Chairman, Saint-Gobain India
B. Santhanam is the CEO, Saint-Gobain Asia Pacific and India Region, and Chairman, Saint-Gobain India. He started his career at Grindwell Norton, a Saint-Gobain Group Company, in 1980 and served in various functions such as Information Technology, Operations, Product Development, Sales and Marketing, soon becoming a Member of the Management Board. Over more than two decades, Santhanam was instrumental in the Group’s investment of over € 750 Million in Flat Glass to create a pan-India manufacturing footprint.
Santhanam has been an elected Member of the National Council of CII during 2006-2019 and was the Chairman of the CII Southern Region in 2013-14. He has helped create and develop the “Indian Women Network” (IWN) under CII. He has also been a Member of IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) Executive Committee since 2009.
He has received several awards and recognitions for his leadership, managerial excellence, and contribution to the industry. Santhanam has obtained his B.Tech in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and Post-Graduation in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.