Mary Barra became the first woman CEO of a major automaker when she took charge of General Motors in 2013. Now, GM named Dhivya Suryadevara, 39, as its new first female chief financial officer (CFO), to replace current CFO Chuck Stevens as he’s getting ready to retire, on September. Suryadevara came to GM in 2005 with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in commerce from the University of Madras in India and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers before moving to investment banking at UBS. At 25, she joined GM as a senior financial analyst at the treasurer’s office. She’s been the GM vice president of corporate finance since July of last year. GM said she has played an integral role in some recent, major initiatives. Suryadevara worked on the sale of Opel, its European division, in 2017. She helped with a $500 million investment into Lyft, and worked to secure a $2.25 billion investment in GM’s self-driving car program from Softbank. In 2015, Suryadevara was named one of Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40. Only 23 companies in the Fortune 500 have a female CEO. General Motors (GM) is the maker of Buick, Cadillac, and Chevrolet cars.