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How we govern ourselves as a company is as important as anything else we do.

Good corporate governance benefits both our customers and our shareholders, and is essential to our long-term business success.

For this reason, we devote considerable time and resources to making sure that:

  • our policies reflect our values and business goals;
  • we have an effective corporate governance structure; and
  • we are operating in a way that is open, honest and transparent.

MSD in India Country Leadership Team

The core management team of MSD in India consists of experts and achievers, well known for their professional acumen and respected for their ability to develop and mentor their teams, through a fulfilling and challenging work environment.

Mr. K.G. Ananthakrishnan
Managing Director

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Mr. K.G. Ananthakrishnan is Managing Director of MSD in India. In this capacity, KG (as he is widely known), leads all three legacy entities in India: Fulford (India) Limited, Organon India Pvt. Ltd. and MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd.  KG is responsible for South Asia Region operation which includes Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India.  KG started his industry career in 1976 with Novartis (and its former companies) as a medical representative, eventually progressing to the position of Head, Sales & Marketing for one of its Business Units.  He then moved on to senior management positions in Pharmacia India, Pfizer and Schering-Plough.  KG holds a Masters in Marketing Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Bombay University, India and a Bachelor of Science degree from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. He has done a program on Finance from Insead, France and a Senior Management Program at the Wharton Business School, U.S.

KG has been a speaker in leading Management schools including Columbia University – U.S, Indian Institute of Management, Indore, Indian School of Business (ISB) and Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies.  KG is actively involved in industry related matters and is an active member of OPPI’s Executive Committee.

 

Mr. Vivek V. Kamath
Managing Director Designate

Vivek V. Kamath was appointed as Managing Director - MSD in India in December 2016. 

Vivek has over 25 years of experience in Marketing, Sales and General Management in India, ASEAN & South Asia with healthcare organizations such as Fulford, Warner Lambert, Pfizer, Ranbaxy, Novartis and Roche.
His tenure with MSD in India began in the year 2012 where he was appointed as the Business Unit Director for the Cardiovascular & Metabolic Business. In 2015 he was given the additional responsibility for Market Access & Public Markets Business.

Vivek has led business teams and managed portfolios in prescription, over-the-counter (OTC) & diagnostics segments, partnering with healthcare professionals, consumers, diverse trade channels & government / non-government healthcare entities. He has successfully built megabrands via marketing and sales excellence and also lead integration & cultural change during mergers whilst maintaining business performance.

Vivek Kamath holds a Masters in Marketing Management and Bachelor's degree in Microbiology from the University of Mumbai, India. He has successfully completed MSD’s ‘Emerging Markets Future Leadership program’ (EMFL) and ‘Executive Leadership program’ from Harvard Business School.

 

Ms. Annapurna Das
Director – Neighboring Markets & India Vaccines Business

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Ms. Annapurna Das joined Fulford in January 2007 as Associate Director - Strategy & Business Development. She is currently working as the Director - Neighboring Markets and Vaccines Business for MSD in India. She has a rich experience of 17 years in leadership roles for all strategic planning and organisation building within the sales and marketing as well as business development functions of various healthcare companies.

Ms. Das is an MBA from Madurai Kamaraj University and holds a B. Tech. degree from Birsa Institute of Technology (BIT), Sindri.

 

Mr. Arun R Hedge
Director Oncology

Arun R Hegde has joined MSD in India as Director - Oncology in December 2016. Arun comes with over 26 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry playing multifaceted roles starting as Sales Executive. Prior to MSD in India, he has worked with healthcare organizations such as Fulford India Limited, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd and Mylan Pharmaceuticals Private Limited. 

With expertise in various domains of Pharmaceutical and Life science industry in areas across Cardiac business, Primary care business, Hemato Oncology & Oncology portfolio’s, Arun manages complex business challenges with strong work ethics. He possesses functional expertise in P&L management, Strategy Market Access, Key Account Management, setting up new business unit and help and groom talent. Arun has played an instrumental role to launch and establish biosimilar MAbs as a key business growth driver for established and start-up organizations.

