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Executive Director & Head - Arcolab
Shashidhar has over two decades of experience working with multiple industries like Pharmaceuticals, Telecom, Banking & Insurance. Before joining Arcolab, Shashidhar was the Director of Agnus Capital where he was responsible for handling Business, Operations, Sales and Distribution for India and key international markets – Mexico, MENA, Africa & Europe for a leading Medical device company, Skanray. He was AVP of Mylan– Business & Operations for Europe, based out of Poland. Prior to this, he was with Aspen Pharmacare, based in Latin America, spearheading market expansion and growth for Andes Region and in Mauritius as COO, setting up and leading Global Supply Chain, Distribution and Business Transition for Global Brands.
Dr Gopal Muralidharan
Head - Medical Affairs
Dr. Gopal has over 30 years of industrial & academic experience. He worked in USA for nearly 15 years with American Cyanamid & Wyeth Research, before returning to India as President & CSO of Lotus La, a CRO. He was the co-founder of Semler Research Canter & served as President & CEO for nearly 3 years, before he started his consulting firm, Dakshah Biosciences. His experience also, involves working with Tenshi Life Sciences & Advinus Therapeutics. He has been involved in development of New Chemical Entities and Generic molecules during his career and has worked extensively in the area of Clinical & non-clinical research.
Head - Intellectual Property Rights
Debarati leads the IP and patent strategies across group companies. She provides support in areas of API, finished dosage forms, parenteral, biologics & consumer health products by providing them with relevant advice regarding their IP. In 18 years of her career in the pharma industry, she has spearheaded many differentiated business-tech strategies across various markets. She has worked with various reputed brands & pharma companies like Mylan, GSK and IPCA in her career.
Head – Finance & Accounts
Mayank is a CA, MBA and a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. He brings more than 16 years of experience with national and international companies. He has worked in diverse fields of finance, in both service as well as manufacturing companies, having expertise in Business Finance (Commercial), FP&A and cash management. He has worked on controllership, vendor management, business planning, treasury and budgeting. Prior to Arcolab, he has worked with companies like Mahindra, FedEx, Aviva, Suzlon, Tata Capital, Bajaj, Graphite and PwC.
Head - PMO & Business Transformation
Sriram has 22+ years of experience within Finance function and is heading the Project Management and Biz Transformation office (PMO) for Arcolab. He has worked across diversified sectors including service sector like audit firms & software and manufacturing sector like pharmaceuticals & engineering, in various leadership roles across India, US & Asia-Pacific with companies like Ernst & Young, Oracle Software & Kirloskar Electric etc.
Head - Information Technology
Balakrishnan currently heads the Information Technology function of Arcolab. He has 25+ years of IT and digital leadership in pharma and life sciences Industry. Bala has been part of the Information Technology journey of the group companies and has played a key role in the transformation initiatives to digitize manufacturing, laboratory and R&D processes. Prior to joining the group, Bala has worked in Cordell and Yuken, India.
Munish Kumar Sharma
Head - Computer System Validation
Munish is responsible for crucial areas of Computer System Validations & IT QA. He looks after IT compliance in Enterprise IT Systems like SAP, MES, Track Wise & LIMS. In addition, he ensures digital compliance in manufacturing equipment & analytical instruments like BMS, CDMS for Manufacturing, R&D and corporate set-ups. He holds 25 years of experience comprising mainstream IT systems, Validations & IT QA in pharmaceutical and has worked with companies like Sun Pharma and Ranbaxy Laboratories.
Head – Talent Development
Rukmini brings over 20+ years of rich experience in business partnering, Performance and Rewards, Talent Management, Capability Development, Diversity & Inclusion and Change & Transformation in diversified sectors including FMCG, Healthcare, Beverage, Retail and Consulting. She has experience in conceptualizing and implementing Talent Management, D&I. Her core expertise is in building talent, learning & culture strategy and framework, processes and tools that enable the business to identify, build and sustain its talent pipeline.
Head – Performance Management and Total Rewards
Kalpesh is currently part of the Arcolab leadership team, leading the Performance and Rewards practice. Kalpesh, in his overall 16 years of experience, has led several teams working on a variety of Human Resources assignments in areas such as organization design, manpower planning, job evaluation and banding, HR systems and processes, performance management, compensation & benefits etc. Prior to joining Arcolab, Kalpesh worked as cluster head and principal consultant in the HR consulting vertical at Mercer India. At Mercer India, Kalpesh led the life sciences & healthcare practice and has partnered with more than 30 companies in the medical devices and equipment sector.
Dr. Sathyanarayan. P.
Head - Employee Relations & Corporate Social Responsibility
Dr. Sathya is a Doctorate in Philosophy and has experience of more than three decades in human relations and employee relations/ engagement activities. He has served in International Airports Authority of India, Calcutta Airport and various units of HMT and BEML. He was in the Board of Directors in the Defence Public sector BEML as Director, HR. Dr Sathyanarayan is also the Managing Trustee of Strides Foundation which is the CSR arm of Strides. He is a life member of various professional bodies viz., NHRD, ISTD, KAPSW and was the Chairman of NIPM Karnataka chapter for the years 2008 –’10.
Vinod Kumar Bhaskaran
Head - Legal
Vinod brings 14+ years of experience with him. He started his career in researching & assessing statutory compliances of clients across various industries. He joined Strides in 2011 & has handled dispute resolutions, arbitrations & IP infringement matters in various jurisdictions. He has vast experience in handling M&As, Crisis Management, Commercial Contracts in the pharmaceutical & healthcare space and has been instrumental in various M&A and cross-border transactions with footprints in 12+ countries including USA, Europe, Australia, Singapore, South Africa & Canada.
Head - Administration
A seasoned professional with over 15 years of Admin experience, he has worked with various organizations like Arabian Profile Limited (Dubai), Abacus Audio Visuals and Essar Steel India Private Limited (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Orissa, Zimbabwe and UK). He has completed his Bachelor of Business Administration from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar.
In his span of two years with Arcolab, he has proved his excellence in handling several critical and challenging situations efficiently. He has managed complete Admin team at the Pondy formulation site and made a significant mark, especially during pandemic which was well appreciated. He has also managed all the units of Strides across location proficiently.
Senthil will report to me and spearhead the Admin team. He will be working closely with our key stakeholders at various business units and drive process excellence, introduce digital touch points and, build Admin COE for service efficiency and enhance the overall employee experience.
Associate Director - Quality Assurance
Ankit is a seasoned professional and has led different domains of Pharmaceutical Quality Systems. He has in-depth knowledge of the Quality Systems and maintained the systems ahead of curve. He has established Computerized System Validation master plans in the early stages of IT system implementation in Pharmaceutical Organizations. He has played an instrumental role in different organizations including Cipla, Ranbaxy, Sun Pharma and Glenmark to establish and maintain key quality operations including Quality Management system, Qualification of Pharmaceutical Facilities, Equipment and Systems, Audit and Compliance, Risk Management, Process governance, Cleaning and Process Validation, Batch Releases.
Head - Human Resources
Priyanka is a Postgraduate in HR and certified SPHR with more than 16 years of experience in Human Capital Consulting and Core HR areas multiple industry sectors like IT, ITES, Healthcare & Pharma and Entertainment. In her last role at DXC Technology, Priyanka was heading HR for Modern Workplace Service line & EMEA Region for India Delivery Centre where she was responsible for developing and driving innovative people-related solutions. During her career, Priyanka has also worked with Dell International Services, Concentrix India, Credit Suisse Services, BIG Animation and Nicholas Piramal in various HR Business Partnering roles
Srinivasa Rao Mekala
Associate Director – Talent Acquisition
Srini has a master’s degree in Human Resource Management (HRM) from Andhra University with more than 17 years of experience Talent Acquisition, Workforce Planning, Campus Hiring and TA process excellence within Pharma sector. Srini brings with him deep knowledge of Pharma talent landscape across Formulations, Injectables, API and Biologics. In his last role at Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Srini was heading Talent Acquisition for all Business Units, R&D and Corporate and was instrumental in building recruitment strategy as per organization goals. During his career, Srini has also worked with Aurobindo, Biocon, Dr Reddy’s and Mylan in various talent acquisition roles.
Associate Director Operational Excellence & Indirect Procurement
Shankar heads Operational Excellence and Indirect Procurement teams at Arcolab and business leader with a 18 years of experience across diversified industry sectors including Pharmaceuticals, Infrastructure, Retail Industry. Shankar has worked for companies Like Confederation of Indian Industry, GMR Infra, B&B Constructions in Project Management, Operational Excellence, Mobile App development, Process Excellence, Indirect Procurement etc. He is a Commerce Graduate & MBA in Business Management. Shankar is a PMP® certified Project manager from PMI USA, Prince 2® from UK and Certified Scrum Master CSM® coaching.
Associate Director PMO
Saurabh is a Business Leader with 21 years of experience in Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices, FMCG and Social Marketing organisations. Saurabh has worked for companies like Unichem Pharma, Macleods Pharma, Abbott India Pvt. Ltd., Essity India Pvt. Ltd. and PSI India Pvt. Ltd. in Sales, Marketing, Project Management, Sales Force Effectiveness, Supply Chain and Business IT. Saurabh is a Science Graduate and an MBA. He has also completed certifications in Six Sigma (Black Belt) and Coaching.