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GM’s CFO Dhivya Suryadevara Listed on Fortune’s List of Most Powerful Women to Watch

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While GM’s chairman and CEO Mary Barra ranked second on Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women of 2018 list, another key female professional at GM also garnered recognition. CFO Dhivya Suryadevara secured a place on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women to Watch list. Suryadevara was one of 10 women selected for this noteworthy tribute.

A few others on the list include General Electric executive vice president and CFO Jamie Miller, Stitch Fix founder and CEO Katrina Lake, and Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke. Fortune recognized her for her significant contributions to GM, which include acquiring Cruise Automation, as well as investing in Lyft and assisting with GM’s Opel divestiture.

Suryadevara became the first female CFO at GM, as well as the first female CFO in the auto industry, when she adopted this title back in September. Barra herself testified to Suryadevara’s capability in her new role at GM. “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.”

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While Suryadevara is still new to the CFO role, it turns out that she’s a seasoned veteran at GM. She joined the company back in 2005. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Commerce from the University of Madras in Chennai, India, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. From 2013-2017, she served as CEO and Chief Investment Officer for GM Asset Management. And from 2015-2017, she served as GM Vice President, Finance and Treasurer.

We look forward to witnessing Suryadevara’s future successes in her career. Perhaps she’ll follow in Barra’s footsteps and claim a spot on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list, sometime in the future.

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News Sources: GM Authority, Fortune