Karunakaran Sathianathan is the Managing Director of Distribution Logistics Pvt.Ltd. (DLI) wherehe is creating a pan-India infrastructure based multimodal logistics business.
He has over 32 years of experience in the rail transport and multimodal logistics sector. Starting as an Indian Railway Traffic Service officer, he worked in various senior capacities with Indian Railways for 13 years before joining Container Corporation of India (Concor) in 1995.
As Business Head of the Central Region of Concor, he planned and operationalized all the major container terminals in Central India. Moving to the Corporate Office as head of Strategy and Business Development, he piloted the creation of strategically vital Joint Ventures of Concor at hinterland terminals and in the port sector.
He moved to Adani Logistics as Senior Vice President in 2005, where he developed the strategies for the development of their multimodal logistics and cold chain businesses. Later, as Business Head of Adani Agri-Logistics, he set up the bulk food grain logistics business for the group.
He joined the ETA Group in March 2007 as the Chief Executive Officer of the Logistics Division of ETA Engineering Pvt. Ltd. (Freightstar) and worked till December 2012.