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Veterans Unpacked | Length of experience is less valuable than the ability to learn today: Ranjit Shahani

Ranjit Shahani was the country head of Swiss pharmaceutical major Novartis India for close to two decades. He speaks to Moneycontrol on various aspects of his career.

February 28, 2021 / 09:42 AM IST

As Ranjit Shahani was the country head of Swiss pharmaceutical major Novartis India for close to two decades, he led its direction for a diverse portfolio that included eye care, generics, vaccines, diagnostics, OTC and animal health. Prior to that, he worked for Roche Products Indiaas CEO & President and earlier in his career for ICI India and ICI UK.

Shahani who has also taken charge as the president of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce, the Bombay Chamber of Commerce, and the Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India graduated with a bachelors in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, followed by an MBA from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, India, Master of Business Administration . Edited excerpts:

What have you been up to since hanging up your boots?

Clearly for me, bidding adieu to the corporate grind was not about hanging up my boots or going for another traditional second innings - even though there were some very very tempting options. Neither was it going to be about golf and gardening,