Dhivya Suryadevara is stepping down to take a job with another company outside the automotive industry, GM announced today. John Stapleton, the current CFO for the North American region, will step into her role as GM seeks a permanent replacement.

"Dhivya has been a transformational leader in her tenure as CFO," said Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. "She has helped the company strengthen our balance sheet, improve our cost structure, focus on cash generation, and drive the right investments for our future. We wish her every success."

Suryadevara's career started in banking but quickly transitioned to GM, where she has been since 2004. In 2013, she was appointed CEO and chief investment officer of GM Asset Management, before becoming Vice President and Finance Treasurer of at GM in 2015.

Stapleton, who will move into the role on August 15, has been rising the ranks of GM's financial ladder for years. Before becoming CFO of GM North America, he was CFO GM Global Manufacturing & VP of Performance Improvement. Stapleton is a Stanford graduate.

"I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given at GM," said Suryadevara. "While I look forward to a new opportunity that will allow me to apply my skills in a new sector, I have great confidence in GM's trajectory and future."