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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....

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,...

Executive Committee

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...

Axel Schleyer, PhD, MBA

CEO & President, Aragen US

Axel Schleyer brings over two decades of industry experience and a deep understanding of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and related technologies, including regulatory,...

Senior Leadership

Lakshman E Rajagopalan, PhD

SVP & Head, Discovery Biology Solutions

Lakshman Rajagopalan has over 20 years of post-PhD experience in academia, large pharma, pharma start-ups and contract research organizations. Prior to...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Jasmeet Singh Kohli

AVP & Head, Manufacturing

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

Amit Kumar Rustagi

VP & Head, Information Technology

Amit Kumar Rustagi joined Aragen in 2014 and heads the information technology function. He brings over two decades of experience across various platforms...

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Malavika Ghosh, PhD

VP, PCET

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

Steven Lang, PhD, MBA

VP, Biologics

Steven Lang is responsible for Aragen’s bioproduction, cell line development and analytical groups. He was earlier with Genentech’s cell culture department...

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...

Srinivas Reddy Mamidi

VP & Global Head, Business Development, Key Accounts

In his role as global head for Key Accounts Business Development, Srinivas Mamidi provides solutions to large pharma needs involving Aragen’s end-to-end...

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...