Board Director of Sunrun (NASDAQ: RUN) and TrueBlue (NYSE: TBI); former CMO of 3D Printing of HPSunrun, TrueBlue, HP
Member Since July 2021
Sonita Lontoh is an award-winning public company board director (Sunrun, Nasdaq: RUN and TrueBlue, NYSE: TBI) and former Fortune 100 C-suite executive (HP, SIEMENS, PG&E) who advises companies and governments on digital transformation, disruptive technologies, and the 4th Industrial Revolution -- contributing multibillion-dollar impact to businesses, consumers, and society. She advises on innovative, customer-centric programs that deliver multibillion-dollar revenue, scale, and double-digit growth, globally leveraging her 20+ year diverse leadership career with high-growth businesses at public companies with combined revenues of ~$200B – HP Inc. (formerly Hewlett-Packard, NYSE: HPQ), Siemens (DAX: SIEGY), PG&E (NYSE: PCG); and with venture-backed Silicon Valley startups. Currently lead marketing strategy at HP’s high-growth Personalization, 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing business, helping the $60B HP as it seeks to disrupt the $12T manufacturing sector through personalized customer solutions. Previously led strategy, marketing, and go-to-market expansion for a high-growth, new digital technology business for $100B Siemens. Sonita is a collaborative and effective C-suite and board trusted advisor with keen insights to “connect the dots” through relentless focus on the customer. She is an independent, "big picture" thinker for public companies' boards looking to leverage customer-centric, disruptive technologies to meaningfully transform their industries, drive growth, and thrive in the 21st century digital economy. Sonita currently serves on the advisory boards of UC Berkeley College of Engineering JIDI and the Association of Manufacturing Technology (AMT). She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Director (NACD) and the Women Corporate Director (WCD). Sonita has extensive global experience, having worked/lived in North America, Asia and Europe. She is a graduate of MIT, Northwestern’s Kellogg, and UC Berkeley. Recognition & Thought Leadership: * Invited by the White House to speak at President Obama’s Innovation Summit and by former Secretary of State Kerry to discuss energy transformation. Recognized by Secretary of State Clinton for global mentorship, and invited to the White House to attend AAPI Women Champion of Change celebration. * Awards: US National Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame; US National Asian American Hall of Fame, and MIT Notable Women Alumni. * Contributor to and/or published by publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, the World Economic Forum, Forbes, Fortune, TIME, CNN, NBC, Reuters, the BBC, MIT Technology Review, and others.
Industry experts weigh in on the tips that keep their companies (and mindsets) growing successfully. As a business owner or manager, who is responsible for leading a team to successful bottom-line results, quarter over quarter, it's easy to get stuck in a silo mindset or let fear and anxiety take over—having you falsely assume that every other company or leader has the secret to business growth and high-performance teams all figured out. On the contrary, you are not alone in your ability to face and overcome various obstacles head-on. And you'll be grateful for it along the way. To prove the point, a panel of experts from Fast Company Executive Board admits to having their fair share of ups and downs throughout their career journey to leadership. In this topic of discussion, they share one personal life lesson and what it has taught them most about how to become a better leader for the staff members and companies that they represent.
Nov 11, 2022
It is helpful to develop a few guiding principles that boards can follow to ensure effective and systemic cyber risk governance and oversight.
Allowing every challenge to serve its purpose will strengthen your company's reputation in the long term. Whether it's the impact of a prolonged global health crisis or a mismatched partnership that was all wrong from the beginning, operating an organization on a daily basis, supporting your team, and meeting client expectations, through the good times and the bad, does not come without obstacles. What sometimes seems like a series of unforeseen challenges to test your tenacity, build stronger community relations, and demonstrate credibility on the core values your company represents can actually strengthen your company. Below, 16 Fast Company Executive Board members reflect on how their companies have been able to rise up and revamp a sticky business situation into something good.
While there is no set template to encourage innovation and creativity in the workplace, there are several guiding principles for fostering a culture that is open to innovation and creativity.
Sunrun, TrueBlue, HP
Sonita Lontoh is a public company board director, strategic advisor, and former Fortune 100 senior executive who focuses on ESG, digital transformation, innovation and cybersecurity — contributing positive impact to businesses, consumers, and society.