Keval Handa

Promoter Director, Salus Lifecare Pvt. Ltd. Former Managing Director, Pfizer Limited, India Former Non Executive Chairman, Union Bank of India

Managing Director of Pfizer Limited, India from 2005 to 2012. Prior to this, has served as Executive Director – Finance, Pfizer Limited. Also Managing Director of Wyeth Ltd from 2009 to 2012. Former Non Executive Chairman of Union Bank of India, Chairman of Clarriant Chemical Limited and on Board of various companies. Under his leadership, Pfizer India became one of the top ten pharmaceutical companies in India, due to new initiatives and innovative strategies implemented during his term. He constantly challenged the rules of the game – whether it was making Pfizer India the first MNC to enter into the branded generics space in India or explore a unique partnership with the Government to increase access. Building a diverse organization is one of his key focuses. As part of this, he has driven the various teams to hire and retain women colleagues in management and most importantly in sales positions – an initiative unheard of in the Indian pharmaceutical industry. He has managed this by sensitization and developing policies that are women friendly. These initiatives are now case studies and were showcased at a ministerial roundtable held in Turkey. Has diverse experience in Finance, Commercial, Strategy, Business Development, Merger & Acquisition, Banking, Corporate Affairs and he has also experience in sectors like Engineering, Consumer and Project Finance in companies like Schrader Scovill, Hindustan Liver Limited (HLL), Vidyut Blades & State Industrial Investment Corporation of Maharashtra (SICOM),  He is qualified Management Accountant and Company Secretary and has a Masters Degree in Commerce. Has completed the Pfizer Leadership Development Program from Harvard University and the Senior Management Development Program from IIM, Ahmadabad. Has also done a Certificate course on Marketing Strategy from Columbia Business School, New York. He was awarded the ‘India CFO 2004 – Excellence in Finance in an MNC’ by International Market – Assessment Group, the Bharat Shiromani Award in 2007 and the Pharma Leaders – Pharma Professional of the year 2010.