Arun R Hegde holds a B.Sc; PGDMS and an MBE from IIM, Kolkata.

 

Mr. Sameer Tamhane
Sr. Director - Human Resources

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Mr. Sameer Tamhane joined the organization in February 2004. He has more than 27 years of comprehensive experience in Human Resource (HR), Employee Relations (ER) and Administration in domains such as consumer durable (Godrej-GE), IT (Silverline and Blue Star Software), industrial products (Owens Corning), mutual funds (Reliance) and pharma (Aventis). He was visiting faculty for HR subjects at various post graduate management institutes in Mumbai. He is also Governing Board member of Indian Education Society. He won WILL Award for gender diversity in 2014.

Mr. Tamhane holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Management Studies (MBA) in Human Resources Management from Mumbai University.

 

Dr. Swashraya Shah
Sr. Director - Medical Affairs & Innovation leader for MSD in India

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Dr. Swashraya Shah joined MSD in October 2007 as Medical Director. He brings with him over twenty years of professional experience both in academic and in leading pharmaceutical companies. He led the team of medical affairs with creative and innovative ideas to support drugs in ethical and scientific manner in India as well as in SEA countries. He is responsible for medical leadership for launch of new products, to drive research initiative and for implementation of medical projects to improve patient outcome.

Dr. Swashraya is MD in Pharmacology from Grant Medical College and JJ Group of Hospitals.

 

Ms. Jyotsna Ghoshal
Sr. Director - Corporate Affairs

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Jyotsna Ghoshal is the Senior Director for Corporate Affairs at MSD India and is responsible for Policy, Government Affairs, CSR and Corporate Communications for the India region. Jyotsna joined MSD in India in 2008 as the head of Corporate Communications and has taken charge of the combined Corporate Affairs and Corporate Communications function in February 2016.  She is a proficient communications professional with around 20 years of work experience in Public Relations (PR), Stakeholder management & Corporate Communications across multinational and Indian companies and PR consultancies.

Jyotsna has been instrumental in devising and implementing the communication strategy for MSD in India, representing MSD in India amongst key external and internal stakeholders.

Prior to joining MSD, Jyotsna has worked with LINOpinion, as Communication Director and has also been the Head of Group Corporate Communications at TATA POWER (NDPL) previously. She has also worked with leading Public Relations Consultancies and handled communication mandate for Clients in varied industries including power, oil & gas, aviation, consumer, etc.

Ms. Jyotsna is a graduate with B.A (Hons.) in English and she also holds a P.G. Diploma in Advertising and Public Relations.

 

Mr. Anjan Sen
Sr. Director – Strategy and Commercial Operations, Diversified, Women’s Healthcare, Channel Sales Business, Specialty and FHC

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Mr. Anjan Sen joined MSD in India in February 2013, Mr. Sen is the Sr. Director – Strategy and Commercial Operations, Diversified, Women’s Healthcare, Channel Sales Business, Specialty and FHC. He has over 26 years of work experience in pharmaceuticals industry in India and emerging markets across various functions like product management, business intelligence and regional marketing and more recently in management consulting. He has a rich experience in building leading brands achieving significant growth in portfolios across multiple therapy areas. He also has a vast experience in managing mergers & acquisitions. He has worked with organizations like Eicher Goodearth, JK Industries, Pfizer and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Private Limited.

Mr. Sen completed his B Tech (Honours) from IIT Kharagpur and Masters in Business Management from IIM Lucknow. Anjan has also done a leadership development program from Harvard Business School, USA.

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Mr. Giri Giridhar
Sr. Director – Finance

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Mr. Giridhari has over 25 years of extensive global experience built across FMCG, Retail, Pharma and Financial Services.  He has lived and worked in India, Dubai, Singapore and London. He began his career in 1987 and has worked at Diageo Plc, ITC Ltd, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), the Aditya Birla Group and briefly at Spandana Microfinance.  Prior to moving to MSD in India, he was working as the Group CFO for Wockhardt.

