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R. Padmanabhan, Chairman


Mr. Padmanabhan is the guiding force behind STEER. He single-handedly set up STEER’s entire operations (foundry & machine shop) at Coimbatore at a remarkable short span of 9 months. A meticulous planner, a strict disciplinarian and a born leader, Mr Padmanabhan, through sheer hard work and expertise in his field, moved up from being a maintenance-in-charge to becoming the executive director of a large textile industry. He carries with him a vast administrative ability, honed over 43 years of working.


Dr. Babu Padmanabhan, Managing Director and Chief Knowledge Officer


Engineer, Entrepreneur, Researcher, Author, Founder and the Managing Director and Chief Knowledge Officer of STEER Engineering Pvt. Ltd, Dr. Padmanabhan’s journey began with a vision – To steer a new world and to help create a better tomorrow through engineering, research and innovation. He has made immense contributions to the field of polymer processing using twin-screw extruder platform technology. His work in designing processing section components has led to the development of innovative extrusion technology that caters to the global market. With patents on fractional and higher-lobed design elements, super treated twin-screw elements as well as fully wiping elements credited to his name, he is considered a visionary in the field of plastics. STEER’s revolutionary Omega platform technology with a 1.71 Do/ Di, created under his leadership, sets a new standard for polymer compounds processing. With Dr. Babu at the helm, STEER, is today, a world leader in materials platform technology that effectively transforms and functionalises materials in the fields of plastics, pharmaceuticals, food & nutraceuticals, biomaterials and biorefining.


Mr. Satish Padmanabhan, Director


Satish leads the Corporate Services Group. His key role lies in providing strategic leadership and direction to this group for all emerging businesses of STEER World.


Mr. Dipak Chattara, DIRECTOR

Mr. Dipak Chattaraj is the Ex-Chairman, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc., U.S., and Ex-President (Corporate Development and Strategy), Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. He retired from Ranbaxy in 2011 and now consults for the pharmaceutical industry in India as well as the United States. Dipak leads STEER America as Chairman.









Mr. Nitin Gupta GCEO, STEER Engineering


Nitin brings to STEER in-depth know-how of line solutions and continuous processing equipment’s applicable to foods & beverages, oil & gas and other domains, having worked with companies viz Tetra Pak, GEA and Thermax.  Until recently, Nitin was Director APAC, Middle East & Africa with Tetra Pak Processing Solutions & Equipment based out of Singapore with primary responsible for Channel Management, Strategic Partnerships and Key Components Management. During his 15 years in Thermax and 5 years in GEA, Nitin was primarily engaged in turnkey project sales for variety of end segments.   Nitin holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from National Institute of Technology Karnataka graduating in the year 1996.


Prasanna Kumar, GM – Technical Services and Business Operations, STEER America


Prasanna has been with STEER for the last 17 years and is currently leading business operations in China. He has handled the testing and commissioning of over 100 extruders at customer plants in countries like the US, Japan, Germany, Thailand, Istanbul and China. Prasanna has been instrumental in setting up an entire plant that utilises twin-screw extruders and has built a great technical services team globally. He holds a Diploma in Rubber Technology from IIT, Delhi.


Sanjay Shah, CBO – INDIA, SAARC, SEA & MEA


Sanjay leads sales at STEER India besides fulfilling customer needs for India, and SAARC, SEA & MEA by managing Sales, Marketing and Application Development. His focus is largely on businesses aspects, which include Sales, Marketing and Business Development for expanded area of India, SAARC, SEA and MEA regions. Prior to joining STEER, Sanjay was with Reliance India Ltd, for over 20 years and he grew upto be Vice President. Amongst various activities he has handled Sales, Business Development, Project Planning and execution. He was part of team looking after acquisition & investment. He holds a BSc (Tech) in Polymer Technology from UDCT, Mumbai.


Akihiko Sato – President & CEO, STEERJapan Corporation


Sato San is a graduate in Polymer Chemistry from Gunma University, He began his career with Dow Chemical and was associated with them for over 27 years &   grew up to be a Business Development Director, where he was responsible for Business development, M&A, forming JV, setting up new business establishments, for businesses mainly in Chemicals, Plastics, Water treatments, Battery and Consumer Businesses.


He later joined Owens-Corning, where he was managing the Glass Fibre business as MD , North & South Asia & Japan, lead multiple geographies & was associated with them for 15 years & progressed to be a President General Manager, Japan.


When he is not working, his passion winds him as a drummer (Jazz) in a regular ensemble. He likes to travel and is an avid business reader.


Takeshi Nakatsuka
Director, Business Development Department, STEER Japan


Nakatsuka San leads STEER’s ADC in Japan.He is an expert in compounding Technology. Prior to STEER he was associated with SANYO-KAKO as General Manager. He holds BSc in Applied chemistry from Osaka Institute of Technology, Japan.


Uttam Kumar Bhageria- CFO


Uttam is a B. Com.  Graduate and a qualified Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Accountants of India. He has Expert knowledge in Accounting, Tax and Corporate Laws, Audit, Financial Management and Cost Management.


Uttam was associated with Deloitte Haskins & Sells (DHS) (A member firm of Deloitte Touche & Tomhatsu) and while being responsible for major areas like Accounting, Listing & SEBI requirements, Treasury, Pricing Models, Transfer Pricing, Direct and Indirect Taxes, he was instrumental in driving Strategic Financial Planning and Analysis, Streamlining of Processes and Internal Control Systems.


Uttam is passionate about leading teams to meet Organizational goals and timelines and create a learning function which facilitates financial stewardship and strength. He believes in corporate governance and working through people to achieve strategic goals.


Chethan Sharma, AVP – Corporate Strategy


Chethan has been with STEER for the last 12years, He spent his first few years as Finance Manager, globally responsible for Accounting, Budgets, MIS and Taxation for STEER Group.

He understands the pulse of the Organization well, and has transitioned into a role in Corporate Strategy. He takes part in setting up new businesses, contract negotiations and other strategic initiatives.

He is a CA from the ICAI and was associated with Deloitte before he joined STEER.






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