Boyden’s Leadership Series Features Novartis’ Ranjit Shahani

- Vice Chairman of Novartis India discusses building an innovation culture, patent challenges and balancing profit and social responsibility -

MUMBAI, India--()--Boyden, a global leader in executive search, today released a new issue of its Leadership Series, featuring an in-depth interview with Ranjit Shahani, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Novartis India.

“Ranjit’s impressive track record has remarkably impacted the Indian pharmaceutical industry”

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 & 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.”

Mr Shahani has had a successful career with Novartis spanning 17 years. He is responsible for the overall operations of the Novartis Group of Companies in India and has made a significant contribution in consolidating Novartis’ pharmaceutical business during the critical integration phase pre and post the formation of Novartis India Limited.

Mr Shahani is also a key thought leader in the pharmaceutical industry in India and is actively 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 at the forefront 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 is frequently interviewed in print and television media.

Mr Shahani 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

Previous issues of Boyden’s Leadership Series include interviews with Chris Clark, Group Executive, Asia-Pacific at Visa; Noor Menai, President & CEO of CTBC Bank USA; Frank Holder, Chairman of FTI Consulting in Latin America; Paolo Cornetta, Senior Vice President and Group Head of HR of UniCredit SpA; Sandy Gould, Senior Vice President of Talent Acquisition and Development of Yahoo; António Mexia, CEO of EDP-Energias de Portugal; Harald Norvik, a Director of ConocoPhillips and former CEO of Statoil; Stephan Winkelmann, President & CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.; Luís Mira Amaral, CEO of Banco BIC Português; Jeffrey Housenbold, President and CEO of Shutterfly Inc.; Jaime Rivera, CEO of Bladex; Svein Rennemo, Chairman of Statoil; Ümran Beba, Region President for Asia Pacific for PepsiCo; David Gergen, Director of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership and a former presidential advisor; and Robert Reich, currently Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and a former US Secretary of Labor. All are available on Boyden’s website.

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The Boyden Leadership Series is an ongoing publication that highlights the views of high-profile business leaders on issues relevant to leadership, management and talent acquisition. The series’ editors conduct interviews with heads of corporations and other key organisations across the globe to further growth and the exchange of ideas.

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Boyden, a global leader in executive search, today released a new issue of its Leadership Series, featuring an in-depth interview with Ranjit Shahani, Vice Chairman of Novartis Inida.

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