Dhivya Suryadevara, first woman to become CFO of US biggest auto company, General Motors


DETROIT – General Motors Co. on 13th June announced Chuck Stevens, GM executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer, has indicated his plans to retire after more than 40 years with the company, effective March 1, 2019.

GM also announced the appointment of Dhivya Suryadevara as Chief Financial Officer, effective Sept. 1, 2018. Suryadevara, will report to Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO. Stevens will remain with the company as an advisor until his retirement.

Proud moment for India, Dhivya Suryadevara has become the first woman Chief Financial Officer of the biggest auto company, General Motors.


Dhivya Suryadevara will be following the footsteps of Mary Barra who broke the glass ceiling when she became the first Chief Executive of the company.

“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,” said Barra.

Dhivya was born and brought up in India. She did master’s degrees in commerce from the University of Madras in Chennai and then moved to United States and earned MBA degree from Harvard Business School in 2003.

Based on her LinkedIn profile, Dhivya joined General Motors in 2015 as Vice President Finance, Treasurer and promoted to Vice President –Corporate Finance in Jul 2017, and she was responsible for Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis, Investor Relations and special projects.


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