GM becomes first major auto company in history to have a female CEO and a female CFO

  • Dhivya Suryadevara will become GM’s new CFO, joining CEO Mary Barra.
  • No other major automaker has two women in such top executive roles.
  • GM has reversed the largely male-centric culture that defined the company before its 2009 bankruptcy.

Let’s be clear: There are many, many women working and thriving in the global auto industry. Quite a few are also in leadership positions, with titanic responsibilities.

But as a whole, the business has long been thought of as a bastion of “car guys.” That’s why Wednesday’s news that General Motors’ CFO, Chuck Stevens, would retire and be succeeded by Dhivya Suryadevara, 39, was astounding.

GM now has two women running the show, with Suryadevara as CFO and Mary Barra as CEO.

A pair of men round out the C-suite team: Mark Reuss as vice president and product guru, and Dan Ammann as president and in-house futurist, pursuing new business opportunities such as the Cruise self-driving-car program.

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