Mr. Giridhar is on the Advisory Board of the CFO India Magazine. In 2013, Giri won the  CFO of the Year award for Excellence in Finance to enable a Turnaround –by IMA CFO Forum and the Top 100 CFOs in India Award– given by the CFO India Magazine in 2012. Giri is on the advisory panel of UnLtd India, an Indo-British non-profit initiative on Social Entrepreneurship.

Mr. Giridhar is Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA degree from IIM –Ahmedabad. He has attended leadership programmes at INSEAD and London Business School.

 

MSD in India Senior Management Team

The management team of MSD in India comprises experts and professionals, adept at driving the company to achieve its business goals and leveraging the company's competencies and assets to the best advantage in a competitive marketplace.

Mr. Ritesh Srivastava
Director – Information Technology (IT)

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Mr. Ritesh Srivastava joined MSD in India in December 2014 as Director – Information Technology. He has over 18 years of experience in the IT industry across multiple domains like Data Mining, Data Analytics, PLM, Field Force Productivity, NPI & Regulatory Quality. He has worked with Tata Unisys Ltd, GE Appliances, GE Aviation and GE Healthcare.  He is a certified ‘Six Sigma Master Black Belt’. He has done his Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Mathematics from University of Lucknow and his post-graduation in Management from ICFAI Business School.

Mr. Ritesh is the India IT Country Leader, responsible for partnering with country and regional business leaders to drive differentiated business performance through the application of IT.
He leads the optimization of IT processes and resources across the country, the region and the globe.

 

Mr. Sreedhar K
Associate Director – Procurement

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Mr. Sreedhar K joined MSD in India in June 2013 as Associate Director – Procurement. Mr. Sreedhar has over 25 years of experience in diversified industries; agri-business, bulk & specialty chemicals, fragrance & flavor ingredients, covering upstream value chain of FMCG & pharmaceutical industries. His expertise lies in the cross-functional areas of end to end supply chain, strategic global procurement, finance and business strategy. He worked with Hindustan Unilever & Givaudan in the past.  His last assignment, prior to joining MSD in India, was with Sharp Global limited as Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Sreedhar holds a Master’s degree in Commerce and Post Graduate Diploma in Taxation from Osmania University. He has a Diploma in Management from AIMA and has completed a Certificate course from IIM Bangalore.

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Mr. Anirban Roy Chowdhury
Sr. Director - Global Clinical Trial Operations (GCTO)

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Mr. Anirban Roy Chowdhury joined MSD in February 2009 as the Head of Clinical Research & presently oversees the clinical research activities in India and Srilanka. Prior to joining MSD, Anirban was in AstraZeneca.
During his 16-year research career Anirban has been instrumental in development of high performing teams & implementation of novel operating models to improve efficiency and productivity in clinical operations. He has contributed to the clinical development, registration and life cycle management of key molecules for unmet medical needs, such as Gefitinib, Rosuvastatin, Ticagrelor, Sitaglptin, Emend IV, HPV and various other vaccines.

At MSD India, apart from leading the Global Clinical Trial Operations (GCTO) team, he also serves as one of the key members of GCTO EEMEA-Asia Pacific leadership team where he contributes significantly in clinical operations strategy development for the EEMEA-Asia Pacific region.

Anirban holds leadership positions in various professional bodies, including the Indian Society for Clinical Research. Through the industry associations, he works closely with key thought leaders, stakeholders in the Government of India and academic bodies like Multi Regional Clinical Trials Unit of Harvard University to shape policies and processes around drug development and clinical research and address the healthcare needs of the country.

Anirban has done Masters in Pharmacy (with a specialization in Pharmacology) from the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal & Executive General Management Programme from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow.

 

Mr. Sanjay Bhatkhande
Director – Supply Chain

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Sanjay Bhatkhande joined MSD in India as Head of the Logistics and Trade Compliance in August 2011. He has over 23 years of rich experience in Supply Chain of Pharma and Agro Chemicals. He started his career with Merind Ltd and
thereafter worked with Parke Davis, Pfizer, Rallis and was Associate Director of BMS India before he joined MSD.

