GM Financial Chief Dhivya Suryadevara steps down in surprise departure

General Motors Co. Chief Financial Officer Dhivya Suryadevara will leave the company for online commercial company Stripe Inc., a surprise departure for one of the auto-maker’s fastest-growing stars.

GM confirmed Tuesday that Ms Suryadevara has left the company for an unknown opportunity outside the auto industry. Stripe in San Francisco confirmed the hiring of Mrs. Suryadevara.

John Stapleton, chief financial officer of GM for North America, was appointed acting chief financial officer while the company conducted a search, GM said.

Ms. Suryadevara is one of the top profile managers in the automotive sector, a sector that has long been dominated by men. GM Chief Executive Mary Barra, the first woman to lead a large auto company, has put together an executive team and board praising female representation, including six of its 11 directors.

The dismissal of Ms. Suryadevara marks the second major executive change in Detroit in the past week. Last week, Ford Motor Co. increased. his chief operating officer, Jim Farley, to his new chief executive, succeeding Jim Hackett, who is set to retire Oct. 1.