Shashidhar is the Executive Director & Head Arcolab with effect from July 2018
He has over two decades of experience working with multiple industries like Pharmaceuticals, Telecom, Banking and Insurance. Before joining Arcolab, Shashidhar was the Director with 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 also associated with Mylan as Assistant Vice President – 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.
His experience also includes working with organisations like ICICI Bank, Vodafone and TATA AIG. Shashidhar has MBA from University of Mysore and earned his Advanced Management Degree from IIM Bangalore.
Dr Gopal Muralidharan
Head Medical Affairs
Dr Gopal Muralidharan with more than 30 years of industrial and academic experience heads the Medical Affairs Function at Arcolab. He has worked in USA for nearly 15 years with American Cyanamid (Lederle Lab) and Wyeth Research, before returning to India as President and CSO of Lotus La, an CRO.
He was the co-founder of Semler Research Canter and served as President and CEO for nearly 3 years, before he started his consulting firm Dakshah Biosciences. His last assignment prior to joining Tenshi Life Sciences in 2017 and Arcolab in Dec 2018 was with Advinus Therapeutics where he served as CTO.
Dr Muralidharan has been involved in development of New Chemical Entities, and Generic molecules during his career and has worked extensively in the area of Clinical and non-clinical research.
He holds bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy (B .Pharm) and Ph D from University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in the area of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics.
Debarati Tripathi Joined Arco Lab from its inception in December 2018 and leads the IP and Patent strategies across group companies.
She supports business in the areas of API, Finished dosage forms, Parenteral, Biologics and consumer health products by providing them with relevant advice regarding their IP.
In her career spanning 18 years in the Pharma industry, she has spearheaded many differentiated business-tech strategies across various markets. She has worked with both branded and generic pharma companies, the last assignment before joining Arcolab, was with Mylan Labs as Associate Director – Intellectual Property. She has also worked with GSK and IPCA in her career.
Debarati holds a master’s degree in microbiology and Applied genetics and PG Diploma in Patent Law.
Head – Finance & Accounts
He will be responsible for finance function in Arcolab. His role will also focus on finance planning & analysis and also implementing Central Indirect Purchase for the group.
Mayank is a CA 2006, MBA 2011 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.
Before joining us, Mayank was working as DGM – Commercial at Mahindra Logistics where he partnered with the CEO and was responsible for the end-to-end business finance including project evaluation, long-term contract, revenue management, audit, working capital management, risk management, etc. He led a team of 30 people across Auto, Engineering & Telecom verticals. Prior to Mahindra, Mayank has worked with companies like FedEx, Aviva, Suzlon, Tata Capital, Bajaj, Graphite and PwC in his career.
Head PMO & Biz Transformation
Sriram Nayak has 22+ years of experience within Finance function and is heading the Project Management and Biz Transformation office (PMO) for Arcolab.
Sriram has worked across diversified sectors including Service sector like Audit firms and Software and Manufacturing sector like Pharmaceuticals and Engineering in various leadership roles across India, US and Asia-Pacific with companies like Ernst & Young, Oracle Software, and Kirloskar Electric etc.
Sriram is a Bachelor of Science and a Chartered Accountant.
Bala (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.
Bala has a Bachelor’s Degree in Maths.
Munish Kumar Sharma
Munish is associated with Arcolab as Head CSV since June 2015 and responsible for crucial areas of Computer System Validations and IT QA. He looks into IT Compliance in Enterprise IT Systems like SAP, MES, Track Wise, and LIMS. In addition, he also ensures Digital compliance in Manufacturing Equipment and Analytical Instruments like BMS, CDMS for Manufacturing, R&D and Corporate setups.
Munish holds 25 years of experience comprising of mainstream IT systems, Validations and IT QA in pharmaceutical and worked with companies like Sun Pharma and Ranbaxy Laboratories.
Munish is a commerce and IT Graduate with Advanced Diploma in Systems Management from National Institute of Information Technology.
Head - Global TA & HR Ops
Nikhil has 22+ years of experience within Talent Acquisition and is heading the Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding for Arcolab globally.
Nikhil has worked across diversified sectors like Pharmaceuticals, Telecommunications and FMCG and has been into various leadership talent acquisition roles across India, North America and Asia-Pacific with companies like Jubilant Life Sciences, Telenor, Aircel, ABC Consultants and Pacific Century Cyber Works.
Nikhil is an MBA in Human Resources and graduate in Computer Science.
Head – Learning and Development
Rukmini brings over 20 years of rich experience in Business Partnering, Performance & Rewards, Talent Management, Capability development, Diversity & Inclusion and Change & Transformation in diversified sectors including FMCG, Healthcare, Beverage Alcohol, Retail and Consulting. She has experience of conceptualizing and implementing Talent Management, D&I and Capability strategy along with Change Management programs. Her core expertise is in building Talent, Learning & Culture strategy and framework, processes & tools that enable the business to identify, build and sustain its talent pipeline.
Head – Performance Management and Total Rewards
Kalpesh has led and been part of several teams working on a variety of human resources assignments in the areas such as organization design, manpower planning, job evaluation and banding, HR systems and processes, performance management, compensation & benefits, employee engagement surveys, competency mapping and assessment centres. He has partnered with numerous Indian and multinational organisations during his stint with consulting firms such as Mercer, human capital consulting unit of Ma Foi and Thomas Profiling Assessments.
Prior to joining Arcolab, Kalpesh in his last role, worked as cluster leader and principal consultant in the HR consulting vertical at Mercer India. He is known as an enterprising HR professional and is recognized for his high quality HR assignments delivery, strong project management, high customer centricity and process orientation. He has earned several client recognitions and awards for his contribution on multiple assignments in his 15 years of consulting career.
In his free time, he imparts guest lectures on management subject and career guidance to management students.
Dr. Sathyanarayan. P.
Head - IR /ER/CSR
Dr. Sathanarayan as the Head – Employee Relations of Arcolab is responsible for Employee Relations, Employee Engagement, building and Corporate Social Responsibility for the group companies.
Dr. Sathyanarayan 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 associated with Strides since 2005 and 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
Vinod is heading the Legal team of Arcolab since Dec 2018 and has 14+ years of experience.
He started his career in researching and assessing statutory compliances of clients across various industries. He joined Strides in 2011 and has handled dispute resolutions, arbitrations and IP Infringement matters in various jurisdictions.
He has vast experiences in handling Mergers and Acquisitions, Crisis Management, Commercial Contracts in the Pharmaceutical and 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 and Canada.
Vinod is a Law Graduate from Bangalore University and B.com from University of Madras.
Sukumar has over 28 + years’ experience in managing facilities and administration and has been with Strides group for over 10 + plus years now handling Global administration.
Sukumar has worked in various industries like Hotel, Travel, IT, ITES, and Pharmaceutical and has been associated with companies like Quality Inns, Hical Magnetics, First ring India Pvt. Ltd. (now first source India), Porgeon ltd (Infosys BPO), Quest Global, and Velankani tech park.
Sukumar is a B.Com graduate and Diploma in Hotel, travel and tourism. He is also a member of ISHRAE, FM zone, CE worldwide and INFRA.