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.

 
Rehan

Rehan A.Khan
Managing Director, MSD in India

Rehan A. Khan joined MSD in India in January 2020 as Managing Director, India Region. He is responsible for driving MSD’s business in India, in-line with the company’s vision of providing patients access to critical therapies.

Rehan is an accomplished international leader with over 20 years of experience in leading large multinational companies across various markets including India, South Asia, Greater China, Southeast Asia and across Asia Pacific.He has been the President Asia Pacific of DaVita, a NYSE-listed dialysis services provider with presence across 50 cities in Asia.Earlier, Rehan was the MD and Executive Director of Abbott India Ltd, a publicly listed Pharma company.Prior to relocating to Asia, Rehan spent over a decade across Europe and in the US with Novartis, Accenture and with Venture Media LLP.

More recently, Rehan was an entrepreneur and founder of First Penguin Capital, a Dubai & Singapore based early stage fund focused on investing in health and consumer tech startups. He has also been an advisor to and board member of several healthcare companies and private equity funds across Asia and Africa.

Rehan is an alumnus of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and graduated with an MS in Health Sciences from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences – a joint program between Harvard Medical School and MIT.He has an MBA from Drexel University and a BS from the University of Wisconsin.

 
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Neelima Dwivedi
Senior Director, Public Policy, Corporate Communications & Market Access

Neelima is a senior professional with over 25 years of experience in Corporate affairs, Public Policy, CSR & Philanthropy. She has a strong blend of global and local expertise having played an instrumental role in developing government affairs strategies, policy advocacy, reputation management and public private partnerships at PepsiCo, MSD, DuPont & Monsanto where she has served as part of the country leadership team. Her last stint was at Microsoft, where she served as Group Head & Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy and was responsible for driving Policy & Regulatory Affairs for Microsoft India, across all businesses.

Having worked in the challenging environment across these diverse industries, she understands that proactive stakeholder’s engagement, cultivating relationships & Issue Management are the important prerequisite of commercial success. Neelima has driven public private partnership initiatives across several states in India. She has been part of several Govt’s Steering committees such as in Agriculture- 12th Five years plan on Agriculture Extension, & Public Private Partnerships, Doubling Farmer’s income of MOA. She also contributed to Food Processing Committee chaired by Secretary Ministry of Food Processing and led several working groups & Advocacy committees of Industry Associations. She also participated of the national COVID-19 response core committee of Telemedicine.

Neelima has had an earlier stint with MSD India between 2013-2016 as Senior Director, Corporate Affairs. During her earlier stint she also led MSD for Mothers in India which was a multimillion-dollar engagement & partnerships with public health organizations. She also led initiatives across ASEAN countries as a special assignment to support Women Health Business at MSD.

Neelima completed her master’s from Ranchi University.

 
Arun

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.

 
Sameer

Sameer Tamhane
Senior Director – Human Resources Business Partner

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.

 
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Chand Berry
Director – Finance, MSD India

Chand is responsible for the Finance functions within MSD India and provides strong business support while managing projects and initiatives to strengthen the financial environment of MSD India. He is a member of the MSD India Leadership Team.

Prior to this, Chand has served as the Finance Director for MSD Saudi Arabia for three years where he has demonstrated strong leadership in enhancing the financial management processes and internal controls, and successfully implementing the new Finance Operating Model (FOM) and multiple systems, including COMET and Rapid Response.Chand was also responsible for Distribution & Distributor relation management in Saudi Arabia, worked closely with the CTC team for the improvement in the Gross to Net, VAT mitigation, inventory management and the commercial model optimization

Chand joined MSD India in 2009 as the Internal Auditor & Risk Manager, and has held several positions of increasing responsibility. In 2015, Chand was appointed to Finance Director of Animal Health India and subsequently moved to MSD Saudi Arabia in 2017.

Prior to joining MSD, Chand worked for Ranbaxy Ltd., Unichem Laboratories Ltd., Panacea Biotech Ltd. & JCBL Ltd.

Chand is an Accounting Apprentice from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India & Master of Commerce from HNB Garhwal University. He also holds a PGDBA degree from Symbiosis Pune & is a Certified Fraud Examiner from Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, USA
 
Sreedhar

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

Sreedhar currently heads the Procurement function for MSD in India and 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 improving 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.

 
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Muralidhar V Karanam
Director - Legal & Compliance, Office of General Counsel, MSD India

Mr. Muralidhar V. Karanam is the Director – Legal and Country Compliance, India and for the neighboring markets. He joined MSD India in June 2015 with varied domain experience in Legal Affairs, Compliance and Privacy.

He has worked in various MNCs including TCS, Honeywell, Novartis Healthcare, for multiple regions/jurisdictions. His work experience spans across Healthcare, IT/ITES, Automation, Aerospace, Retail and Pharma sectors, in both UK and India. His proven accomplishments include implementing and monitoring strategic decisions as well as negotiating and evaluating value propositions.

Prior to joining MSD 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 United Kingdom. Post his education, he worked in UK with various organizations and institutions, including the Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital, NHS Trust.

 
Manjusha

Dr. Manjusha Gadgil
Director – Strategic Alliances, External manufacturing – Asia Pacific

Dr.Manjusha Gadgil is currently heads the Strategic Alliances, External Manufacturing for Asia Pacific.She is responsible for overseeing end-to-end external manufacturing for MSD across Asia Pacific.She works towards the goal of creating compliant, reliable, efficient and cost-effective supply chains and enabling new business opportunities for the subsidiary.She led several projects across multiple therapy areas through high performance cross functional teams to accomplish the organizational goals in a timely manner.These projects include in-licensing, tech transfers & co-marketing deals through key CMO (contract manufacturing organization) alliances.

Dr.Manjusha joined MSD in India in October 2011 as Senior Manager and has over 25 years of diverse experience in areas of pharmaceutical manufacturing like Research & Development, Quality, Regulatory Affairs, Operations & Project Management including greenfield start-up. Her work experience spans in generics as well as research-oriented multinational pharmaceutical companies.

Dr.Manjusha holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Mumbai University. She also holds an Alliance Management Certification from ASAP.

 
Rahul

Rahul Luthra
Director, Regulatory Affairs-India sub region

Rahul Luthra joined MSD in India in May 2011 and heads Regulatory Affairs India sub region.

Rahul has over 34 years of experience in Pharma Manufacturing, Quality Control, Drug Discovery & Regulatory Affairs. Prior to joining MSD, he worked with various multinational, generic & IT companies in India. He has diversified experience in regulatory affairs for small molecules, biologicals & vaccines, blood products, stem cells medical devise and recombinant drugs.

Rahul holds a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy from the University of Delhi, India and post graduate diploma in business administration from IMS Delhi.

 
Sukriti

Sukriti K. Soni
Director – Vaccines

Sukriti joined MSD in India in 2011 and is the Business Unit Director for Vaccines.She has over 19 years of experience in pharma sales, marketing, strategic planning & commercial leadership, across various TAs including respiratory & infectious diseases, chronic diseases and vaccines.She has a rich experience of leading in diverse markets in Asia Pacific

Prior to her role at MSD in India, she was Business Unit & Strategy Director at MSD in Vietnam & Regional Marketing Director Asia Pacific for Vaccines. Previously, Sukriti has worked at Sanofi Pasteur, Ranbaxy Pharma and Panacea Biotec Ltd.

Sukriti holds a Bachelor's degree in Science (Chemistry Hons.) from Banaras Hindu University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from MAISM in Jaipur.

 
Manjunath

Manjunath Moodbidri
Associate Director – Information Technology (IT)

Manjunath Moodbidri is the India IT Country Leader and is responsible for driving a robust IT strategy by partnering with the country and regional business stakeholders for delivering a digitally enhanced, high-business performance.Manjunath oversees the alignment of the IT deliverables and practices through a collaborative approach with local, regional and global strategies of the organization.

Manjunath was an entrepreneur before his first corporate stint with MSD India.He has over two decades of professional experience in IT across multiple domains such as digital transformation, social media, data analytics, field force productivity, integrated customer engagement and automation of support functions.

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

 
Alok

Alok Sengupta
Director – Business Development

Alok leads Business Development and is responsible for expanding MSD India’s business presence and driving the company’s growth strategy by identifying, evaluating and executing investments and strategic partnerships.Alok also extends Business Development support to countries in South East Asia. He is part of the MSD India Leadership Team.

Alok joins MSD India from Schering Plough where he served as Manager Market Analytics

With over 14 years of experience across Pharma and Biotech industry, Alok’s expertise includes identifying in-organic growth opportunities, execution of Business Development projects across multiple countries, lead teams from diverse functions and execution of specific pan-organization projects.

Alok has worked with PharmARC Analytic Solutions India (an IQVIA Company) and RR Donnelley India Limited.

Alok holds a Master’s degree with Distinction in Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management from IMT Ghaziabad; Executive Certification in Mergers & Acquisitions and Business Analytics from IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Calcutta respectively; Certification in Design Thinking from INSEAD and has completed his Certification in Project Management from Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore.

 
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Dr. Monisha Sharma
Therapeutic Area Head- South East Asia, GCTO

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) and the India Lead for Merck Women’s Network (MWN) in India. She leads a team across South East Asia and oversees end-to-end clinical research activities in the cluster. She is part of MSD India Leadership Team.

Monisha joined MSD India from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, where she worked as a Senior Resident, Department of Pharmacology, and then Pool Officer, Department of Pharmacology, AIIMS, New Delhi.

Monisha’s experience of more than two decades spans both academia and industry. Her key expertise includes strategic/change management initiatives and building and leading high-performance teams.

Monisha is a Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology and has a Master’s degree in Science in Pharmacology from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India. She is a certified Project Management Professional from Project Management Institute, USA and has a Green belt in Lean Six Sigma processes. Monisha has, to her credit, several publications in global peer-reviewed medical journals.