Leadership Team


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. Vivek Vasudev Kamath
AVP & Managing Director, MSD in India

Vivek V. Kamath is Managing Director, MSD in India, and he is responsible for South Asia business operations and P&L.

Vivek has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to his current position, which he holds since 2016, he was Senior Director, Cardiovascular & Metabolics, Public Market & Market Access, at MSD in India. He has also worked in the role of Business Unit Head - India & Neighboring Countries, Roche Diagnostics India Pvt. Ltd; OTC Business Unit Head - ASEAN, Novartis Singapore Pte. Ltd; General Manager - India Operations, Ranbaxy Global Consumer Health; Director - Consumer Health Products Division, Pfizer India Ltd; Director - National Sales, Consumer Health Products Division, Parke Davis India Ltd; and Associate Director - Marketing, Consumer Health Products Division, Parke Davis India Ltd.

Vivek is Co-Chair of Access Committee of OPPI (Organization of Pharmaceutical Products of India) and a member of Executive Committee of OPPI. He also serves on the National Pharma Committee of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry).

Vivek holds a Master’s degree in Management Studies (Marketing) and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Microbiology. He successfully completed MSD’s Emerging Markets Future Leadership Program and Executive Leadership Program from Harvard Business School.


Ms. Jyotsna Ghoshal
Senior Director - Corporate Affairs

Jyotsna Ghoshal is Senior Director for Corporate Affairs at MSD in India and is responsible for Policy, Government Affairs, CSR and Corporate Communications for the India region. Jyotsna joined MSD in India in 2008 as Head of Corporate Communications and took 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 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.

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


Mr. Arun R Hedge
Director, Oncology Business

Arun R Hegde joined MSD in India as Director - Oncology Business in December 2016. Arun comes with over 26 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry across various roles. Prior to joining MSD in India, he 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 sciences industries in areas across cardiac business, primary care business, hematology oncology and oncology portfolios, 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 a new business unit and grooming talent. Arun has played an instrumental role in launching and establishing biosimilar MAbs as a key business growth driver for established and start-up organizations.

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


Mr. Sudheendra Kulkarni
Senior Director - Public Markets, Market Access & Neighboring Markets.

Sudheendra Kulkarni joined MSD in India in 2017 as Senior Director and he is in charge of business for Public Markets, Market Access and Neighboring Markets. In this role, he is working on improving access solutions and access of MSD products in all public market accounts. In addition to his India responsibilities, Sudheendra is also in charge of the complete P&L for neighboring countries, which include Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Maldives.

Sudheendra has over 22 years of experience with the pharmaceutical industry, handling diverse roles in sales, marketing and strategy with a wide exposure in managing mergers & acquisitions and cultural integrations. He has been a P&L leader for the last 12 years. Prior to joining MSD, he was with Johnson & Johnson as Vice President – Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, he also worked with Ranbaxy and GSK.

Sudheendra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Post-Graduate MBA from Karnataka University.


Mr. Anjan Sen
Senior Director – Strategy, Commercial Operations, Diversified, Fertility and Hospital Acute Care Businesses

Anjan Sen has over 27 years of work experience in the pharmaceutical industry in India and emerging markets across various functions like product management, business intelligence, regional marketing, sales and general management along with management consulting in the healthcare industry. He joined MSD in India in February 2013 to lead Strategy and Commercial Operations. Subsequently, in 2015, he was given the responsibility of Diversified Business and, in 2016 he was given additional responsibility of Fertility and Hospital Acute Care businesses.

Anjan has a rich experience in building leading brands, leading businesses for achieving significant growth in portfolios across multiple therapy areas, undertaking profitability and efficiency improvement initiatives across organizations. He also has a vast experience in managing mergers & acquisitions. Anjan has worked with organizations like Eicher Goodearth, JK Industries, Pfizer and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Private Limited prior to joining MSD.

Anjan holds a B. Tech (Hons) degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and a Master’s degree in Business Management from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. He has also completed a Leadership Development Program from Harvard Business School, USA.


Mr. Sameer Tamhane
Senior Director – Human Resources

Sameer Tamhane joined MSD in India in February 2004. He is an experienced professional with three decades of industry experience in human resource management, employee relations and administration. Prior to joining MSD, he worked in various industry domains, such as consumer durable (Godrej-GE), information technology (Silverline & Blue Star software), industrial products (Owens Corning), mutual funds (Reliance Capital) and pharmaceutical (Aventis). Sameer is an expert in strategy, M&A, change management, business & leadership and coaching & mentoring. He has been a Governing Board Member / Advisor and visiting faculty to various leading management institutes in India. Sameer is also on the Adhoc Board of Studies of Mumbai University.

Sameer was the recipient of WILL award for Gender Diversity in 2014.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Management Studies (MMS) with specialization in Human Resources from Mumbai University. Sameer has successfully completed the Merck Sigma Executive Belt. He has attended various leadership programs, including Business Leadership programs from Dukes University, USA.


Mr. Rajesh A Tendolkar
Director – Financial Planning and Analysis

Rajesh A Tendolkar was joined MSD in India as Finance Director in October 2017.

Rajesh has 23 years of experience in finace in India in various industries like pharmaceutical, information technology, consumer luggage, automobile and audit.

In his tenure with MSD in India so far, he has worked in the capacity of Controller, Financial Analysis and Planning lead and supported various strategic business initiatives. He has led SAP implementation, GST implementation and financial planning and management accounting automation for MSD in India.

Rajesh has a wide experience in various domains of finance like management accounting, budgeting, pharmaceutical pricing, business performance management controlling, taxation, transfer pricing and GST.

Rajesh is a Chartered Accountant and Commerce graduate from Mumbai University. He also successfully completed the Emerging Market Finance Leaderhip Program (an MSD Finance Leadership program).


MSD in India Senior Management Team


Mr. Sanjay Bhatkhande
Director – Supply Chain

Sanjay Bhatkhande joined MSD in India as Head of the Logistics and Trade Compliance in August 2011. He has over 26 years of experience in Supply Chain of pharma and agro chemicals. He started his career with Merind Ltd (formerly known as MSD) and, thereafter, worked with Parke Davis-Pfizer, Glenmark, Rallis and was Associate Director of BMS India before he joined MSD.

He is responsible for providing leadership in building Supply Chain Strategy covering India and neighboring markets in the functional areas of supply planning for domestic and international, planning imports and exports, production planning, S&OP, domestic and international logistics, DRP (Distribution Requirement Planning), product handling, warehousing & CFA operations and trade relations.

Sanjay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Mumbai University, MBA (Materials Management) from M.P. (Bhoj) Open University and a Graduate Diploma from IIMM (Indian Institute of Materials Management).


Mr. Sreedhar K
Director – Head of Procurement India & APJ IT Functional Leader

Sreedhar currently heads the Procurement function for MSD in India and he also has an overall functional leadership role for Asia Pacific and Japan in the IT category.

Sreedhar joined the organization in June 2013 as Head of Procurement, and he has demonstrated exceptional influencing skills - driving and realizing many projects, contributing to the improvement of bottom line of the business and also improved access of MSD products for patients in India.

He has over 25 years of experience in diverse industries - agri-business, bulk & specialty chemicals, fragrance & flavor ingredients covering upstream value chain of FMCG & pharmaceutical industries. His expertise lies in cross-functional areas of end-to-end supply chain, strategic global procurement, finance and business strategy. Sreedhar has 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.

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


Mr. Muralidhar V Karanam
Director – Legal and Country Compliance, India and Neighboring Markets

Muralidhar V. Karanam joined MSD in India in June 2015 with a varied domain experience in legal affairs, compliance and privacy. He has worked in various MNCs, including TCS, Honeywell and Novartis Healthcare for multiple regions/jurisdictions.

His work experience spans across healthcare, IT/ITES, automation, aerospace, retail and pharma sectors in the UK and India. Muralidhar’s proven accomplishments include implementing and monitoring strategic decisions on legal matters as well as negotiating and evaluating value propositions. Prior to joining MSD in India, Muralidhar was Legal Head for Novartis Healthcare and he was instrumental in setting up the Legal function and implementing privacy strategy for India and Asia.

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


Mr. Pradeep Kumar
Director, Strategic Alliances in Global Supply Business Development

Pradeep Kumar has a broad experience of about 18 years spanning various areas of pharmaceutical manufacturing like quality, operations, technical, legal, regulatory and plant startup. His work experience spans generics as well as research-oriented multinational pharmaceutical companies. He works towards the goal of creating compliant, reliable, efficient and cost-effective supply chains and enabling new business opportunities for the subsidiary.

Pradeep is currently the GSBD Business Development Leader for AP and China as well. He’s well-versed with pharmaceutical business development and has been actively involved in over 50 business development deals across the AP region since 2010.

Pradeep holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from School of Medical Education, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, and he is a Certified Licensing Professional with LES.


Mr. Rahul Luthra
Director, Regulatory Affairs

Rahul Luthra joined MSD in India in May 2011 and he leads Regulatory Affairs for India.

He has over 32 years of experience in manufacturing, quality control, drug discovery and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining MSD, Rahul worked with Ranbaxy Laboratories, Astra Zeneca, Reliance Life Sciences and Tata Consultancy. He has a diverse experience in regulatory affairs for small molecules, biologicals & vaccines, blood products, medical devise and recombinant drugs.

Rahul holds a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy from University of Delhi and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from IMS Delhi.


Mr. Manjunath Moodbidri
Associate Director – Information Technology (IT)

Manjunath Moodbidri joined MSD in India in July 1997 and he is currently Associate Director, Information Technology. He brings with him over 20 years of professional experience in IT across multiple domains like digital transformation, social media, data analytics, field force productivity, integrated customer engagement and support function automation. He was an entrepreneur prior to joining MSD.

Manjunath is the India IT Country Leader and he is responsible for providing leadership in building an IT strategy, and partnering with the country and regional business stakeholders to drive differentiated business performance through the application of information technology. He represents information technology holistically to the market, ensuring alignment and collaboration with local, regional and global strategies of the organization.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Master’s degree in Management Studies (MBA) in Information Technology. He is a certified PMP (Project Management Professional) from Project Management Institute, USA.


Mr. Alok Sengupta
Director – Business Development

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

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

Alok holds a Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management from IMT Ghaziabad; and Certified Project Management from Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore.


Dr. Monisha Sharma
Director, Global Clinical Trial Operations

Dr. Monisha Sharma is currently the Therapeutic Area Head, Global Clinical Trial operations for South East Asia cluster (India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines).

She is responsible for overseeing a team across South East Asia and overseeing end-to-end clinical research activities in the cluster.

Dr Monisha joined MSD in India in March 2006 as a project manager and she has over 19 years of experience in academia and pharmaceuticals, with the first 8 years in the academia and remaining in increasing roles and responsibilities in late-phase clinical operations. Her key interests are in strategic / change management initiatives, building and leading high-performance teams, and lean clinical trial operating models.

She is certified in Project Management PMP (PMI) and has a Green belt in Lean Six Sigma processes. She also has several publications in international and national peer-reviewed journals to her credit.

Prior to joining MSD in India, Dr Monisha worked as a Senior Resident, Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, and then Pool Officer, Department of Pharmacology, AIIMS.

Dr Monisha has an MSc. in Pharmacology and Ph.D in Neuropharmacology from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.