Nick Santhanam

Chief Executive Officer

Nick Santhanam is the CEO of Fernweh Group, an investment company which is pioneering the engaged investor & operator model (EIOM) to create alpha in the industrial and industrial technology sector

Nick is a former 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 research – McKinsey on Industrials, McKinsey on Food Processing and Handling, and McKinsey on Packaging, among others.

Nick serves on the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Libraries. Early in his career, Nick worked as a technical manager at a printed circuit board (PCB) and ceramics manufacturer in New York. He also worked as a manufacturing engineer at another PCB and ceramics manufacturer in their Delaware facility.

Nick earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the 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.