Sanofi is a global pharmaceutical and life science company that is committed to provide quality products to millions of people around the world by improving the access to healthcare. It treats its patients as partners and serves them throughout the continuum of care right from prevention to treatment. Incorporated in India in the year 1956, it has grown over the years to become one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the country. It has got therapeutic presence in human vaccines, cardiovascular solutions, diabetes, oncology, rare diseases, etc. Its shares are listed on both the Bombay and the National Stock Exchange of India.
Dr. Shailesh Ayyangar with a rich background as a practicing veterinarian in his earlier years and later holding leadership positions at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in India and in Great Britain joined Sanofi as Managing Director in the year 2002 and has helped transformed and grow the business both organically as well as through mergers and acquisitions. With a career spanning 3 decades, he has got wide experience in the pharmaceutical industry. As revealed by a friend working in Sanofi, Dr. Ayyangar has got good emotional connect with people and convincing power that helps him to get his work done easily. He has recently started a start-up in Hyderabad. In 2016, Dr. Ayyangar was conferred with the high French Distinction “Officer of the National Merit” by the Ambassador of France to India in recognition of his outstanding contribution and dedication in promoting education and public health amongst children and other sects of society and in his quest for turning scientific innovations to medical solution. He leads the industry body OPPI (Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers’ of India) representing research based pharmaceutical companies of India. He holds a MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad and the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Gujarat University.