MANAGEMENT TEAM

Last Updated Date: Feb 2, 2022
Vivek V Kamath – Managing Director

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. 

Rajiv Sonalker – CFO and Whole-time Director

Rajiv joined as Director - Finance in November 2006 and has 29 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical, FMCG and Engineering sectors.  Prior to joining Abbott India, he worked with Bristol-Myers Squibb as Director – Finance.  Rajiv has also worked with Voltas Ltd, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi - Aventis in India and Germany.  Rajiv has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Bombay and is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Krupa Anandpara – Associate Director - Secretarial & Company Secretary

Krupa joined as Company Secretary in 2006 and was subsequently appointed as Associate Director – Secretarial & Company Secretary. She has over 16 years of experience in handling secretarial compliance with companies such as Borosil Glass Works Limited and Wimco Limited.  Krupa is a Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and has a Law degree from Mumbai University.  Krupa obtained Post Graduate Diploma in Securities Laws from Government Law College, Mumbai.

 

Shantaprasad Nagarmath - Commercial Director – Gennext, Vaccines and Udaan (Rural Healthcare Business)

Shantaprasad has over 17 years of experience in Consumer, Ed Tech and Pharmaceuticals across blue chip global MNCs organizations. He has handled leadership roles across Sales, Marketing, Margin improvement projects, Strategic Planning and Innovation. Prior to joining Abbott India, he led the Pediatric business acceleration at Abbott Nutrition India. He took over as a Business Unit Head for GI Prima in January 2019. Under his leadership, the business has consistently delivered strong performance year on year, market beating growth and successful launch of innovative launches towards building the right portfolio. He pioneered the launch of Gutfit, a first of it’s kind integrated pill+service that has received external recognition.

Prior to joining Abbott India, Shanta has worked with H.J.Heinz, XSEED Education and Abbott Nutrition. Shanta holds Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Mumbai.

T Ramakrishna Prasad - Commercial Director - Specialty Care

Mr Prasad has over 22 years of diverse experience in the area of Supplychain, Sales and Marketing.  He joined Abbott in August 2004 and since then has successfully served multiple roles in the areas of Supply Chain, Sales and International Business. In July 2017, he took over as Associate Director of GenNext division and has been instrumental in transforming this complex multi-therapy business and bringing in performance excellence.  After a long period of around three years, GenNext business exceeded the plan in 2018 and is positioned to close 2019 with a strong performance.

 

Prateek Gupta - Director - Commercial Excellence

Prateek has over 15 years of rich experience in B2B and B2C sales and marketing across pharma, consumer goods and financial services. His functional expertise includes digital, new business build, JV/partnership strategy and large project management. Prior to joining Abbott, he was Head of Strategy & Business Development at Aditya Birla Finance Limited. Prateek also worked for ten years with the Boston Consulting Group (India), where he led top management strategy consulting engagements. He started his professional career as an Applications Developer at Oracle India.

Prateek holds a B. Tech from IIT Kanpur and a PGDM from IIM Bangalore. His key professional internships were with Lehman Brothers Hong Kong, TU Munich Germany and TU Kaiserslautern Germany, respectively.

Kunal Chowdhury - Commercial Director - GI Businesses

Kunal joined Abbott India limited in May, 1996 . He has transitioned through multiple roles in Sales and Marketing and advanced to leadership roles in both the functions. He has been instrumental in leading many business transformation in his previous assignments including launch of new business unit, brand transition to OTC, setting up of Task Force and Activation teams  as well as  scaling up of businesses.

Kunal holds a certification in Marketing from IIM Calcutta and have completed his Bachelor’s degree in Botany, Zoology and Chemistry  from University of North Bengal.

Sridhar Kadangode – Director - Finance

Sridhar has worked with Abbott Healthcare Private Limited, Nutrition Division and was part of the core management team which evolved the Path to Profitability for the Nutrition Business of the Company. He has been part of some of the key business projects linked to Demonetization and Distributor Optimization.

 

Sridhar has over 20 years’ of experience and started his professional career with Britannia Industries. He then moved to Danone where he had multiple assignments overseas (Singapore, US, Malaysia, South Africa) before moving back to India in 2011. He has handled Finance, Supply Chain and Procurement functions in his last assignment in Danone prior to joining Abbott Healthcare in 2014.

 

Sridhar is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant. 

 

Jejoe Karankumar - Director - Medical Affairs

Jejoe joined Abbott Healthcare Private Limited in March 2016 as Associate Director – Medical Affairs, Specialty Care Division. In this role, he contributed in identifying new molecules and LCM ideas from an I&D perspective. Proposing, reviewing and approving clinical studies to support therapies, presentations in SEC meets for approval of BE studies like Itraconazole, Clonazepam, Ivabradine and clinical studies (Phase 3: Ivabradine; Phase 4: Gluformini, Acitrom). Jejoe has been a key contributor in identifying 12 clinical studies, 8 consensus documents, 2 therapy-based patient profiles, 9 publications in medical journals including 4 poster/paper presentation in National scientific conferences. Subsequently, he got promoted in April 2021 as Director – Medical Affairs, Specialty Care Division.

Prior to joining Abbott, Jejoe was associated with Ranbaxy Daiichi Sankyo as their Medical Director.

Namita Shah - Associate Director - New Product Introductions and Therapy Area Strategy

Namita joined the Company in October 2021 as Associate Director - New Product Introductions and Therapy Area Strategy. She is a result oriented pharmaceutical professional with an enriching experience of over 25 years in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare business. After successfully heading marketing teams in various pharmaceutical companies, she has also taken up strategic marketing role. She is an adept at mentoring and driving a team to realize the objectives of a company. Proven ability in sales, marketing, portfolio management, strategizing, strategy implementation, business development, new introductions, market analysis and customer relationship management with a deep understanding of the pharma sector and excellent cross-functional, communication and interpersonal skills. Prior to joining Abbott, Namita was associated with Sun Pharma as GM Portfolio Management. She has also worked with Wockhardt; Alkem Laboratories; Indoco Remedies; Ipca Labs; Charak Pharma and Lupin Laboratories. She has completed her Bachelor’s in Pharmacy from Mumbai University and Diploma in Management Studies from NMIMS.

Mandar Keskar - Associate Director - Consumer Care

Mandar comes from a rich consumer marketing background. He worked with Perfetti vanMelle for more than 17 years across sales, marketing and P&L roles, before joining Abbott in 2018. At Abbott, Mandar leads the Consumer Health Business, where he has led a successful transformation in 2019 to deliver market beating growth, while managing a restructuring of the entire team.

 

Rajan Kalantre - Director - Business Human Resources

Rajan has 15 years of experience and is a trusted business partner to business leaders at Abbott. He is recognized for outstanding customer focus and exceptional partnership with leaders equipping them to achieve business goals.

Rajan joined Abbott post his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2006 and has done multiple roles in EPD in his formative years. He was instrumental in integrating Solvay Pharmaceutical with the Company and launching Project Everest in 2011.

Rajan has also worked with Abbott's Devices and Diagnostic businesses in India. He ably supported St. Jude Medical's integration with Abbott and the spin-off Abbott Medical Optics Business with Johnson & Johnson. He took up his current role of Associate Director BHR for Abbott Nutrition business and Corporate Functions of Abbott in India in August 2018. In this role, Rajan has done a stellar job of building talent processes across the Nutrition business.

Rajan holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, formerly Nagpur University.    

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