Team Hikal

Hikal is managed by a team of experienced technocrats, chemists and finance professionals.

Jai Hiremath

Jai Hiremath is the Founder and Chairman of Hikal, and has over 36 years of experience in the fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals industry. He developed Hikal into one of the leading global development and manufacturing companies. A Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, he is a 2004 alumnus of Harvard University, USA. His contribution to the industry has been recognized on global forums. In 2005, he was awarded Chemtech Business Leader of the Year Award (Chemicals). Mr. Hiremath is the past President of the Indian Chemical Council (ICC), and the former Chairman of the Chemicals Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He is a board member of Novartis India Ltd and National Safety Council (NSC) of India. He recently retired as a board member of the Drug, Chemical and Associated Technologies Association (DCAT) headquartered in New Jersey, USA.

Baba Kalyani

Baba Kalyani is the Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Forge Limited, the flagship company of the US$ 2.5 billion Kalyani Group. Mr. Kalyani is a mechanical engineer from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Rajasthan. He did his MS at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India, and the Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur (Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor) by the French government for his contributions toward enhancing relations between India and France. Mr. Kalyani is also a member of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and a member of the Advisory Committee of Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany.

Sameer Hiremath

Sameer Hiremath is the President and Joint Managing Director of Hikal Ltd. He oversees the day-today operations of the company which includes Research & Technology, Manufacturing Operations, and Sales & Marketing. He has over 20 years of experience in technical plant operations, business development, and corporate strategy. He has held several key positions at Hikal, including that of Executive Director. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Pune University and an MBA and MS degree in Information Technology from Boston University, USA.

Kannan Unni

Kannan Unni is one of the pioneers in crop protection with over 50 years of experience in the crop protection and animal health industry. Mr. Unni worked in multiple capacities in Hoechst, AgrEvo, Aventis CropScience and Bayer CropScience Group. He was the Chairman and Managing Director of Bilag Industries, a 100% Bayer CropScience-owned company. Mr. Unni has technical and commercial experience in the agricultural and animal health businesses, having worked in a variety of roles. He is a graduate in Agriculture and holds a degree in Business Administration from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, Bombay and a Diploma in Marketing from IMEDE, Switzerland.

Prakash Mehta

Prakash Mehta is the managing partner of Malvi Ranchoddas & Co., Advocates & Solicitors, a leading law firm in Mumbai. He brings extensive experience in corporate and commercial legal matters. Mr Mehta is on the board of several listed and unlisted companies in India. He is a member of the Managing Committee of The Bombay Incorporated Law Society. He holds a degree in law from Mumbai University.

Shivkumar Kheny

Shivkumar Kheny is a seasoned entrepreneur who has rich experience across industries. His business interests include real estate, steel, and infrastructure development. Mr. Kheny is on the board of several reputable companies, some of which are listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Sugandha Hiremath

Sugandha Hiremath has more than 35 years of experience in the financial industry. She is an active participant in the Audit Committee at Hikal and also serves as an independent director on the board of several companies.

Dr Wolfgang Welter

Dr. Wolfgang Welter has over 38 years of experience in the crop protection and fine chemicals industries. Prior to retirement, Dr. Welter was a board member responsible for industrial operations and quality, health, safety, environment at Bayer CropScience AG for six years. He has in-depth experience in manufacturing operations at Aventis CropScience in France.

Dr. Axel Kleemann

Dr. Axel Kleemann has in-depth knowledge and experience in research and development, production, engineering and drug safety. He was the Director of Corporate Organic Research of Degussa AG (now Evonik Industries) for over 10 years. He was appointed a member of the management board of Asta Medica AG with responsibility for research and development, production, engineering and drug safety till 2000. Besides being a board member in various organizations and scientific societies in Germany, Dr. Kleemann is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Protagen AG since 2001, and a member of advisory boards of several biotech and fine chemicals companies. He is the co-author of the standard reference book, Pharmaceutical Substances (5th edition and online version), as well as a member of the editorial board of Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, where he is honorary Professor of Chemistry.

Amit Kalyani

Amit Kalyani is a member of the management board and Executive Director of Bharat Forge Limited (BFL), flagship company of the US$ 2.5 billion Kalyani Group, a global technology-driven leader in metal forming. He is a key member of the company's strategic planning and global business development initiatives. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, USA. He is also a graduate of the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Dr. Axel Kleemann

Dr. Axel Kleemann has in-depth knowledge and experience in research and development, production, engineering and drug safety. He was the Director of Corporate Organic Research of Degussa AG (now Evonik Industries) for over 10 years. He was appointed a member of the management board of Asta Medica AG with responsibility for research and development, production, engineering and drug safety till 2000. Besides being a board member in various organizations and scientific societies in Germany, Dr. Kleemann is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Protagen AG since 2001, and a member of advisory boards of several biotech and fine chemicals companies. He is the co-author of the standard reference book, Pharmaceutical Substances (5th edition and online version), as well as a member of the editorial board of Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, where he is honorary Professor of Chemistry.

Dr. Goverdhan Mehta

Dr. Goverdhan Mehta is a globally recognized organic chemist. He is currently a National Research Professor, Eli Lilly Chair, School of Chemistry at the University of Hyderabad. He holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Pune University and has conducted his post-doctoral research at the Michigan State and the Ohio State universities in the USA. He has been a CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow as well as the Director of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and Vice Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad. He has mentored over a hundred doctoral and post-doctoral students and published nearly 500 research papers. He has over 50 prestigious awards and honors to his credit, nationally and internationally. He has been conferred D.Sc. by over a dozen universities in India and overseas. He was awarded the civilian honor, Padma Shri, in 2000 by the President of India and Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in 2004 by the President of France. Dr. Mehta was conferred the 'Order of Merit-Commander's Cross' (Bundesverdienstkreuz) by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2016. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and several Academies and Societies around the world. He is a former President of the Indian National Science Academy and the International Council for Science (ICSU) and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister of India.

