Success Has No Gender

Success Has No Gender

Breaking the glass sunroofs at general motors

A quick look at the General Motors (GM) website will show you where their brand proposition lies… Women. “Building the Female Leaders of Tomorrow at General Motors” is clear, strong and targeted, along with their graduate and female leadership programs. This leading approach to women in leadership has seen the business become a success, a far cry from a decade ago.
In the years that have followed General Motors bankruptcy in 2009 their business has transformed the staffing dynamic to be very female focused, rather than its historically male focussed management team, and industry as a whole. They are leading the way in revolutionising women’s role in leadership.
In recent news it was announced that Dhivya Suryadevara will become General Motors new CFO, joining CEO Mary Barra. This is a first in the automotive industry with 2 women in such high profile, top leadership positions.
While female successes in a previously male dominated industry are not uncommon, to this extent they have been. Last week it was announced that General Motors’ CFO, Chuck Stevens, would retire after 40 years with the company, to be succeeded by 39-year-old Dhivya Suryadevara. She will join Mary Barra as CEO. While Mark Reuss, Vice-President and product guru; and Dan Ammann as President. The team have set their goals high, and there will be a lot to see from General Motors in the coming years.

Women currently hold 5.2 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions and 5.4 percent of Fortune 1000 CEO positions. While this figure is low, it’s a steady increase from 1995, when there were no women CEOs in the top 500. Source:

We believe this is the first of many women stepping into large leadership roles for global companies, the glass ceiling, or in this case sunroof has well and truly been open.

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