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General Motors Names Its First Female CFO

  • Suryadevara poised to become fourth woman among 17 officers
  • CFO Stevens plans to retire in March after 40 years at company
General Motors Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra Speaks Following The Annual Meeting
Photographer: Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg
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General Motors Co. is about to have two of the auto industry’s highest-ranking women in the upper echelons of its management team. The move is a sign of progress toward gender equality, though men continue to hold the vast majority of top jobs.

Dhivya Suryadevara, GM’s vice president of corporate finance for the last 11 months, will become chief financial officer on Sept. 1, replacing Chuck Stevens, the company said Wednesday. Suryadevara, 39, played a key role in GM divesting its German affiliate Opel, acquiring self-driving car unit Cruise Automation, investing in ride-hailing startup Lyft Inc. and arranging a recent investment by SoftBank Vision Fund.