female CEO and CFO and one of the two Fortune 500 companies with women in both positions. For people not in the know, Mary Barra is the first female to head the American major auto company. Read – Carmakers Will Soon Provide Factory-Fitted Number Plates

The official statement says, “General Motors has a legacy of firsts when it comes to minorities and women”.

“We’re proud of it, and it is the foundation on which we’ll keep building. We still have more work to do, and we are determined to do it, the right way, for the long term. This mission has no finish line.”

“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,”

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