Dhivya Suryadevara

Dhivya Suryadevara

Chief Financial Officer, General Motors
Dhivya Suryadevara, vice president, Corporate Finance, has been

When Dhivya Suryadevara was named CFO of General Motors in June 2018, she joined CEO Mary Barra as another woman in the GM C-Suite, making GM one of only two Fortune 500 companies to have a female CEO and CFO. The then-39-year-old Suryadevara is the first female CFO in the automaker’s 110-year history.

The Indian-born financier came to the U.S. to attend Harvard Business School after receiving her undergraduate degree at the University of Madras in India. In 2002, she interned at the World Bank and joined UBS as an investment banker; she left for General Motors in 2004.

Her rise through the ranks at the automaker was swift. By 2013, she had been appointed CEO and chief investment officer of GM Asset Management and in 2015 was also working as the vice president of finance and treasurer for General Motors. In 2017, she became vice president of corporate finance at GM.

Suryadevara represents a still small but significant trend: There are now 64 female CFOs in the Fortune 500, nearly double the amount of a decade ago, according to Fortune.

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