Bringing a sense of passion and unified purpose
V. Simpson Emmanuel
CEO & Managing Director
Simpson Emmanuel is the CEO & Managing Director of Roche Pharma India, and he is responsible for driving Roche’s long-term, strategic growth objectives and expansion in the region. He champions Roche’s vision of ‘Delivering better outcomes for more patients, faster’ through innovative access programs and partnerships. He joined Roche in September 2014 as Director of Social Impact and Access Innovations in India and today serves on the board of Roche India, Roche India Healthcare Institute, and is an active member of various industry associations like OPPI (Organization of pharmaceutical producers of India) and SICC (Swiss Indian Chamber of Commerce).
Prior to joining Roche, Simpson served as the Director of Virology, HIV and Oncology business at MSD (India). He is also a two time winner of the Marketing Excellence award instituted by OPPI. Simpson holds an MBA in Marketing & Systems, and a Master’s degree in Health Economics from the University of York, UK.
Business Operations Partner, General Manager’s Office and Market Development (Ophthalmology)
Arjun Amirapu is the Chief of Staff to the CEO and serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the CEO’s office. He is also responsible for the market development and launch strategy of Roche’s Ophthalmology franchise in India.
Prior to Roche, Arjun was a part of the CEO’s office at Medikabazaar driving corporate strategy, growth projects and M&A. He has several years of experience in various strategy and planning roles at Lonza Pharma & Biotech, Biocon and Accenture. Arjun has studied MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, he has a Master’s in Science degree in Biotechnology from the University of Warwick, UK and a B.Tech degree in Biotechnology from VIT University, Vellore.
Chief Operating Officer, Maharashtra cluster
Asit has more than 15 years of experience across consulting and Industry across strategy development, implementation process as well as end to end P&L management. In the new transformation, Asit took the role of cluster head-Maharashtra in July 2020. Prior to this he was the strategy head for Roche India and has played a key role in designing the new operating model.
Prior to Roche, Asit has worked in the consulting space and has advised C-suite management of Fortune 500 companies in shaping their business strategy, and solving key business problems. He was a Principal at IQVIA consulting prior to joining Roche and during his stint at IQVIA, Asit helped various clients for market entry strategies like growth strategy, brand building, commercial due diligence, and more. Asit has also worked with Tata Strategic Management group and Alcatel-Lucent. Asit holds an engineering degree from NIT Allahabad and an MBA degree from SPJain Institute of Management and research, Mumbai.
Chief Operating Officer, Gujarat cluster
Bhavesh has joined Roche Pharma India as a Cluster head for Gujarat and he is very passionate about making a meaningful impact for the patients. He has over 18 years of experience in healthcare where he has worked for different therapeutic areas. His last assignment before joining Roche was with Baxter where he was leading the Renal business unit for India and South Asia.
Along with his expertise in managing P&L, Bhavesh brings rich experience of market access strategy, leveraging the matrixed networks within the organization, B2B and distributor driven
market models within the medical devices and pharma industry. In his free time, Bhavesh likes long distance running, traveling, meeting new people, learning about new cultures, reading and playing cricket.
Dr Bruno Jolain
Chief Medical Officer
Dr Bruno Jolain is the Chief Medical Officer of Roche Pharma India, and has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Roche, Bruno worked with BMS and Sanofi in medical, access and leadership positions in France, Canada, China and the Middle-East. He has been with Roche for the last 12 years at Roche Greece affiliate, Region Europe, Chugai in Japan and Global (PD Quality) before joining Roche Products (India) Pvt. Ltd. in January 2020.
In his current role, Bruno leads the regulatory, quality, safety, clinical operations and medical affairs teams, contributing to creating and implementing Roche India’s vision to have an impact on patients in need.
He is a trained Medical Doctor from Paris University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Paris University and a post-graduate Diploma in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University Canada.
Chief Transformation Officer
Camillia Fernando is the Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) for Roche Pharma India. As a CTO Camillia plays a critical role in shaping the future of the organization by strengthening the culture and building agile processes. She works closely with the General Manager, the state cluster teams as well as leadership team to facilitate this transformation journey for the organization. She is responsible for driving the mindset shift in embracing the new ways of working and design solutions to increase effectiveness and collaboration.
Camillia comes with two decades of valuable experience in driving HR digitalisation, Leadership Development and Organizational transformation across colossal brands. Prior to joining Roche she was associated with organizations like Angel One Ltd, ICICI Bank where she led the transformation journey for the organization and successfully spearheaded the organizational transformations.
Chief Operating Officer, Tamil Nadu & Puducherry cluster
Ganesh Nagarajan currently works as a cluster head for Tamil Nadu & Puducherry region. He is an accomplished professional with 32+ years of experience in the healthcare domain. He has worked with all the 3 healthcare med-tech majors, GE, Siemens and Philips in key leadership roles.
He had been with Wipro and GE Healthcare for over 20 years donning multiple leadership roles in sales, distribution, marketing etc. Ganesh led the Ultrasound business in Philips Healthtech and Siemens Healthineers. He was instrumental in creating new strategies with focus on sustainable and profitable growth. Ganesh has successfully grown businesses with a strong purpose driven customer centricity.
Chief Operating Officer, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana cluster
Krishna Reddy is the Chief Operating Officer for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Cluster for Roche Pharma India and is responsible for delivering Roche's business objectives and growth in the 2 states.
He has over 19 years of experience across functions and diverse businesses. Prior to Joining Roche, he was managing the commercial P&L of a Danaher Water Quality business for India, Srilanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. He has worked with GE Healthcare, Punj Lloyd and L&T in the past in operations and business roles.
Krishna is a Naval Architect from Cochin University and completed his PGP from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Chief Operating Officer, Punjab-Chandigarh cluster
Micha Nussbaum is the COO Punjab-Chandigarh at Roche Pharma India where he is responsible for driving Roche’s strategic growth objectives in the Punjab-Chandigarh Cluster, ensuring patient access to the state is expanded in a sustainable way. He joined Roche in November 2014 as Head of Market Access Strategy for Roche Pharma, Brazil. Before this he was responsible for Medical Affairs and Market Access at Roche Diagnostics in Brazil.
Prior to joining Roche, Micha served as assistant to the CEO at Novartis in Switzerland and Head of Marketing and Sales Operations at Novartis Brazil. He has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical sector and in strategy consulting at organizations like Roche, Novartis and McKinsey. Micha holds a MD degree from the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and has also studied MBA from the London Business School (UK).
Chief Legal & Compliance Officer
Prasad Neginhal is the Chief Legal & Compliance Officer in Roche Pharma India. He joined Roche in August 2020 after spending around 5 years with Hindustan Unilever India, where he was leading the legal department for the beauty & personal care segment. He has played an instrumental role in supporting business at Roche during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Apart from this, Prasad worked at GSK Consumer and he is a qualified Lawyer from Karnataka University and Company Secretary who has two decades of diverse experience working with different parts of the country. Prasad strongly believes in striving for a better legal environment and mitigating legal as well as compliance risks in a complex domain such as healthcare.
Cluster Head, Enterprise state
Priti Sharma is the Cluster Head of Enterprise States and is responsible for proactively shaping the health systems in Enterprise clusters by developing innovative, actionable and sustainable access solutions. Priti is also accountable for the overall P&L of the state and building Roche leadership in chosen business areas apart from leading an externally focused, agile cluster-based team with a mindset and culture to make a disproportionate impact on patient lives.
She joined Roche in May 2014 as a Zonal Manager and in the last 8 years have played various roles within the Roche India affiliate. Prior to joining Roche, Priti served as Regional Manager of Renal and Transplant business at Sanofi India Ltd. She has overall 20+ years of experience including 16+ years of leadership experience in the pharmaceutical sector at organizations such as Morepen Labs, Sanat Products, Sanofi and Roche. After completing her graduation in Industrial Chemistry she did her MBA from IMT Ghaziabad and also undertook business transformation strategies program from XLRI Jamshedpur.
Dr Santanu Chattopadhyay
Chief Operating Officer, West Bengal cluster
Dr Santanu Chattopadhyay is the Chief Operating Officer of the West Bengal Cluster. In this role, he is responsible for driving Roche’s long-term, strategic growth objectives and expansion in the state. He joined Roche in October 2020 and prior to joining Roche, Santanu has over three decades of experience in clinical medicine (NHS UK), Pharmaceutical (Johnson &Johnson, UK), Healthcare and Health tech start-ups (Indegene, 1mg) and Hospitals (CK Birla Hospitals and Ovum) in leadership roles.
He founded NationWide a chain of tech-enabled Primary Care clinics and scaled it up to 35+clinics across Bangalore and Delhi/NCR. NationWide won the “Emerging Healthcare Company of the Year '' award at the VC Circle Healthcare Awards.
Santanu was listed as one of the top-25 Healthcare Influencers in India by Healthcare Executive magazine and he holds an MBA from INSEAD, France and MRCP from Royal College of Physicians of London and a Master’s Degree in Internal Medicine from PGIMER, Chandigarh.
Chief Strategy Officer
Sheetal Ranganathan is the Chief Strategy Officer of Roche Pharma India. She champions Roche’s strategic priority of utilizing technology and digital solutions to help deliver medical value along the patient journey by enabling confident decisions, backed with data and insights. She is responsible for driving Roche India’s growth objectives with strategic portfolio planning, digital transformation and value partnerships. Sheetal holds a Master’s in Medical Biotechnology from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi and an MBA from Xavier
Institute of Management. Prior to joining Roche, Sheetal served as the Global Head of Life Sciences and Healthcare business unit of Evalueserve, a global analytics and advisory services firm. She has 20+ years of leadership and consulting experience in India, Europe, US and China.
Chief Corporate Affairs, Communication and CSR Officer
Rajan leads the Corporate Affairs, Communication and CSR functions at Roche Pharma India.
He is responsible for protecting and enhancing Roche’s brand, reputation in the region, drive growth for the business, build preference and engagement for the company across stakeholder groups, and ensure a favorable environment to conduct business through proactive, integrated communication strategies, advocacy efforts, ecosystem shaping programs and issues management. He is also responsible for positioning Roche as an employer of choice by driving employee engagement and culture building efforts.
Prior to joining Roche, Rajan served as the Head of Communications at GE Healthcare, South Asia Region. He has over 20 years of leadership, Communication and External Affairs experience in the Healthcare and Engineering sector at organizations such as GE Healthcare, Abbott, Dr. Reddy’s and ABB. He has been a recipient of multiple awards for communication excellence from bodies like CMO Asia, exchange4media (IPRCCA), Public Relations Council of India and ICAI. Rajan holds an MBA in Marketing & IT from Bangalore University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Media Laws from NALSAR University.
Chief Operating Officer, Delhi & Haryana Cluster
Vinay Subramanian works as Chief Operating Officer- Delhi & Haryana Cluster for Roche Pharma India. He manages the operations for Delhi & Haryana region. He has been a successful sales and marketing management professional with over 20 years of experience in diverse healthcare market segments spanning pharmaceuticals, drug delivery, life care solutions, imaging technology and varied care areas like Oncology and Cardiology. Vinay Subramanian in his earlier role with GE was working towards Identifying and engaging business partners to create new oncology centers and facilitate creation of CCCs (Cancer Care Centers) and day care centers in India and South Asia Region. He received his bachelor’s degree in Science from University of Mysore and graduated from UC Berkeley, from Berkeley Executive Program in Management.
He has also worked with Fortune 500 companies like Becton Dickinson and Pfizer in his earlier roles. Vinay has been recognized for his achievements with many National and International rewards and recognition by companies he was associated with in the past.
Chief Strategy Officer
Vinodkrishna Poyyale works as Chief Operating Officer (Kerala) for Roche Pharma India. He joined Roche as Associate Director - Access Strategy in 2016 and held positions with goals of increasing responsibility such as business unit director and commercial director before moving into current role. Having started a career with IT solution sales, Vinodkrishna has extensively worked in Sales, Marketing and Market Access strategy in Medical Devices & Pharmaceutical industries over a span of 22 years.
During his healthcare tenure, he has worked in various medical specialties such as Oncology, Nephrology, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Diabetology, Neuroradiology, Interventional Radiology, Cardiology and Infectious diseases. He has also been part of a start-up that aimed at providing integrated disease management solutions.
He has done his graduation in business administration and he is also a gold medalist in post graduate course in sales & marketing from XLRI Jamshedpur. In his spare time he likes writing blogs on leadership, people development and other business related topics.