BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Last Updated Date: Feb 2, 2022
Munir Shaikh - Chairman

Munir Shaikh

Mr Munir Shaikh joined Abbott in 1968 and has since served in several management positions with Abbott Asia, Latin America and United States including General Manager – Pakistan, General Manager – Caribbean, Director – Business Development, Pacific and Far East, Regional Director – Pacific / Asia / Africa, Regional Director – Southeast Asia / India in the Abbott International Division. He was named Vice President and Regional Director, Southeast Asia / Subcontinent – Korea in 2003 and appointed Divisional Vice President, Southeast Asia / Middle East / Africa, Abbott Nutrition International in June 2005 based in Singapore.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant in English and Wales.

Vivek V Kamath – Managing Director

Vivek V Kamath

Mr. Vivek V Kamath has over 30 years of rich and diversified experience in healthcare, including pharmaceuticals, OTC and diagnostics. He has held several senior leadership positions in various reputed pharmaceutical companies, Indian as well as MNCs, across different geographies and holds strong functional expertise in the areas of strategy, marketing, sales & general management.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr Kamath worked as the General Manager of the Specialty Care business of Abbott Healthcare Private Limited. Prior to Abbott, he has worked with MSD Pharmaceuticals; Roche Diagnostics, India; Novartis, Singapore; Ranbaxy; Pfizer, India; Fulford, India; Wockhardt and Johnson & Johnson.

Vivek holds strong business acumen and has been instrumental in building high performance teams, leading organizational change and driving faster than market growth in sales, profit and productivity across the various companies he has worked with. He has an excellent track record of building megabrands via marketing & sales excellence, transforming operations and partnering with alliance partners, key stakeholders, healthcare professionals as well as diverse trade channels.

He is a science graduate, specializing in microbiology and holds a master’s degree in Management, with a specialization in marketing.

Beyond work, Vivek is passionate about enabling and supporting access to education to the underprivileged. 

Anisha Motwani – Independent Director

Anisha Motwani

Ms Motwani is a Brand and Innovation expert with over 28 years’ experience in Marketing across diverse industries. In her last executive role, she was the Chief Marketing & Digital Officer of Max Life Insurance. She is the Founder and Partner at ‘Storm The Norm’ an innovation company.  She is also the author of Storm the Norm – first-of-its-kind collection of contemporary stories of truly inspiring businesses and brands from India that either wrote or rewrote the norms of their respective industries and brought in unprecedented change and vibrancy.

She is also an Advisor to World Bank and the Max Group. She was voted as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Indian Business by Business Today for three consecutive years since 2009.  Ms Motwani was also recognized amongst the Top 50 Women in Media, Marketing and Advertising by Impact & Colors for 4 consecutive years since 2011. She has been conferred Women at Work Leadership Award 2011 by Asian Confederation of Business, and the Udyog Ratan by the Institute of Economic Studies.

Ms Motwani has been in the forefront of behaviour change projects such as Swacchh Bharat and Clean Ganga Mission. She writes for the Economic Times, Business Standard, India Today and Huffington Post. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Sophia College and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Rajasthan.

Sudarshan Jain – Independent Director

Sudarshan Jain

Mr Jain has a strong passion for healthcare and the education sector and is a veteran in the healthcare business. He has extensive and diversified experience in strategic management, corporate affairs, brand building and overall business operations in healthcare companies. His experience covers Pharmaceutical, OTC, Hospital, Diagnostic and Nutrition businesses.

He has played active role in shaping the healthcare policy and improving access to healthcare in India and has wide industry knowledge and extensive expertise in building market leading brands.

He has served in several leadership positions for over 40 years in the Healthcare industry in various pharma companies such as Lupin, Johnson & Johnson, Piramal, Abbott.

Currently, he is the Secretary-General of the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance, Senior Advisor - Apax Partners and Board member of multiple organizations. He is the Chairman of the Indian Institute of Healthcare Management and Research (IIHMR, Jaipur).

