Born in 1931 in Calcutta, Viswanathan Sattanathan grew up in Mumbai, Calcutta and Madras. He then graduated from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, followed by a Masters in Economics.
In 1954 he joined as a Covenanted officer at Lloyds Bank in Mumbai. The bank later came to be known as the National Bank of India and still later on as Grindlays Bank. He joined American Express Bank in 1972 and worked in New York and Rothschild Bank in London. He spent many years as Head of Projects and had opportunities to travel to the Middle East and Far East.
In 1981 he resigned from American Express and started Onload Gears (OLG) in Chennai - This company was formed to manufacture high-tension switchgear equipment - in partnership with some friends. Over the years, OLG grew in scale, operating 5 units in Chennai’s industrial estate and became a leader in the domestic market.
Mr. Sattanathan divested out of OLG in 2013 and helped form the Krissco Group of Companies with his son, Madhav Sattanathan in 2014. Krissco’s diverse interests are helped by Mr. Sattanathan’s vast experience as a successful banker and businessman.
An accomplished sportsman, Mr. Sattanathan has held the national record in rifle and pistol shooting. He was an excellent oarsman and won the amateur rowing championship of the east. Today, he spends his leisure time pursuing his passion for photography, reading and watching his granddaughter Reyna grow up.