Published on 02/02/2024

Appointment of Subra Suresh as Chairman of the new Group’s Scientific Advisory Council

Societe Generale appoints Subra Suresh as Chairman of the Group’s Scientific Advisory Council, effective 1 February.

His appointment as Chairman of this new consultative body follows the announcement of its creation in the Group strategic roadmap, as part of Societe Generale’s ambition to be a leading bank in ESG and sustainability overall. As Chairman of the Council, Subra Suresh will assist the Group in the setting-up of the Council and its final composition.

The purpose of the Scientific Advisory Council is to provide science-based advice to the General Management on key trends that will influence the Group's business and activities in the coming years, and to take a broad and long-term view of the challenges facing the industry. The Scientific Advisory Council will combine complementary expertise in the areas of science, technology, and global affairs, with the view to integrate further the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals framework into the Group’s strategic thinking.

Subra Suresh is a leading scientist, engineer and researcher, with decades of distinguished positions in academia and is an elected member of numerous science and engineering academies. He was successively Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), President of Carnegie Mellon University, President of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has served as an independent director of publicly listed companies and as a member of science and technology councils advising the CEOs of multinational corporations. He is currently Vannevar Bush Professor Emeritus at MIT, Professor at Large at Brown University, and a member of the Board of Trustees of California Institute of Technology.

Born in India, Subra Suresh graduated from high school at 15 and received his undergraduate degree in first class with distinction from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai. He received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University in 1979 and a Doctorate in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1981.

Subra Suresh has been appointed Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur of the French Republic in 2023. He was also inducted in 2017 as a foreign associate into the French Academy of Sciences (Académie des Sciences).

Slawomir Krupa, Chief Executive Officer of Societe Generale, comments:
“It’s an honor to welcome Subra Suresh as Chairman of our new Scientific Advisory Council. I value his distinguished leadership in science and academia and his acute understanding of how our Group can enhance its standing as a leading bank in ESG. I look forward to engaging further with the Council, seeking their advice on how to best address long-term global challenges and to increase our positive impact and commitment to sustainability.”


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