A TEAM THAT IS DRIVEN BY SUCCESS
As one of the biggest players in the pharmaceutical industry, our journey to the top has been steered by our leadership team. With a combined experience of over 30 years, their passion and determination to put customers’ evolving requirements at the center of our innovation have helped us grow, excel, and succeed.
Ajit Singh earned his graduation degree from Cambridge University, UK, and post-graduation degree from Harvard Business School, USA. He currently resides in Mumbai, India, and travels widely to study pharmaceutical and allied industries.
Ajit is the Chairman of the ACG Group (formerly known as the Associated Capsules Group of Companies), which is headquartered in Mumbai. He has played a prominent role in the development of the pharmaceutical and allied industries in India and has served as an executive committee member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), a regional council member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Western Region, and other prominent pharmaceutical associations in India. He has also been conferred with prestigious awards for his contributions and thoughtful leadership to the pharmaceutical industry.
Ajit was a founder-member of the Young Presidents’ Organization – India Chapter and the first Indian to be invited to serve on its international board in the USA.
Jasjit Singh is Vice Chairman at ACG, who along with Ajit Singh, started the Associated Capsules Group in Mumbai in the early 60s. Jasjit Singh has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from London University.
Jasjit has always been interested in technology, particularly relating to machine design. He spends a considerable amount of time at the Group R & D Center, working with a young team of engineers to design new machines, build prototypes and develop new processes. This provides him with a creative outlet and is the foundation on which new businesses have been built.
Jasjit has dozens of patents to his credit. Under his leadership the ACG Group has received innumerable awards worldwide for technology, excellence and social welfare. His other interests include ‘self’ education, reading, music, collecting rare works of arts and helping young contemporary artists, cooking and travelling to different parts of the world, especially with his family.
Jasjit has been actively involved with starting new Forums of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) [8 in all, including 3 Spouses Forums]. He served as the Chairman of the Mumbai Chapter and helped found the Kolkata Chapter before becoming a WPOer (World Presidents’ Organization), where he served as one of their founding Presidents.
Jasjit has received the Vijay Ratna Award for leadership in Industry and Recognition from UNIDO for his contribution to the fields of Pharmaceutical Technology and Environmental Science.
Karan Singh is the Managing Director of ACG Group. He has had a multi-faceted career spanning operations and project management, product development, sales and marketing, and strategic planning.
One of the first major projects he led was the implementation of an ERP solution and SRM to streamline processes and improve efficiencies across the group. In tandem, Karan spearheaded cutting-edge initiatives to drive innovation in pharmaceutical manufacturing, including the use of augmented reality, IoT, and continuous manufacturing processes. He was also instrumental in the development of vegetarian capsules in 2012.
Karan’s vision led to the formation of ACG Inspection Systems, marking the company’s foray into the growing camera inspection and serialization industry. This was followed by the creation of ACG ValueLinks, which brings the world’s best technologies to India for the benefit of our customers.
Karan is strategically involved in all ACG Group businesses and focuses on developing the vision and long-term strategy for growth and market penetration in key markets across the globe.
He takes a keen interest in innovation and new product development along with mergers and acquisitions, collaborations, and partnerships with global companies.
Karan kick-started the ACG NBA Jump program - the first-ever talent hunt for basketball in India - by forming a collaboration between ACG Cares Foundation and the NBA (National Basketball Association).
Richard Stedman leads the ACG Engineering business, which includes PAM, Pampac, APT, and Metalcrafts. He manages the entire engineering business, including products and solutions for granulation, capsule filling, tablet press, tablet coating, blister packing, and cartoning. He is a seasoned executive with extensive experience across multidisciplinary functions and diverse packaging businesses across the globe. His career has spanned engineering, project management, operations, and business leadership roles.
Fun life goal
To motorcycle around the world!
Selwyn Noronha leads the ACG Capsules business and is responsible for ensuring that ACG becomes a preferred partner for global pharmaceutical customers. In his role, Selwyn is responsible for boosting new businesses, increasing market share, brand building, and driving organizational change with the core ACG values.
He is responsible for building the organization, developing his team, and setting comprehensive goals for performance and growth. Selwyn also participates in acquisitions and corporate alliances. Further, he ensures that new products, services, and innovations are developed and nurtured to ensure parity or differentiation with competition.
Fun life goal
To own a soccer team
CEO, Films & Foils
SR Shivshankar leads the ACG Films and Foils business and is responsible for driving the business in terms of top-line revenues and bottom-line results. He has the innate ability to transform business strategies into profits. Shivshankar has rich experience in project management, spanning conceptualization, execution, profit improvement, and quality enhancement initiatives. He is driven to convert strategic planning into concrete, executable, action-oriented processes and to create a performance-centric work culture. He is also responsible for driving the business strategies of the company in line with its vision to become a preferred global supplier of primary barrier packaging material to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Under his leadership, ACG Films & Foils has endeavored to maintain high quality standards in its manufacturing and packaging processes.
Fun life goal
To ride a motorcycle around the country and explore new places.
Ettore Cucchetti is the CEO of ACG Inspection Systems Pvt. Ltd., which includes ACG ValueLinks LLP and ACG Pharma Agents LLP. As a CEO, he deals efficiently with ACG’s business challenges and has the ability to work with iverse cultures and domains for designing and executing strategies for high-tech markets and products.
Developing and deploying the technical, operational, and relational aspects through various ad-hoc solutions, including the use of innovative tools and methodologies, has always been his “cup of tea” (although he actually prefers coffee).
Organizational set-ups, management, sales and marketing, business development, product branding, lobbying, and networking are like second nature for him. Having held key executive positions in public and private companies previously and now as an integral part of the Board Committee, Ettore ensures that the ACG leadership is constantly attuned to the changing market, the competitive environment, new industry possibilities, and expansion opportunities around the globe.
Ettore has an extensive background in account management with some of the top Fortune 500 companies, which has helped him gain experience across different sectors.
Fun life goal
Book tickets for the next available space flight to Mars.
Chief Human Resource Officer
Sunil Jha leads the Group HR function, which includes improving the overall efficiency of human resource processes and straddling both the strategic and operational aspects of the role to bring about a positive business impact. During his tenure with ACG, he has successfully conceptualized and implemented several transformative institution-building Organizational Development interventions. These interventions have helped to create basic HR processes that partner businesses in their strategy formulation, re-engineer business processes, and enhance the professional lives of the staff. These interventions are significant, since they were created in partnership with businesses; thus, they bring about business-centric outcomes and greater ownership of these outcomes by the staff. Sunil feels a deep sense of fulfilment in mentoring the HR teams and business leaders to achieve their career potential.
Another area he is passionate about is social impact. Sunil is responsible for nurturing the ACG Cares Foundation, the CSR arm of ACG. His career philosophy can be summarized in three words – “Love, Lead, and Leave a legacy.”
Fun life goal
People often tell me that I enthrall audiences with “stories of life,” so perhaps I will write a book or, better still, produce or act in a movie!
Chief Financial Officer
Parag Shah is responsible for the overall finance operations at ACG and specifically the treasury, taxation, accounting, and secretarial profiles covering multiple entities in India and abroad. He has led business partnerships for the Capsules, Films & Foils, and Engineering businesses in a manufacturing environment with a view of delivering outstanding results.
Fun life goal
A wildlife enthusiast, I would like to travel frequently to Africa, my favorite continent.
Chief Marketing Officer
Peter Neve leads the marketing function at ACG and is responsible for all aspects of marketing-driven business growth. He focuses on strengthening the ACG brand globally, implementing campaign-based lead generation programs, and increasing our worldwide visibility. A combination of personal conviction, curiosity, and innovation has enabled Peter to consistently deliver stellar marketing results across ACG. Peter is convinced that the secret of good marketing is to have fun doing it.
Fun life goal
To visit as many parts of the country and as many places of interest as possible during the time I am living and working in India.
Nitin K Desai
Chief Commercial Officer
Nitin K Desai is responsible for the commercial function, which covers strategic sourcing, logistics and warehousing, greenfield projects, mergers and acquisitions, and legal support for the entire group.
Nitin leads a team that is focused on procuring all critical raw materials and capital equipment for the entire group. He ensures that the group complies with all laws and that all risks are adequately addressed.
Fun life goal
Reading and Travelling.
CEO Vice President, SciTech Center
Roy Cook leads the multidisciplinary team of specialist engineers at the SciTech Center to provide the best solutions for the solid dose pharmaceutical industry and for issues that our customers encounter. These solutions encompass best practice design methodology, CAE, industrial design, new materials, innovations, and technologies, and adherence to FDA and local legislation. Roy is also responsible for the SciTech Centre’s global project team, which explores and develops innovative projects that are not directly targeted at a platform, but rather, predict industry trends so as to quickly respond to emerging technologies.
Fun life goal
I would have loved to have travelled at supersonic speeds on Concorde. Now, I am looking forward to near-space travel, which I hope will be as exhilarating as it sounds.
Chief Information Officer
Vilas Pujari is responsible for managing information technology (infrastructure, applications, and security) for ACG’s global operations. Within the group, he is the primary evangelist of digital transformation and digital strategy. He has spearheaded several digital transformation initiatives within the ACG group companies. He is responsible for driving the IT strategy in alignment with business strategy to achieve business results and customer delight.
Fun life goal
Exploring nature is a meditation in itself. The feeling of power that you experience rejuvenates your inner self. I would love to learn scuba diving and explore the beauty of the blue ocean and the wonders of the magical aquatic world beneath the waves.