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Leadership

Board of Directors

Davinder Singh Brar

Chairman

D S Brar is a life sciences industry veteran, with a career spanning over four decades. Prior to joining Aragen (formerly known as GVK BIO) as Promoter-Chairman, Mr Brar led Ranbaxy...

G V Sanjay Reddy

Vice Chairman

Sanjay Reddy is the Founder-Vice Chairman of Aragen (formerly known as GVK BIO), and a successful entrepreneur with interests in energy, airports, transportation, real estate, and life...

Sahajbir Singh Brar

Director

Sej Brar is a Partner with L.E.K. Consulting’s global healthcare practice. He has over fifteen years of experience in advising leading global biopharma companies and investors in...

G Indira K Reddy

Director

Indira Reddy entered into business in 1986, and has since built a long and successful career as Managing Director and Director of several companies. In 2000, she took charge of TAJGVK...

G V Keshav Reddy

Director

As a Promoter-Director at Aragen, Keshav Reddy leads board-mandated strategic projects in finance, M&A, branding, structuring and vision planning for the company. Mr Reddy started...

Robert R Ruffolo, PhD

Director

Robert Ruffolo is a distinguished scientist, globally recognized for his executive leadership in the pharmaceutical industry. He served as the President of R&D and Senior Vice President...

Gerhard Mayr

Director

After 32 years of service, Gerhard Mayr retired as the Executive Vice President, Pharmaceutical Operations at Eli Lilly and Company, in March 2004. At Eli Lilly, he was responsible...

Rajat Sood

Director

Rajat Sood is a Managing Director in the Asset Management Division at Goldman Sachs, focused on corporate and growth equity investing in India. Mr. Sood joined the Aragen Board in May...

Adam Dawson

Director

Adam Dawson is a Managing Director in the Asset Management Division of Goldman Sachs, where he is responsible for equity investing in the healthcare and consumer sectors across EMEA....

Ajay Srivastava

Director

Ajay Srivastava, has worked with Citibank in the area of Transactional Services and Corporate and Investment Banking for many years. Thereafter, he founded Dimensions Corporate Finance...

Manni Kantipudi

Director & CEO

Manni Kantipudi joined Aragen (formerly known as GVK BIO) in 2007 as President. He is presently CEO and member of the Board of Directors, responsible for the overall growth, strategy,...

Management Team

Manni Kantipudi

Director & CEO

Manni Kantipudi joined Aragen (formerly, GVK BIO) in 2007 as President, and has steered the company into becoming a leading R&D and manufacturing solutions provider to the global...

Sudhir Kumar Singh, PhD

Chief Operating Officer

Sudhir Kumar Singh is responsible for overall strategy implementation, operations, safety, business growth and delivery of India operations. Through the course of his career, he has...

Ramesh Subramanian, PhD

Chief Commercial Officer

Ramesh Subramanian is responsible for global business growth, leading sales, marketing, strategy and the corporate development function. With over 20 years of experience in leadership...

Sachin Dharap

Chief Financial Officer

Sachin Dharap is responsible for corporate finance, business finance, accounting, M&A due diligence, risk management, treasury, taxation, legal and statutory compliances. He has...

Suresh Anubolu

Chief Human Resources Officer

Suresh Anubolu brings more than two decades of experience to the company, and is responsible for envisioning and driving the human resource strategy in support of strategic plans. Under...

Senior Leadership

Discovery Solutions

Simon Haydar

SVP & Head, Integrated Drug Discovery Solutions

Simon Haydar comes with more than two decades of rich experience in leading integrated drug discovery projects. Over the years, he has spearheaded various...

Shanavas Alikunju, PhD

SVP & Head, Discovery Biology Solutions

Shanavas comes with over two decades of cross functional experience and has led several NCE drug discovery & differentiated formulation projects in...

Pratima Srivastava, PhD

VP, Discovery Biology Solutions

Pratima Srivastava has over 21 years of research experience in the fields of molecular biology, drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics and...

Somesh Sharma, PhD

SVP & Head, Discovery Chemistry Solutions

Somesh Sharma has over two decades of experience in medicinal chemistry and chemistry solutions, with several patents and scientific publications to his...

Krishna S Ethiraj, PhD

VP, Discovery Chemistry Solutions

With over two decades of academic and industrial research experience, Krishna Ethiraj has several scientific publications in journals of international...

