SILVER SPRING, MD. – The chief financial officer at General Motors, Dhivya Suryadevara, is trading Detroit for Silicon Valley in a surprise departure to join Jack Dorsey's startup, Stripe.

A rising star in the auto sector, Suryadevara became GM's first female CFO in 2018 at the age of 39, and quickly became a trusted voice for Mary Barra, the first woman to lead a major U.S. auto manufacturer.

"Dhivya has been a transformational leader in her tenure as CFO," said Barra. "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."

Stripe, which developed a rapid, mobile-payment system that has become ubiquitous during the pandemic, is a company that appears tailor built to sail through the global disruption. It has launched in 15 countries in the past year.

After its latest round of funding, the company puts its value at around $36 billion, not too far behind GM, which is valued at $41.5 billion.

Stripe is maintaining a $2 billion balance sheet, more fortresslike than besieged, as so many major companies have become during the COVID-19 crisis. Adding to Stripe's client roster this year alone are the companies Caviar, Coupa, Just Eat, Mattel, NBC, and Paid.

Stripe's technology has become integral to thousands of small businesses through its broad platform.

"I'm very excited to join Stripe at a pivotal time for the company," Suryadevara said. "I really enjoy leading complex, large-scale businesses and I hope to use my skills to help accelerate Stripe's already steep growth trajectory."

GM named John Stapleton, GM North America chief financial officer, as acting global CFO.