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Castro and Srinivasan Join Manufacturing Leadership Council Board

Washington, D.C. – The Manufacturing Leadership Council (MLC), a division of the National Association of Manufacturers, has announced the election of Ron Castro, vice president and chief supply chain officer at IBM Corporation, and Krishna Srinivasan, global president and managing partner at Frost & Sullivan, to the MLC’s Board of Governors. The MLC is the nation’s foremost executive leadership organization dedicated to driving transformational growth for manufacturing companies along their digital journey to Manufacturing 4.0.

In a unanimous vote, the MLC Board approved the nominations of both Castro and Srinivasan. With these appointments, the MLC Board of Governors consists of 20 industry thought leaders who represent the full ecosystem of the manufacturing industry, which includes large global enterprises, small and medium-sized manufacturers, leading academic institutions and influential industry analysts.

As an advisory body, the MLC Board of Governors provides guidance to the MLC on its “Critical Issues” agenda, research studies and its programs and services for the MLC membership.

I am delighted to welcome Ron and Krishna to the Board at this exciting time, said John Fleming, chairman of the MLC Board of Governors. They are both experienced global leaders with deep manufacturing knowledge, and I know that their insights and inputs will enable the MLC to grow and add to the value of membership for all our current and future members.

It is my honor to join the Manufacturing Leadership Council Board of Governors. These are exciting times in our industry, and I look forward to positively influencing the agenda and focus for the future of Manufacturing 4.0, leveraging innovative technologies, said Castro.

It’s a great honor to become a member of the Board of Governors for the Manufacturing Leadership Council, said Srinivasan. The MLC is the only true forum in the country focused exclusively on enhancing manufacturing excellence across the entire spectrum of discrete and process industries, and I truly look forward to contributing to its continued success.


Founded in 2008, and now a division of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s mission is to inspire and support manufacturing executives to achieve transformational growth for themselves, their companies and the industry at large through enlightened leadership. With more than 1,300 senior-level members from many of the world’s leading manufacturing companies, the MLC focuses on the intersection of advanced digital technologies and the business, identifying growth and improvement opportunities in the operation, organization and leadership of manufacturing enterprises as they pursue their journeys to Manufacturing 4.0.

-MLC Board of Governors-

The Manufacturing Leadership Board of Governors comprises senior executives and industry experts at leading manufacturing, academic and research organizations around the world, including Lockheed Martin, Procter & Gamble, Ford Motor Company, Dow Chemical, Merck, Cisco Systems, Germany’s SmartFactory Technology Initiative, Lexmark International, Protolabs, Premio Foods, Virtex Enterprises, S&S Hinge, Graphicast, MIT, UCLA, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) in the UK, the U.S. National Tooling and Machining Association and consultants Frost & Sullivan.

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