Ranjit Shahani is Country President Novartis India responsible for the overall operations of the Novartis AG Companies in India
He started his career with ICI in India in their businesses of Fibres & Speciality chemicals.  Later, he rose to the position of General Manager with ICI / ZENECA in the U.K., overseeing their Asia Pacific and LatAm operations for their Petrochemicals and Plastics division.
This was followed by a period as CEO at Roche Products Limited, after which he moved to Novartis in India in 1997, following the merger of Sandoz and Ciba-Geigy.
Mr Shahani is President, Organisation of Pharmaceuticals Producers of India (OPPI), an organization he also lead earlier from 2001-2007, is Past President of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, President, Swiss Indian Chamber of Commerce, and was on the Council of the International Federation of Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers Associations (IFPMA, Geneva).  He is a thought leader in the Pharmaceutical Industry and has been actively involved in lobbying for a strong Product Patent law in the country and Data Protection and liberalization of the price control mechanism for Pharmaceuticals.  He has also strongly canvassed for deterrent legislation against counterfeit drugs.
A Mechanical Engineer from IIT Kanpur and MBA from JBIMS, Bombay, was born in Kanpur, India, is married and his wife is a well known educationist and currently also the Sheriff of Mumbai - they have one son - who works with McKinsey in London.


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