General Motors Chief Financial Officer Dhivya Suryadevara didn’t get a spot on Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women of 2018 list, but she was recognized by the American business magazine nonetheless, earning a place on a list of ten powerful women leaders to watch. She shares that honor with the likes of Jetblack CoFounder and CEO Jenny Fleiss, Siemens U.S. CEO Barbara Humpton, and General Electric Executive VP and CFO Jamie Miller.
Dhivya Suryadevara’s boss, General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, garnered the number two spot on Fortune‘s list of the Most Powerful Women of 2018, and the magazine says that GM is one of just two Fortune 500 companies with an “all-woman CEO-CFO team”.
Suryadevara, 39, was made General Motors CFO last month after the announcement of Chuck Stevens’ planned retirement. A 40-year GM veteran, Stevens is staying on as an advisor until his departure in April, 2019.
Suryadevara joined General Motors in 2005, with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Commerce from the University of Madras in Chennai, India, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She’s served in numerous financial positions with the company, including CEO and Chief Investment Officer for GM Asset Management from 2013 to 2017, and GM Vice President, Finance and Treasurer from 2015 to 2017. She had a key part in facilitating GM’s divestiture of European automotive brand Opel, and in the automaker’s acquisition of Cruise Automation.
“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,” GM CEO Mary Barra said on the occasion of Suryadevara’s appointment as General Motors CFO.
Barra herself is no stranger to Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women list, having been ranked first for three straight years from 2015 to 2017. This year, she’s slipped back to second as Lockheed Martin Chairman, CEO, and President Marillyn Hewson takes the top-most spot.