Boyden’s Leadership Series Features Novartis’ Ranjit Shahani
Executive search organization Boyden has released a new issue of its Leadership Series, featuring an in-depth interview with Ranjit Shahani, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Novartis India.
In the interview, Mr Shahani discusses India’s future as a global pharmaceutical innovation centre, balancing profit and social responsibility, building an innovation culture, society’s stake in patents and curbing the fake drugs industry, lessons from Jack Welch on investing in people, and building effective walls between business and personal life.
“We’re delighted to feature Ranjit in Boyden’s Leadership Series and highlight his expertise in successful leadership,” said Trina Gordon, President and CEO of Boyden World Corporation. “Novartis India’s strategy and operations success under Ranjit’s stewardship has been a great achievement and provides very useful lessons for aspiring leaders on the rise.”
“Ranjit’s impressive track record has remarkably impacted the Indian pharmaceutical industry,” added Sushil Gulati, Head of Boyden’s Life Sciences Practice in India. “He brings invaluable insight into the complex challenges and opportunities involving the enormous growth potential in the sector.”
With a career at Novartis spanning 17 years, Mr Shahani is responsible for the overall operations of the Novartis Group of Companies in India and has made a contribution in consolidating Novartis’ pharmaceutical business during the integration phase pre and post the formation of Novartis India Limited.
Mr Shahani is involved in advocacy for the liberalisation of pharmaceutical price controls and legislation to deter counterfeit drugs. As President of the Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI), a position he has held for 10 years, he has been involved in creating awareness of the challenges facing the Indian pharmaceutical industry and how patents can serve as innovation growth drivers.
Mr Shahani previously served as president of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and president of the Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce, and was on the Council of the International Federation of Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers Associations (IFPMA, Geneva). He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, and an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai.
The full interview with Mr Shahani and a sidebar with Boyden’s Mr Gulati on life sciences talent acquisition in India are available at www.boyden.com.
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