Another proud moment for India as Dhivya Suryadevara has become the first woman Cheif Financial Officer of the biggest auto company, General Motors. Know as a financial wizard, she will succeed Chuck Stevens on September 1. She will be following the footsteps of Mary Barra who broke the glass ceiling when she became the first Chief Executive of the company.
Dhivya is born & brought up in India. She earned bachelor’s & master’s degree in commerce from the University of Madras in Chennai. Then she moved to the US for her higher studies at Harvard at the age of 22. She completed her MBA from there. Dhivya landed her first job at the investment bank UBS and joined General Motors, a year later, at an age of 25. After that, there was no looking back. In 2016 she was named Automotive News Rising Star and a Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40 winner last year.
GM’s chief executive officer Mary Barra said,”Dhivya’s experience and leadership in several key roles throughout our financial operations position her well to build on the strong business results we’ve delivered over the last several years.”
Dhivya Suryadevara, who is 39-year-old played a role in securing a $2.25 billion investment in GM Cruise by Japanese tech giant SoftBank Group Corp earlier this month. She has played an integral role in some significant deals GM has made as it has restructured operations over the past several years, including the divestiture of the company’s European arm Opel & the acquisition of self-driving vehicle startup Cruise.