Dr. K. Nagarajan

Dr. K. Nagarajan has over 50 years of experience as a chemistry professional. He has held various positions as Head, Medicinal Chemistry, Ciba Research Center; Director, R&D, of Searle India, among others. He is a recipient of the Bhatnagar Prize in Chemistry and Lifetime Research Award from the Chemical Research Society of India. He spearheads the scientific research initiatives at Hikal. He is associated with several national research institutions such as the Central Drug Research Institute, scientific agencies such as the Department of Biotechnology and projects of the Ministry of Earth Sciences. Dr Nagarajan obtained his B.Sc. (Hons.) in Chemistry from Loyola College, Chennai and Ph.D. from the University of Madras. He is a post-doctoral Fellow from Wayne State University, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, and Zurich University, Switzerland.

Jai Hiremath, Chairman and Managing Director

Jai Hiremath is the Founder of Hikal, and has over 36 years of experience in the fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals industry. He developed Hikal into one of the leading global contract development and manufacturing companies. A Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered accountants in England and Wales, he is a 2004 alumnus of Harvard University, USA. His contribution to the industry has been recognized on global forums. In 2005, he was awarded Chemtech Business Leader of the Year Award (Chemicals). Mr. Hiremath is the past President of the Indian Chemical Council (ICC), and the former Chairman of the Chemicals Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He is a board member of Novartis India Ltd and National Safety Council (NSC) of India. He recently retired as a board member of the Drug, Chemical and Associated Technologies Association (DCAT) headquartered in New Jersey, USA

Sameer Hiremath, President and Joint Managing Director

Sameer Hiremath oversees the day-to-day operations of the company which includes Research & Technology, Manufacturing Operations, and Sales & Marketing. He has over 20 years of experience in technical plant operations, business development, and corporate strategy. He has held several key positions at Hikal, including that of Executive Director. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Pune University and an MBA and MS degree in Information Technology from Boston University, USA.

Sham Wahalekar, Senior Vice President - Finance and Company Secretary

Sham Wahalekar has over 40 years of experience in finance and secretarial functions at Hikal. He has completed his M. Com. (Hons) and holds a degree in Law. He is also a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He has extensive working knowledge of financial management and corporate law. He is responsible for finance, legal compliance, and the corporate secretarial functions at Hikal.

Manoj Mehrotra, President – Pharmaceuticals

Manoj Mehrotra has over 30 years of experience in the fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals industry. He did his B.Tech (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur. In his last assignment at Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, he was the global head of the Custom Pharmaceutical Services (CPS) business. Earlier, Mr Mehrotra worked in companies such as Thermax and SRF Limited. In SRF, his last role was strategizing and growing the fluoro-specialty business. He is responsible for strategy, sales, and operations of the Pharmaceuticals division at Hikal.

Kumar Inamdar, President – Crop Protection

Kumar Inamdar has over 27 years of experience in sales, marketing, procurement, and general administration in the fine chemicals, agrochemicals, and medical device industries. He completed his BE in Chemical Engineering from Gujarat University and MBA from Pune University. He has worked in several companies including Tata Limited, Lupin, and Bilag Industries. At Bilag, he started as a Purchase Manager responsible for procurement and advanced to the role of General Manager for commercial activities with the responsibility of sales and marketing. He was the Managing Director of Bilag from 2007 to 2012. At Hikal, Mr. Inamdar is responsible for the strategy, sales, and operations of the Crop Protection division and also oversees the procurement function for the company.

Dr. Sudhir Nambiar, President – Research & Technology

Sudhir Nambiar has over 26 years of experience in the area of process research, development of APIs, lifecycle management of molecules, process safety, regulatory and technology across several industries. He is a Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of Louisville, Kentucky and he did his post-doctorate from the University of Montreal. He has completed the Senior Leadership program from Harvard Business School. In his last assignment at Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, he was the Senior VP & Global Head of API – R&D. Prior to Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, he was the Managing Director of AstraZeneca India Pvt. Ltd. where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company as well as being accountable for research, business services, governance and administration. At Hikal, Dr Nambiar is responsible for the Research and Technology initiatives with a focus on driving innovation through chemistry.

Anish Swadi, President – Strategy and Business Development

Anish Swadi oversees the Corporate Strategy initiatives at Hikal. He is also responsible for Investor Relations and IT operations. He serves on the board of Rx-360, an international pharmaceutical supply chain consortium. Previously, he worked as an international Financial Portfolio Manager with Merrill Lynch in the US. Mr Swadi holds a Bachelor's degree in International Business and Finance from Ithaca College, New York, USA.

Kumaar Priyaranjan, Head - Human Resources

Kumaar Priyaranjan has over 26 years of experience as a human resources professional. He has worked at Indian Hotels Ltd., Transport Corporation of India Ltd, the RPG Group and Dr. Reddy's Laboratories. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Patna University. He received his PostGraduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from S.P. College of Communication and Management, University of Delhi and completed the Strategic Human Resources Management program from the Ross School of Management, University of Michigan, USA. Mr Priyaranjan brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked in senior positions across several industries in India, and on overseas assignments. He is also an executive coach certified by Gallup, USA. He is responsible for human capital at Hikal.