LEADERSHIP

RAJIV GANDHI
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.


JIGAR SHAH
CFO

Jigar heads the accounts and finance departments. He joined Hester in the year 2000 as Finance Manager and in 5 years got promoted to become the CFO. Being a Chartered Accountant with Law and Commerce degrees, it ensures his expertise in looking after financial planning, internal audits, taxation and secretarial works in Hester. He is also in-charge of investor relations and has been a major contributor towards establishing customer credit policies, MIS and new project planning.

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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.


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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.


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KAJAL PATEL
Vice President – Quality Assurance

Kajal has had a long journey at Hester since 2001. 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. After heading the poultry vaccine manufacturing division for 10 years, she now heads the Quality Assurance department besides being a major contributor 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.

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DR. SHANKAR CHINCHKAR
Vice President – Production

Dr. Chinchkar heads the Biologicals Production Department. He joined Hester in 2010, bringing in with him an experience of over 17 years in biological production. His knowledge and skillsets in process development has helped spearhead Hester’s growth. 
Dr. Chinchkar is a qualified veterinarian with a Masters in Veterinary Science specialisation in Veterinary Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Biotechnology, along with an Executive MBA in Operation Management.


SRUTIKANT NAYAK
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. 

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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.


SUMIT GUPTA
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. 

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MAYANK GAMIT
Assistant Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Poultry Division 

Mayank heads the poultry sales and marketing division, besides being responsible for new product development. Having joined Hester in 2010 upon completion of his studies, Mayank has 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.


RAJ RUGHWANI
Manager – Sales & Marketing, Large Animal Division

Having joined Hester in 2014, Raj has a total experience of 6 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 Large Animal Health 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.

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RASHMIN PATEL
Assistant Vice President – Sales Operation (Large Animal and Poultry)

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 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. 


RITESH PATEL
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.  

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JIGAR DHABALIA
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.


DR. SURAJIT BAKSI
Assistant Vice President – Quality Control

Dr. Baksi heads the Quality Control division, which includes testing of products in laboratory as well as in animals. Having joined Hester in 2015, and equipped rich and diverse experiences 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 and 1 book chapter. He is a life member of 18 professional associations and a fellow of the Society of Environmental Sciences and Society for Science. 

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DARAYUS LAKDAWALLA
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.


PRIYA GANDHI
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.

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