Two women at the controls of General Motors

General Motors (GM), the sole vehicle manufacturer headed by a woman in the person of Mary Barra, has promoted another Wednesday the post critical of chief financial officer, face of the company for the business community.

Dhivya Suryadevara, 39 years old, will assume his new duties effective September 1.

The traditional responsibilities of a chief financial officer are to defend the past performance, current and future, of the company to the financial community and specialized media.

It also reassured investors on their investments in the company as well as to convince and attract new and potential shareholders.

Ms. Suryadevara replaces Chuck Stevens, a 58-year-old, who has spent 40 years at GM.

A graduate of the prestigious university of Harvard and the university of Madras, based in Chennai, in the south of India, Ms. Suryadevara a, she, joined GM in 2005.

She has been responsible for between 2013 and 2017, the management of the pension fund of GM, which has $ 85 billion of assets.

She was for 2017 in charge of the relations with the investors and the management of special projects.

In this position, it was on the first line in the sale of the european brand Opel to French PSA Peugeot Citröen; at the forefront of the GM investments in Lyft, the service of booking of cars without driver competitor Uber; and in the acquisition of Cruise, the subsidiary of GM in the autonomous car.

“The experience of Dhivya and its leadership in many important roles across our financial operations put in a good position to continue to consolidate the strong results that we have recorded during the past few years,” pointed out Mary Barra.

Ms. Suryadevara will be directly accountable to Ms. Barra, became in January 2014 the first woman to head a car company, an exception in a male-dominated construction industry.

His appointment installs two women in the trio of leaders at the controls of the giant of Detroit, Dan Ammann remaining the number 2 by the vehicle manufacturer.

(With AFP)

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