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Dhivya Suryadevara – Stepping Up The Pedal

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For all the patriarchal orthodox men out there who said women cannot drive, this Indian American woman is giving them a tough time for their comments. Hailing from Chennai, Dhivya Suryadevara will be the Chief Financial officer (CFO) taking over the reigns from Chuck Stevens, the former CFO.

General Motors, the largest automaker made news when they appointed Mary Barra as the CEO. The US-based automaker company was the first ever auto company to hire a female CEO, which was an unconventional decision during that time, but today General motors have continued its legacy to hire the deserving irrespective of their gender and not stick to the traditional orthodox norms.

A quick glance at her Journey

The new CFO is an inspiration to us just like the CEO of the company. Divya is a commerce graduate from Ethiraj College for Women with masters in the same field. Completing the masters didn’t stop her, she went to Harvard University to pursue an MBA at the age of 22. After completing her MBA, the young genius worked as an investment banker at UBS Financial Services for a year-and-a-half before joining General Motors in 2005 as a senior analyst at the age of 25. With hard work and determination, she climbed her way to the top while taking over certain positions including Vice President for finance in 2017 before being appointed as the CFO of General Motors.

Achievements that craved her name amongst the top

  • Securing a $2.25 billion investment in GM Cruise by Japanese tech giant SoftBank Group Corp.
  • Acquisition of Cruise, a self-driving vehicle startup, based in San- Francisco for the price of over $1 billion.
  • Increased the credit rating of the company amongst the leading credit agencies as well as renewing GM’s $14.5 billion revolving credit facility.
  • She also played a crucial role during the reconstructions of the company’ operations over the last period of years.

 

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