Automobile giant General Motors on Wednesday stated that the company has appointed Dhivya Suryadevara as its next CFO. Miss Dhivya Suryadevara will replace Chuck Stevens, who will continue with GM until he retires in March next year.
A Harvard alumni, Miss Dhivya will step into the new role on September 1. She is currently the Vice President of Corporate Finance in the company, having been with them for the last 13 years.
This move means that GM will have two women at the top, with Mary Barra being the CEO and Dhivya Suryadevara being the CFO.
As VP of the company, Miss Dhivya was instrumental in GM getting an investment of $2.25 billion from SoftBank Group. She has also helped the company improve its credit ratings, in addition to helping the company acquire Cruise, a start-up for self-driving vehicles.
Dhivya, who originally hails from India studied in Chennai before moving to the United States.
The move to elevate her to the role of CFO means that GM has set itself apart from other automobile manufacturers, which typically have men at the help.
GM, which has a presence in over 125 nations sold around 9 million units in the year 2017. The company has brands such as Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and Holden under its umbrella.
(Source – Financial Express)