Our Leadership

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.

Mahesh Bhalgat, Ph.D

Chief Operating Officer

Mahesh holds a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Utah, the USA, and a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of Mumbai. He has over 25 years of experience in both biotechnology and biologics. Mahesh has worked in different facets of R&D which include analytical development, technology transfer, regulatory sciences and quality. During his career, he has been associated with companies such as Celera Genomics, Molecular Probes, Monsanto and Amgen. Prior to joining Syngene, he was the Chief Operating Officer at Shantha Biotechnics, a Sanofi company, where his responsibilities included operations and long-term strategic planning and development. As Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Executive Committee at Syngene, Mahesh is responsible for operational efficiency, safety, quality and compliance.

Ashu Tandon

Chief Commercial Officer

Ashu holds a BA (Economics) degree from the University of Delhi, India as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in International Marketing from the Delhi School of Economics. He completed his MBA from IMT Ghaziabad, India and has over 20 years experience in the global biopharmaceuticals industry which includes Sales and Account Management leadership across consulting & outsourcing services in Research & Development. Ashu is based out of New Jersey and has global responsibility for Syngene’s commercial activities, including leading the business development team as well as developing new capabilities in marketing, brand building, digital & account management. As a member of the Executive Committee, he plays an important role in driving strategy as it relates to Commercial activities. Prior to joining Syngene, Ashu was at IQVIA (formerly QuintilesIMS), Infosys and Accenture.

Sibaji Biswas

Chief Financial Officer

Sibaji is a certified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from ICFAI and holds a B.Tech from IIT- Kharagpur. With an MBA from University of Calcutta he has also completed Management Development Programs at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad and London Business School. He has over 20 years of extensive experience in finance and related functions. His prior experience includes working with Vodafone (Romania), Vodafone (India), Hutchison Essar Limited, Fascel Limited, and the ABP Group. Prior to joining Syngene, he was the CFO and a member of the Board at Vodafone (Romania). At Syngene, he oversees the finance, supply chain, legal, secretarial and IT functions and as a member of the Executive Committee, he plays an important role in driving strategy, improving profitability, identifying new opportunities, improving cash generation and enabling organizational growth.

Sanjeev Sukumaran

Chief of Staff

Sanjeev is a Mechanical Engineer and holds a management degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode and has done an Executive Leadership Program at INSEAD, Singapore. He has nearly 25 years of experience in the areas of strategic management, business advisory, sales and marketing, business development, client relationship management and team management across a range of sectors including healthcare, life sciences, financial services, software and IT, FMCG, big data, supply chain management, e-commerce and shipping. Prior to joining Syngene, he has held multiple senior level positions at Thomson Reuters and was also the former CEO of Force Fulcrum Solutions Pvt. Ltd. As the Chief of Staff, Sanjeev is a member of the Executive Committee (EC) and is responsible for driving key strategic initiatives across the organisation.

Vinita Shrivastava

Chief Human Resources Officer

Vinita holds a post-graduate degree in Management from Barkatullah University, India and School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University (USA), Vinita has over two decades of experience in the HR domain. Her prior experience includes working with HCL Technologies and Harman International Inc. She was the CHRO for India and Senior Director for Global Mobility at Harman. Prior to joining Syngene, Vinita was the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer at Sasken Technologies Limited leading HR for multiple sites across geographies which included India, US, China, Finland, Japan and the UK. As a member of the Executive Committee and CHRO, Vinita spearheads various innovation led initiatives to strengthen the HR function.

Alok Mehrotra

Chief Quality Officer

Alok holds an M. Tech in Chemical Technology (Food Technology) from Harcourt Butler Technological Institute. He comes with more than 25 years of experience spread across Manufacturing Operations, Quality Assurance, Sustainability/EHS, Production, and Supplier Technical Assurance across varied industries. Over the years, Alok has worked with leading corporates, including Dr. Reddy’s, Reckitt Benckiser, Pepsi Foods Ltd,  Godrej Foods, and Beverages Ltd. In his recent assignment as Head of Global Quality Management at Dr. Reddy’s, he harmonized and integrated Quality management systems Globally and was also responsible for quality from all external suppliers and vendors. As Syngene’s CQO, Alok leads the Quality and Compliance function and will be in charge of initiatives to further strengthen our track record in quality and compliance

Kenneth Barr, Ph.D

Sr. Vice President – Discovery Services

Kenneth holds a Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic/Organometallic Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has pursued his Postdoctoral study in Natural product synthesis from the University of Texas. He has over two decades of experience in the areas of drug discovery for both small and large molecules and has been associated with organisations like Merck, Amplyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Sunesis. Prior to joining Syngene, Kenneth was the Head of R&D Strategic Global Operations at FORMA Therapeutics, where he was responsible for driving research effectiveness through optimisation of internal and external R&D research efforts, providing alliance management for key CRO relationships.

Jan-Olav Henck, Ph.D.

Sr. Vice President – Development Services

Jan-Olav holds a doctoral degree from the Faculty of Natural Science, Leopold-Franzens University, Innsbruck and postdoc from the Department of Chemistry, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He has over two decades of experience across both small and large molecule pharmaceutical development, including API and drug product work from late lead optimization to commercialization. He is also experienced in drug formulation production under cGMP conditions. His prior experience includes working with SSIC Inc and Aptuit LLC. Prior to joining Syngene, he was the Vice President and Head of Formulations Development at Bayer AG. He has over twelve research publications and several patents to his credit. As a member of the Executive Committee, he oversees the development value chain connecting upstream discovery service programs that transition into downstream development programs and support smooth transition into commercial manufacturing.