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ME alum named to Board of Directors for Leggett & Platt

Padmanabhan during a visit to the Iowa State campus in fall 2016.

A mechanical engineering alum has been named to the governing board for a Missouri-based manufacturing company.

Srikanth Padmanabhan (PhDME’91) has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Leggett & Platt, “a 135-year-old diversified manufacturer that designs and produces engineered products found in most homes and automobiles.” The company consists of “14 business units, 22,000 employee-partners, and 120 manufacturing facilities located in 18 countries.”

“Srikanth brings extensive experience in managing operations, technology and innovation across a multi-billion dollar global business,” said Ted Enloe, Board Chair. “We are extremely pleased to have him join our Board.”

Padmanabhan, 54, holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Tiruchirappalli, India and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Iowa State. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He joined Cummins Inc. in 1991 and has served as President of Engine Business since 2016. Additionally, Padmanabhan serves as a Board Member for the Community Education Coalition as well as on the Board of Advisors for Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus. Through his work and studies, Padmanabhan has lived in India, the United States, Mexico and England.