Covid-19: Implications for Industry

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Prof. V. Sumantran, is Chairman of Celeris Technologies and former CEO of Tata Motors (Car Business), and Kalle Sundström, former CEO of Stora Enso, will discuss the implications of Covid-19 for industry. In particular, they will focus on the pandemic’s implications on the global manufacturing sector, including supply chains.


Prof. V. Sumantran is a business leader and academic, currently serving as Chairman of Celeris Technologies and an advisor to several Fortune 100 companies. He is the author of Faster, Smarter, Greener – the future of the Car and Urban Mobility published by MIT Press.

He is an Adjunct Professor at MIT-MISI, serves on the Board of Governors for the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar and on the Advisory Board of the Fraunhofer Institutes (Germany). He was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He was previously Executive Vice Chairman of Hinduja Automotive UK and Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland. As architect of the Group’s expansion into new sectors, he launched and served as Chairman of their JVs with Nissan (light trucks), John Deere (construction equipment) and Continental AG (automotive telematics).

Prior to this, he was CEO of TATA Motors’ car business, reporting to Ratan Tata. During this time, he oversaw the development of landmark products including the Tata Nano. Prior to joining TATA, Dr. Sumantran had a long career with General Motors in Detroit and subsequently served on deputation in Europe as Director-R&D at the GM-FIAT alliance in Europe.

Dr. Sumantran has served on the Science Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India and the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet of the Indian Government. He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and subsequently earned his MS (Princeton University) and Ph.D. (Virginia Tech) degrees in Aerospace Engineering as well a Master’s degree in Management of Technology. He is a Fellow of SAE International and a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers.


Karl-Henrik Sundström is member of the board of Mölnlycke, Vestas and NXP and chairman of the tax delegation for Swedish Business and Commerce and member of the board of the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.

He served as CEO of Stora Enso from 2014 to 2019, having joined Stora Enso in August 2012 as CFO and member of the Group Leadership Team.  In June 2013 he took on the role as Executive Vice President for division Paper and Wood Products.

Prior to joining Stora Enso, Sundström was CFO of NXP Semiconductors from 2008 to 2012. Before that, he held several executive positions at Ericsson, including CFO.

Karl-Henrik participated in an Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1997 and holds a degree in Business Administration, Finance and Accounting from Uppsala University, Sweden. In December 2019 he was awarded the decoration of Commander, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland, by the President of Finland for long-term work benefiting Finnish interests.

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