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Technology, Globalization, and Culture - Fall 2016

A series of presentations by leading professionals from business, industry, cultural institutions, and academia who confront the challenges of globalization in both theory and practice, readings and research on global issues.

Srikanth Padmanabhan, Cummins Inc., November 1, 2016

Srikanth Padmanabhan is President of the Engine Business, the largest of Cummins’ four business segments.

Prior to becoming the President of Engine Business, he served as Vice President of the Engine Business leading the heavy duty, midrange and light duty markets that uses engines from 50 HP to 650 HP. In 2015, this segment manufactured more than a million engines and nearly half of them were from its joint venture partner plants around the world.

Since joining Cummins in 1991, Srikanth has been at the forefront of designing and manufacturing quality, innovative and energy-ef cient products that are critical to the success of Cummins customers. Over the course of his career, he has worked in and led a number of businesses across the company, including as President of Cummins Emission Solutions, Managing Director of Cummins Generator Technologies based in Stamford, England, Country Manager of Cummins Filtration Mexico, Plant Manager at Cummins Filtration and various leadership roles in Cummins Fuel Systems. As a diverse global leader who is passionate about innovative products, he has lived and worked in India, United States, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Srikanth holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Trichy, India and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School. In 2014, Srikanth received the distinguished alumnus award from his undergraduate institution.
Srikanth is a board member on the Community Education Coalition in Columbus, Indiana, as well as a member of the board of advisors for Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus.
Srikanth, his wife Usha and their daughter Megna live in Columbus, Indiana.