His current Board engagements include Healthium Medtech Limited (Apax portfolio company), Sunshine Holdings PLC, Indian Education Society (IES), Advisory Board of Narsee Monjee University, Mumbai (NMIMS). He is the Visiting Faculty at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

Mr Jain is an alumnus of St. Stephens College, Delhi University and Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

Shalini Kamath – Independent Director

Shalini Kamath

Ms Shalini Kamath has close to three decades of work experience in three distinct fields – Human Resources, Business Development and Social & Community Development and across two continents – India and Africa. She is a certified and practicing ‘CEO & Leadership Coach‘.

Ms Kamath’s Human Resources (HR) career spans close to a decade and half with Group HR Head positions for Chevron Texaco India, Star India, KPMG India and Ambit Holdings. She was a key member of the Executive Leadership Team in each of her assignments. She was a ‘Strategic Partner’ to the businesses in providing business linked people solutions through change, renewal and transformation. In addition, her role in managing the corporate communications function at Ambit Holdings has given her the experience in building a strong corporate brand, both externally and internally.

Prior to her roles in HR, Ms Kamath was the Deputy Marketing Director at Raytheon India. She began her working career in Zambia and Botswana. Over a decade, she worked with the Governments of both the countries on several educational and social & community development projects. She acquired extensive experience in tripartite partnership projects related to community-oriented income generation programs.

Ms Kamath is an MBA graduate from Edinburgh Business School, UK. She has been trained at Harvard Business School in change and transformation. She is an alumnus of CSC Global leadership program and a certified Zenger Folkman Leadership4you trainer & facilitator. 

Ambati Venu – Non-Executive Director

Ambati Venu

Mr Ambati comes with over 24 years of experience with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Limited (GSK Consumer) in various leadership positions across the Indian sub-continent, Middle East, North Africa and Asia. His last role till September 2015 was Regional Vice President & General Manager – Asia, GSK Consumer.

With an extensive background in consumer goods and OTC products, Mr Ambati brings strong business acumen and the ability honed in both developed and emerging markets. Having worked in various regions since joining GSK Consumer in 1992, one of his strongest assets is his ability to excel within diverse socio-cultural environments. Prior to his Asia appointment, he was the Vice President & General Manager for Middle East & North Africa where he spearheaded commercial operations across 17 countries in one of the company’s fastest growing and most complex business environments.

Mr Ambati is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Bhopal.

Kaiyomarz Marfatia – Non-Executive Director

Kaiyomarz Marfatia

Mr Marfatia is a qualified law professional from Government Law College, Mumbai. He has been associated with the Company over the last 20 years and provides strong legal support to Abbott businesses in India. He has played a vital role in the acquisition of various brands and businesses and handled cross functional projects such as manufacturing reconfiguration/optimization and corporate restructuring. He has around 35 years of diverse experience in the Legal and Secretarial field.

Before joining the Company, Mr Marfatia was employed with Siemens India Limited for over 16 years and gained valuable experience in corporate compliance functions, litigation, industrial licensing, foreign collaborations, technology transfer arrangements, distribution arrangements and IPR matters, among others.

Rajiv Sonalker – Whole-time Director

Rajiv Sonalker

Mr Sonalker has over 28 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical, FMCG and Engineering Sectors. Prior to joining Abbott India, he worked with Bristol-Myers Squibb as Director – Finance, Voltas Ltd, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi – Aventis in India and Germany.

He is a fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Sabina Ewing – Non-Executive Director

Sabina Ewing

Ms Ewing is a passionate, transformational global technology leader with over 20 years of experience. She is a champion for delivering 21st century Information Technology organizations that move beyond the back office to Information Technology as a strategic enabler of top line and bottom-line results. Currently, Ms Ewing is acting as a Global CIO, Vice President - Business & Technology Services for Abbott Laboratories, US. Prior to that, she served as the Global Head - Business Technology for Pfizer Upjohn Headquartered in Shanghai, China. She has also served as Vice President for Corporate Functions & Business Services BT, supporting Pfizer’s Human Resources, Legal, Corporate Affairs, Corporate Compliance, and Corporate Aviation divisions, as well as the enterprise-wide Global Support Services Organization.

Ms Ewing holds Bachelor of Science in Commerce (with concentrations in Management Information Systems & Finance) from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Systems and Management from New York University.

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