Today we are talking to Swamy Kotagiri, the CTO at Magna International. And we discuss the benefits of taking time to unplug and reflect, creating a culture where everyone has an entrepreneurial mindset, and benefits of diverse product teams.

All of this right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast!

Swamy Kotagiri was named Chief Technology Officer of Magna International, a leading global supplier with $35 billion sales, in January 2014.  In this role, Kotagiri is globally responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s innovation and new product strategy and development, at a corporate level as well as in conjunction with Magna’s operating units. 

Kotagiri has more than 23 years in the automotive industry and a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University. He has more than 12 patents to his credit in automotive product and process design.

ABOUT Magna:

We have more than 173,000 entrepreneurial-minded employees dedicated to delivering mobility solutions. We are a mobility technology company and one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers with 340 manufacturing operations and 89 product development, engineering and sales centres in 27 countries.

Our competitive capabilities include body exteriors and structures, power and vision technologies, seating systems and complete vehicle solutions. Our common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (MG) and the New York Stock Exchange (MGA). For further information about Magna, visit

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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