He is responsible for providing leadership in building Supply Chain Strategy covering Supply Planning for Domestic, Planning Imports and Exports, Production Planning, S&OP, Domestic & International Logistics, DRP (Distribution Requirement Planning), Warehousing & CFA operations and Trade Relations.
 
Sanjay holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Mumbai University, MBA (Materials   Management) from M.P. (Bhoj) University and Graduate Diploma from IIMM (Indian Institute of Materials Management).

 

Mr. Rahul Luthra
Director – Regulatory Affairs

​Mr. Rahul Luthra joined MSD in India in 2011 and is currently working as the Director – Regulatory Affairs.  Mr. Luthra will lead MSD India Regulatory Affairs team and support products in domestic markets as well as Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan, Maldives and Bangladesh.

Rahul has 30 years of experience with pharmaceutical industry. In his latest stint as Associate Director Regulatory Affairs with MSD, he was responsible for all regulatory approvals related to Central & State Drugs controller, and neighboring countries. Prior to MSD, he worked in the capacity of Regulatory Lead with, Astra Zeneca, Reliance Life Sciences & TCS, and managed all regulatory activities for the country. He began his career with Ranbaxy in manufacturing operations at Delhi, and later he worked as Assistant Manager Production, Production Planning and Regulatory Affairs.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Delhi University and has done PGDBA from IMS, Delhi.​

Mr. Muralidhar V. Karanam
Director - Legal & Compliance

Mr. Muralidhar Karanam is the Director –Legal and Compliance, for India and the Neighboring Markets. He joined MSD in India in June 2015. He has overall 15 years of experience as Commercial and a Business Lawyer in Legal, Compliance and Privacy. He has worked in various MNC’s including TCS, Honeywell, Novartis Healthcare for multiple regions/Jurisdictions across industries from Healthcare, IT/ITES, Automation, Aerospace, Retail and Pharma working in UK and India with proven accomplishments in implementing and monitoring strategic decisions on legal matters, negotiating and evaluating value propositions.

 
Prior joining MSD in India, Mr. Karanam was Legal Head for Novartis Healthcare and was instrumental in setting up the Legal function and implementing the Privacy strategy for India and Asia.

Mr. Karanam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Osmania University and Master’s Degree in International Business Laws from University of Hull, United Kingdom. Post his education, he worked in UK with various organizations and institutions, including the Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital, NHS Trust.

 

Mr. Dharmesh Kharwar
Director – Regional Business Operations

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Mr. Dharmesh Kharwar is Director, Regional Business Operations. Dharmesh has Broad experience of more than 20 years of extensive cross-functional capabilities aided by a comprehensive knowledge of Manufacturing, Quality, Regulatory, Legal & Business Environment in Pharmaceutical Industry. He works towards the goal of generating value by executing new growth platforms under the Global Supply Business Development organization, by the deployment of Product & Project Portfolio Management & Partner Alliance Management.

He has been associated with manufacturing & development of over 10 brands which are among the top 300 in Indian Pharmaceutical industry. Dharmesh is an active member of Organization of Pharmaceuticals Producers of India (OPPI) representing research based pharmaceutical companies.

Dharmesh has a Masters Degree in Pharmaceutics from Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nagpur University and MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai University specializing in Marketing.

 

Mr. Alok Sengupta
Associate Director – Business Development

Mr. Alok Sengupta joined MSD in India in 2008 and is currently working as the Associate Director – Business Development.  Mr. Sengupta is primarily responsible for facilitating development of MSD India’s business development growth strategy and for identifying, evaluating and executing investments and strategic partnerships.

Mr. Sengupta brings an enriching experience in business and market research, analytics and executing organizational effectiveness projects. He started his career with PharmArc Analytic Solutions India (An IMS Company) and later worked for RR Donnelley India Limited.

Mr. Sengupta holds a Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management (Distinction) from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (Distinction) from IMT Ghaziabad, and Certified Project Management from Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore