CEO & Managing Director
As founder of Hester Biosciences Limited, Rajiv is the visionary of the company. Since the first vaccine was released in 1997, Rajiv has led the Company to become one of the largest animal vaccine producers in Asia. Each year brings Hester to a higher platform with added variety of products and services under his leadership.
In 2016, he was awarded the Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year from Ahmedabad Management Association.
Beyond the work place, Rajiv has an interest in aviation and enjoys discussions on history and politics. He is a strong proponent of Indian culture.
DR. J K PAL
Vice President – R&D
Dr. Pal started his career at Hester in 1997 as Quality Control manager and since 2006, has been the Vice President of R&D at Hester.
His time at Maine Biological Laboratories USA (with whom Hester had earlier collaborated with) coupled with his ability to indigenize the production processes has been a contributing factor towards developing poultry vaccines at Hester. Dr. Pal currently heads a number of projects focused on development of vaccines against chicken diseases and diagnostics kits for animal disease diagnosis.
V C JOSHI
Vice President – Commercial
Joshi has been a major contributor to implementing cost-effective procurements and in the development of efficient commercial capabilities. He is with Hester since 1998.
Joshi’s unparalleled experience of a total 37 years in industry has been a big boost for Hester’s business growth. Furthermore, he has undertaken many training programs from reputed institutes, besides having a Masters in Organic Chemistry and an MBA in Management.
Vice President – Plant Operations
Kajal joined Hester in 2001 in the production department. Subsequently, she has held various positions within Hester, including Head of Production from 2007 and Head of Quality Assurance from 2018. She has brought significant changes in production with respect to capacity, quality, and consistency by re-studying production processes and gap analysis. Kajal also initiated strategic planning of infrastructure, man power and cost containment for consistent outputs. She has been appointed as the Vice President – Plant Operations since April 2019. She also plays an instrumental role towards Hester’s Business Development strategies.
RAJ KUMAR GERA
Vice President – Sales & Marketing
Raj heads the poultry & large animal businesses and has been instrumental in driving Hester’s growth in India and Nepal since 2012. He is also the project head of Hester’s Backyard Livestock Initiatives. His expertise is on innovative product launches, establishing marketing and distribution networks and creating sustainable business plans, which has fuelled Hester’s market growth.
Raj has an overall experience of 24 years in the animal health industry, and has worked with a range of organisations including start-ups and has established companies.
DR. MANISH BHATT
Vice President – Engineering
Having joined Hester in 2007, Dr. Bhatt has a total of over 30 years of engineering experience in fertilizer & chemical plants, oil & gas refineries, water management, design & engineering and biotech plants. He is overall responsible for engineering, which includes projects, utilities and maintenance. Dr. Bhatt has the additional responsibility towards Health & Safety Environment of the manufacturing plants. In his personal capacity, he is on the executive speaker panel of IQPC Dubai and ARMM Pune, and on the advisory panel of IIBMS Mumbai.
Vice President – Information Technology
Sumit has implemented the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system at Hester, enabling the company to become more
time-efficient, besides improving productivity and the supply chain operation operations.
His efforts to establish highly secure reliable network solutions have streamlined Hester’s operations across the country, enhancing business activity. He ensures that Hester stays updated with the latest technologies.
Additionally, Sumit looks after various functions such as IT infrastructure management, data and network security, and application software management. Having joined Hester in 2008, Sumit now has 12 years of experience in various segments of the IT industry.
Vice President – Overseas Operations
Darayus has been associated with Hester since inception. He has played a lead role towards handling new projects within the company. His last assignment was to implement the Nepal project. Having implemented that, he is now heading Hester’s Africa initiative towards developing a distribution network in the African continent.
Darayus has 30 years of experience in administration, HR, IT, media and new project setups. He is a commerce graduate and has educational qualifications from various international institutes.
DR. SURAJIT BAKSI
Assistant Vice President – Quality Operations
Dr. Baksi heads the Quality Operations at Hester, which covers all the aspects that directly or indirectly impact the quality of the products. Having joined Hester in 2015, with a diverse experience in this area and expertise in vaccine testing as per national and international guidelines, Dr. Baksi has been the architect for ensuring quality for the finished products.
Dr. Baksi is renowned for his research on Blue Tongue (BT) Disease at West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, Kolkata, prior to joining Hester. Additionally, he has 21 national and 4 international publications. He is a life member of 18 professional associations and a fellow of the Society of Environmental Sciences and Society for Science.
