Mr. Ranjit Shahani has served as the Managing Director and Vice Chairman at Novartis India Ltd. from 2001 to 2018. He is a mechanical engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and holds an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai. He started his career with Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in India in their fibers and specialty chemicals businesses. Later, he rose to the position of General Manager with ICI, Zeneca in the U.K., overseeing their Asia Pacific and Latin American 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 India Limited in 1997. Mr. Shahani is President Emeritus of the Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India and President of the Swiss Indian Chamber of Commerce India. He is on the Advisory Council of HSPH India Research Centre, Chairman of JB Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals, and Director on the Boards of Hikal Ltd and Ambuja Cements Ltd.