Development and Manufacturing Solutions

M S M Mujeebur Rahuman, PhD

SVP & Head, Chemical Development Solutions

Mujeebur Rahuman has two decades of expertise in handling NCE process development, CRAMS, generic API development, DMF filing, technology development,...

K M V Narayana Rao, PhD

AVP, Chemical Development Solutions

Narayana Rao has over 25 years of experience in the analytical research activities of both APIs and NCEs, with expertise from method development, coordination...

Sreehari Babu Putchakayala

VP & Head, Formulation Development Solutions

Sreehari Putchakayala has over 18 years of experience in pharmaceutical development, with 12 years in leadership roles covering early phase, drug discovery...

D Vijaya Bharathi, PhD

Vice President & Head, Analytical Solutions

Vijaya Bharathi comes with 23+ years of functional experience in chemical, formulation and bioanalytical research. Over the course of her career, she has...

Ramkumar Esakki

Senior Vice President & Head, Manufacturing Operations and Excellence

Ramkumar comes with over 22 years of rich and varied experience in pharmaceutical industry. His expertise lies in leading strategic level projects with...

Naveen Kumar Annam

VP & Head, Custom Manufacturing Solutions

Naveen Kumar comes with an experience of 28 years across pharma, chemicals and building materials industries. During his professional career, he has steered...

Jasmeet Singh Kohli

Vice President & Head, Manufacturing

Jasmeet Singh Kohli leads operations at Aragen. He brings close to three decades of diverse experience to this position, having previously spearheaded...

Biologics Solutions

Malavika Ghosh, PhD

VP, Pre-clinical Efficacy Testing

Malavika Ghosh heads the Preclinical Research Services Division at Aragen US.  She has been with Aragen US since its inception in 2006, responsible for...

Brent Van Rite, PhD

VP & Head, Cell Culture Manufacturing

Brent comes with a decade long experience in the field of Contract Development and Manufacturing with mammalian and microbial systems and fill finish....

Business Enabling Functions

Swapnil Wadhwa

Chief Digital Officer

Swapnil Wadhwa is responsible for digital transformation and overall technology portfolio viz. digital, analytics, applications, infrastructure and cyber-security....

Nageshwar Rao KV, PhD

VP & Head, Project Management and Operational Excellence

Nageshwar Rao comes with 18 years of experience in R&D, Project Management in CRO and CRAMS business models, Pre-sales, Business development and Business...

Suveer Shrivastava

VP & Head, Corporate QA & Regulatory Affairs

Suveer Shrivastava is responsible for driving the quality, compliance and regulatory functions at Aragen. With over three decades of experience in the...

Ramesh Gambhir

VP & Head, Corporate Services

Ramesh Gambhir has been with Aragen since its inception in 2001, and is responsible for the management and development of the infrastructure, facilities,...

Shivaji Dashrath Jadhav

VP & Head, EHS & Sustainability

Shivaji Jadhav is responsible for driving EHS and sustainability functions across Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Bangalore, at Aragen. He has 25+ years of...

Chandan P Shirbhayye

AVP & Head, Supply Chain

Chandan Shirbhayye has 17+ years of diversified experience across multiple industries, in the areas of supply chain management encompassing procurement,...

Business Development

Brian Shaughnessy

SVP & Head, Business Development, North America

Brian Shaughnessy is responsible for the Sales in North America, supporting client needs involving Aragen’s complete solutions offering in small molecules,...

Srinivas Reddy Mamidi

VP & Global Head, Business Development, Key Accounts

In his current role, Srinivas provides solutions to Large Pharma needs involving Aragen’s end-to-end solutions in Discovery and Development value chain....

Sivaram Venkat

VP & Head, Business Development, ROW

Sivaram Venkat is responsible for business development of our contract manufacturing, formulation and analytical solutions. He has over three decades of...

Sourav Mukherjee, PhD

AVP & Global Head, Business Development, Biologics

Sourav Mukherjee has over 15 years of experience in drug discovery and development strategy, specifically related to the preclinical drug discovery CRO/CDMO...

Alessio Piccoli

Director & Head, Business Development, Europe

Alessio Piccoli leads the sales and business development activities for Europe. He has over twenty years of experience across the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology,...

Takahiro Kuno

Director & Head, Business Development, JAPAC

Takahiro Kuno leads the sales and business development activities for JAPAC. He has over twenty years of experience in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences...