Board Of Directors
Our highly experienced Board of Directors
They provide cross-functional governance, strategic business solutions and innovative insights that drive our business. Our Board comprises a healthy mix of entrepreneurs and professionals, both in executive and non-executive roles.
Chairman and Managing Director
Mr. Krishna Prasad Chigurupati is the Promoter of Granules and has more than three decades of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. In 1984, he set up a paracetamol manufacturing facility, which has become one of the world’s reputed manufacturers of paracetamol in the regulated markets. Mr. Prasad pioneered and popularised the concept of Pharmaceutical Formulations Intermediates (PFIs) as a cost-efficient product for global formulations manufacturers.
Mr. Akinepally Arun Rao did his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras and M.S from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA. He is the Executive Director of Akin Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., a formulation manufacturing Company. Mr. Arun Rao is also on the Boards of ESPI Industries and Chemicals Pvt. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of antacids in India and Sanzyme Pvt Ltd a globally known manufacturer of Probiotics. Mr. Arun Rao was an office bearer of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association both at the Central and State level. He is also a member of Executive Committee of the Organization of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, Hyderabad.
Mr. Harsha Chigurupatiholds a Bachelor’s degree of science in business administration from Boston University, USA.He has over 14 years of entrepreneurial experience in marketing, product development, customer relationship management etc. He also has in-depth knowledge and experience in various fields of research and development, clinical trials, regulatory and legal framework navigation, patents and peer review journal publications etc.
Mr. Chigurupati has been with Granules since 2005 and served as CMO from FY 2006-2010, as an Executive Director from FY2010-2015 and as Non-Executive Director from FY2015 to till date. As CMO, he was instrumental in commercializing the Company’s Finished Dosage Division and transitioning the company’s customer base towards brand owners. As an Executive Director, he was responsible for the standalone operation of Granules India and was responsible for the P&L of the company. He holds patents in over 55 countries and has been published in a variety of esteemed peer reviewed journals. He is the creator of a new category of better for you alcoholic beverages referred to as “Functional Spirits”.
Mrs. Uma Devi Chigurupati has rich experience of more than three decades in various fields. Mrs. Uma with Mr. Krishna Prasad Chigurupati had co-founded Triton Laboratories Private Limited in the year 1984, which was later amalgamated with Granules India Limited. Presently, she is spear heading CSR activities and HR initiatives. In addition, Mrs. Chigurupati is the Director of KRSMA Estates Private Limited, one of India’s premier boutique wineries. Under her tenure, she has established a vineyard in Karnataka and has been overseeing the ongoing operations at the site. Mrs. Chigurupati has a post-graduate degree in Botany (soil microbiology) from Nagarjuna University.
Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director
Mr. K. B. Sankar Rao is a post graduate from Andhra University and has rich experience of more than three decades in various domains. Mr. K. B. Sankar Rao was associated with various reputed organizations like Warner Hindustan, Cipla Limited and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited. He has varied experience in the fields of technical operations, quality, supply chain, development & launch of APIs and finished dosages for global markets and business strategy. Mr. K.B. Sankar Rao is also Managing Director of Raje Retail Pvt Ltd, a pharmacy retail chain under the brand name- “My Health Pharmacy” in Hyderabad.
Mr. Arun Sawhney holds Bachelor Degree in commerce from the University of Mumbai and Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IMI. Mr. Sawhney has almost four decades of experience in diverse industries including Software, Rubber, Chemicals, Generic& OTC Pharmaceuticals, where he established new norms of business as well as repeatedly challenged the status quo. In the last position as CEO and Managing Director of Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, Mr. Sawhney successfully led one of the largest mergers in Indian Corporate history. In the past he was also associated with Max-Gb Limited and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd in various capacities. Mr. Sawhney was also a founder member of Indian Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil) and was Chairman of Pharmaceutical Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) during the period 2012-2014. Besides being a Board Member of Granules India Limited, Mr. Sawhney is currently engaged with leading companies in India and Europe in advisory capacity. He is a practicing Executive Coach engaged with executives at CXO levels in India as well as Europe. Mr.Sawhney is also a visiting faculty at IIM-Lucknow for subjects of Leadership &Organisation Behaviour.
Mr. Robert George Cunard holds Bachelor Degree in Arts from the University of Pittsburgh in Business Economics. Mr. Cunard brings more than 25 years of experience in US pharmaceuticals from the perspectives of wholesaler, retailer, and manufacturer.Mr. Cunard is currently an Operating Partner, with HealthEdge Investment Partners, a US healthcare focused private equity fund. Prior to HealthEdge, Mr. Cunard was CEO of AurobindoPharma USA, Inc., the subsidiary of AurobindoPharma Limited. In the past, Mr. Cunard also held important positions in Mylan Laboratories and Teva Pharmaceuticals.
Ms. Jyothi Prasad is an independent consultant in the area of financial advisory services including Mergers & Acquisitions and fund raising.She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Mumbai (GopaldasAdvani College), Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad and a Master of Commerce degree from the University of Madras. She was a CheveningGurukul Scholar at the London School of Economics in 2000.She has more than 30 years of wide-ranging investment banking experience, having worked on diverse assignments both in senior management positions of leading investment banks in India and as an independent consultant since 2008 to the present. She was also associated as an independent consultant with a boutique infrastructure investment advisory firm Iridis Advisory Services for assisting them on certain of their advisory mandates. She is at present, associated as a Senior Advisor with Sparrow Advisory, a boutique provider of PE and M&A advice and is involved in their assignments from time to time.Her primary experience is in the areas of fund raising such as IPOs and Rights Issues, private equity, M&A and advisory transactions for both Indian corporates and foreign corporates. The organizations she has worked for prior to becoming an independent consultant include SBI Capital Markets, Peregrine Capital, NM Rothschild (India) and American Orient Capital Markets in various capacities relating to investment banking/corporate finance.She serves as an Independent Director on the Board of a few companies.