Commercial Vehicle

Lakshmi Venu is MD Sundaram-Clayton


Lakshmi Venu took over as the Managing Director (MD) of Sundaram-Clayton Ltd. (SCL) moving up the ladder from being the Joint MD of Sundaram Clayton. Known to have led Sundaram Clayton from the forefront for over a decade, she is regarded by many as the lead architect of the company’s global footprint. Her decision to set up a foundry in the US, three years ago in 2019, in Dorchester, South Carolina is seen as a strategic breakthrou­gh for the company. It benefitted from the US-based customers who were looking for on-shore foundry units to reduce supply chain risks and curtail their carbon footprint, in turn. Directly responsibl­e for making SCL a globally, competitiv­e foundry, she is credited with building deep customer relationsh­ips with Cummins, Hyundai, Volvo, Paccar and Daimler. R Gopalan, Chairman, Sundaram-Clayton expressed, “Lakshmi brings deep customer understand­ing and has developed strong relationsh­ips with global customers. She has successful­ly chartered a strategy to have a global footprint to build a competitiv­e advantage. I am confident that she will continue to transform Sundaram-Clayton into a world-class auto component manufactur­er.”

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