Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is our company’s ultimate decision-making body.

The Company has an appropriate mix of Executive Directors (EDs), Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) and Independent Directors (IDs) to maintain the Board’s independence and separate its functioning of governance and management.

Elected by our shareholders, this diverse team has extensive experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. They are responsible for the group’s corporate governance and accountable for its activities, strategy, risk management and financial performance. They remain committed to contributing immensely to our mission of enhancing global healthcare and achieving a sustained increase in corporate value.

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Non-Executive Chairperson

Ms. Shaw is a first-generation entrepreneur with over 44 years of experience in the field of biotechnology. She is a recipient of ‘Padma Shri’ and the ‘Padma Bhushan’ awards. She was also conferred with the highest French distinction – Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion ’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) in 2016. She is ranked #1 in the Business Captains category in Global ‘Medicine Maker Power List’ 2018. Ms. Shaw is the only Indian in the Hurun Global Self-Made Women Billionaires List 2017. She is also the Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon Limited, Independent Director on the Board of Infosys and United Breweries Ltd.

Jonathan Hunt

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan holds a BA (Business Studies & Economics) degree from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom and has done his MBA from Durham University, United Kingdom. He is responsible for leading Syngene’s business operations as well as steering its investments in developing and strengthening its capabilities and capacities. He has more than 25 years of extensive experience in the global biopharmaceuticals industry. Prior to joining Syngene in January 2015, he worked with Astrazeneca for over a decade where he has held various leadership positions including President & Director of Astrazeneca, Austria and President & COO, Astrazeneca India.

John Shaw

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Shaw has a postgraduate degree in Arts (Economic Hons.) in History and Political Economy from Glasgow University, United Kingdom. Currently, he is the Non-Executive Vice-Chairman of Biocon Limited. Before joining Biocon, he worked with Coats Viyella Plc. for 27 years and served as Finance Director and Managing Director of the Coats Viyella group companies. He is also the former Chairman of Madura Coats Limited.

Professor Catherine Rosenberg

Non-Executive Director

Professor Rosenberg received her Diplomed’Ingénieur’ from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications de Bretagne and an M.S. (Computer Science)from the University of California. She also earned a ‘Doctorat en Sciences’ from the Universite de Paris XI. She is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and was elected a Fellow Member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2013. At present, Prof. Rosenberg is the Canada Research Chair in the Future Internet, the Cisco Research Chair in 5G Systems and a professor in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada. At Syngene, Professor Catherine Rosenburg is a member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and Risk Management Committee.

Paul Blackburn

Independent Director

Mr. Blackburn is a graduate in Management Sciences from Warwick University, United Kingdom, and has a professional accounting qualification from Institute of Cost and Management Accountants, United Kingdom. With more than 40 years experience in the field of finance, he worked as senior finance executive at GlaxoSmithKline, UK. Currently, he is also on the Board of Mereo Biopharma Group Plc. At Syngene, Paul Blackburn is a Chairman of Audit Committee and Risk Management Committee, and a member of Stakeholders Relationship Committee.

Dr. Vijay Kuchroo

Independent Director

Dr. Kuchroo has a doctorate in Pathology from the University of Queensland, Australia. He is also the Samuel L. Wasserstrom Professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School, United States, and has 25 patents and over 325 research papers in immunology. He is a Member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of leading pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, Novartis and GSK. He founded five different biotech companies including CoStim Pharmaceuticals and Tempero Pharmaceuticals. At Syngene, Dr. Vijay Kuchroo is a member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and Risk Management Committee.

Vinita Bali

Independent Director

Ms. Bali is a global business leader with extensive experience in leading large companies both in India and overseas. She served as Chief Executive Officer/ MD of Britannia Industries from 2005 to 2014. Prior to that, she worked with eminent multinationals like The Coca- Cola Company and Cadbury Schweppes Plc in a variety of marketing, general management and chief executive roles across the globe. Ms. Bali serves as an advisory board member of PwC India and is a non-executive director on the boards of Smith & Nephew Plc, Bunge Limited and CRISIL. At Syngene, Vinita Bali is a member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and Risk Management Committee.

Carl Decicco

Independent Director

Dr. Carl P. Decicco, Ph.D., serves as the Chief Scientific Officer in Foghorn Therapeutics. Prior to joining Foghorn Therapeutics in 2018, he served as the Head of Discovery at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) and was responsible for the discovery and advancement of drug candidates for clinical studies. He also had oversight of the Drug Safety Evaluation team that provided supporting studies for all levels of clinical investigation. He has 22 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. With his teams, he has delivered over 140 compounds into development, several of which have advanced into late stage clinical testing. He had been part of the BMS leadership team that has achieved 14 NDA’s over the last 10 years. He also serves as a Member of the Advisory Committee at Allied-Bristol Life Sciences, LLC. He completed post-doctoral studies with Professor EJ Corey at Harvard University, was a teaching fellow at the University of British Columbia and obtained his Ph.D. with Professor Gordon Lange in Organic Chemistry from the Guelph-Waterloo Center in Ontario, Canada. At Syngene, Dr. Carl P Decicco is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Sharmila Karve

Independent Director

Ms. Sharmila Abhay Karve is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She retired as audit partner from Price Waterhouse in June 2019. During her tenure in Price Waterhouse, she was an engagement partner with various large and prestigious Indian and multinational clients. She was the first female partner to be elected to the POC and to be appointed as the Chief Ethics Officer. In 2009 she was appointed as the Assurance Leader of the firm and was elevated to the role of Assurance Risk & Quality Leader in April 2012. In her assignment as Global Diversity Leader since December 2016, Ms Karve focused her efforts on bringing more diversity throughout the PwC network. At Syngene, Ms. Sharmila Abhay Karve is a member of the Audit Committee and Risk Management Committee and Chairman of the Stakeholders Relationship Committee.

Skill, expertise and competencies of the Board

The Syngene Board comprises of qualified members who bring with them the required skills, pertinent expertise and competencies which allow them to make effective contribution throughout the year thus being instrumental in the progress and growth of the Company. The key skills, expertise and competencies identified by the Board which they take into consideration while nominating any candidate to serve on the Board are summarised below: