Nick Santhanam

CEO & President

Nick Santhanam is currently CEO of Fernweh Group, an investment company which is adapting an engaged investor & operator model (EIOM) to create alpha in the industrial/ industrial tech sector.

Formerly, Nick used to be a Senior Partner, at McKinsey & Company’s Palo Alto Office, and was the leader of their global industrials practice. In addition, Nick was the global convener of several McKinsey annual events, including the Industrial CEO event (GILS), Industrial-tech and Semiconductors CEO event (T-30), Food Processing CEO event (FPH-30), and Senior Tech Influencers Summit (TEDS). He co-authored several of their leading industrials research. McKinsey on Industrials, McKinsey on Food Processing and Handling, and McKinsey on Packaging.

He is also on the Advisory Board of Smithsonian Libraries, given his passion in continuous learning.

Early in his career, Nick worked as a technical manager at a printed circuit board (PCB) and ceramics manufacturer in New York. Before, he worked as a manufacturing engineer at another PCB and ceramics manufacturer in their Delaware facility.

Nick has an MS in chemical engineering from University of Illinois and an MBA in strategic management and finance from the Wharton School University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Ford and Palmer Scholar.