Assistant Vice President – Sales Operation
Rashmin joined Hester in 1998 as a sales coordinator, and over the years has become an important force in the company.
With over 20 years of experience in sales, planning, forecast of veterinary biological and animal health products, he is a key personnel in the department. His leadership and team-building skills combined with market knowledge have helped drive operational efficiencies and develop innovative plans to meet market demands.
Assistant Vice President – Logistics
Jigar has been a part of the Hester family since 2014 after over 25 years of extensive experience in manufacturing and administrative management. Jigar currently overlooks logistics. He is the driving force behind his team’s reorganizing the logistic operations to increase efficiency and maximizing resource utilization. He has substantially contributed towards reducing logistic costs and delivery time and is currently working on developing a stronger cold chain for transporting temperature sensitive products.
Assistant Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Poultry Healthcare
Mayank heads the sales and marketing of the Poultry Healthcare Division, besides being responsible for new product development. Having joined Hester in 2010 upon completion of his studies, he brought in fresh ideas, leading towards an aggressive business growth strategy. His teamwork and keen eye for initiatives keeps Hester many steps ahead of the industry.
Academically, he is Pharmacy graduate and an MBA with specialisation in Pharmaceutical Management from National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Mohali.
DR. RAHUL SRIVASTAVA
Assistant Vice President – Veterinary Social Business
Dr Rahul Srivastava heads the newly established ‘Veterinary Social Business’ Division at Hester for catering the veterinary product-services needs of smallholder farmers in South Asia and in Africa. His work experience is vast, encompassing working in the private sector in corporates, in government institutes as well as in an international NGO. Academically, he has earned Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVSc- Medicine) from The Indian Veterinary Research Institute and has done his MBA in Agribusiness.
He is an enthusiastic possibilitarian and enjoys dealing with uncertainties and loves adventure travelling.
COL. S P SAVANT (Retd.)
Assistant Vice President – Human Resources
Having joined Hester in 2019, Col. S P Savant (Retd.) holds previous working experience of 35 years. After completing his graduation in Science, he joined the Indian Army.
He is a trained Pilot and a Pilot Instructor with a vast experience in the field. He has been a part of many operations, both as a pilot and with the ground forces. He has received various Army accolades for his work. His tenure with the services has honed his skills in Leadership, Team building, Operational Logistics, Project management, Disaster Management, Change Management, Administration, Training and Human Resource maximisation.
On superannuation from the Army, he attended a General Management Program at IIM, Lucknow.
Senior Manager – Regulatory Affairs
Ritesh brings with him a dynamic experience in Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance. Additionally, he has substantial experience of vaccine & biologicals registration in regulated & emerging markets.
Since his joining Hester in 2012, Ritesh has strengthened the company’s regulatory process for product registrations, specifically for international registrations, which is crucial for Hester’s expanding international businesses. Under his watch, Hester has received WHO-GMP approvals in various countries, besides getting the Indian government’s registration for Hester’s R&D.
Senior Manager – Production
Srutikant has been with Hester since 2005. He has brought considerable improvements in production capacity, in lowering manufacturing cost and has worked successfully towards enforcing strict production schedules. He has been a significant contributor towards adapting management concepts and establishing an effective communication system.
Armed with an M.Sc. in Microbiology, he has got himself trained for materials and supply chain management, has undergone the US FDA / EU GMP trainers qualification certificate course. Additionally he has a diploma in Corporate Communication and Advertising from California State University.
Manager – Sales & Marketing, Animal Healthcare
Having joined Hester in 2014, Raj has a total experience of 7 years of grass-root sales and marketing activities, including front-line sales and product management. His performance driven approach has been a contributing factor towards turning the Animal Healthcare Division into a profit making division, along with a reduction in costs. Under him and his team, Hester has recently increased its territorial reach In India.
Academically, he is a Pharmacy graduate and has done his MBA (Pharma Management) from National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education (NIPER), Mohali.
Manager – Branding & Communication
Priya joined Hester in 2016, after graduating from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. She currently overlooks the rebranding and corporate identity related activities, which includes overall structural branding of the organisation. With her leading this initiative, the rebranding has successfully translated the philosophy and personality of the organisation across all collaterals. Priya is also an integral part of the HR department, primarily to understand human relationships and to work towards developing an integration process for all employees.
She is currently pursuing her Post Graduate from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad in Management for Family Business.