Laurus Labs

Board of Directors

Brief Profiles Of The Directors

Dr. M Venu Gopala Rao

Non-Executive Chairman and Independent Director

Born on December 20, 1940, Dr. M V G Rao graduated with a B.Sc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the Andhra University. He also holds a post-graduation degree in Pulp and Paper Technology from the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. He is conferred Honoris Causa by Rohilkhand University, Bareilly in recognition of his signal services towards promotion of closer Industry-Academic Institute ties. Dr. Rao has a rich and varied industry experience in the Pulp and Paper and Bulk Drug Industries. Dr. Rao was the Founder Chairman and Managing Director of Vera Laboratories, an USFDA approved Bulk Drug Manufacturing Unit which got merged with Matrix Laboratories Limited (currently Mylan Laboratories).

The Hyderabad Management Association(HMA) chose Dr. Rao as the “Manager of the Year, 1990” and the Institute of Economic Studies, New Delhi honoured him with its “Lok Shree” and “Udyog Shree” Awards in recognition of his outstanding services, leadership and social commitment. He was named as one of the Top Five Managers of Andhra Pradesh by the Dalal Street Journal, Bombay for Andhra Pradesh region in 1992.

Dr. Satyanarayana Chava

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Satyanarayana Chava is an Executive, whole time Director and the Chief Executive Officer of our Company. He has been a Director of our Company since January 21, 2006. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Science from Andhra University. He was also a research scholar at the College of Science and Technology, Andhra University from 1985 to 1992 and went on to obtain his Ph.D in the year 1992. He has received a honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management. He also holds a post graduate diploma in quality management from the Worldwide Quality Certification and has completed the post graduate programme in management for senior executives from the Indian School of Business. He was featured on the cover page of September 2015 issue of Forbes India and our Company was recognized as one of the 13 hidden gems of India in that issue. During the last 23 years he has worked in various pharmaceutical companies including Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, Vera Laboratories Limited and Vorin Laboratories Limited, especially under the domains of research and development. He was also the Chief Operating Officer at Matrix Laboratories Limited, Hyderabad. He has been determined as inventor in 103 patents or patent applications filed across the world.

Mr. V V Ravi Kumar

Executive Director

Mr. V V Ravi Kumar is an Executive, whole time Director and Chief Financial Officer of our Company. He has been a Director of our Company since November 30, 2006 and is in-charge of finance, human resources function of the company, he has also handled the supply chain management department of our company for a significant time. He holds a bachelors and masters degree in Commerce from Andhra University. He is a member of the ICWAI. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of finance. Prior to joining our Company, he was the Vice President – Finance of Matrix Laboratories Limited.

Mr. Chandrakanth Chereddi

Executive Director Generics FDF & Strategy

Mr. Chandrakanth Chereddi is an Executive full-time Director of our Company since August 9, 2016 and has been associated with our Company since February 10, 2012 and is also involved in strategy and operation of the company. He holds a bachelors degree in Engineering (Computer Science and Engineering) from Osmania University and a masters degree in Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois. He has also completed the post graduate program in Management from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He has over eight years of experience in the field of project management. Prior to joining our Company, he was an associate with McKinsey & Company.

Dr. C V Lakshmana Rao

Executive Director

Dr. C V Lakshmana Rao is one of the Promoters of the Company. He has been associated with the Company for more than a decade and heads Quality function. He holds a Master’s degree in Science and a Ph.D. from Andhra University. Dr. C.V. Lakshmana Rao has over 23 years of experience in quality control, quality assurance and regulatory affairs. He has been involved in formulating and executing the core strategy of our Company. Prior to joining the Company in February 2007, he was associated with Mayne Health Pty Ltd., Australia.

Mr. Narendra Ostawal


Mr. Narendra Ostawal, is a Non-Executive, Nominee Director of our Company. He was nominated to our Board by Bluewater Investments. He is a managing director of Warburg Pincus India Private Limited and is involved in the firm’s investment advisory activities in India. He has been a Director of our Company since October 29, 2014. He holds a post graduate diploma in Management from the Indian Institure of Management, Bangalore. He is also a member of the ICAI. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus India Private Limited, he worked with McKinsey & Company.

Mrs. Aruna Rajendra Bhinge

Independent Director

Mrs. Aruna Rajendra Bhinge is a Non-Executive, Independent Director of our Company. She holds bachelor’s and master's degree in Science from the University of Poona and the University of Bombay, respectively. She also holds a masters degree in Management Studies from the University of Mumbai. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of food security and strategic planning. She was the head of Food Security Agenda, APAC at Syngenta India Limited.

Dr. Rajesh Koshy Chandy

Independent Director

Dr. Rajesh Koshy Chandy is a Non-Executive, Independent Director of our Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Electronics and Communications) from the Madurai Kamraj University, a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He has been a professor of marketing at the London Business School and has held the Tony and Maureen Wheeler Chair in Entrepreneurship at the London Business School.

Mr. Ramesh Subrahmanian

Independent Director

Mr. Ramesh Subrahmanian is a Non-Executive, Independent Director of our Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Bombay. He is also a certified chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He has over 25 years of experience in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and speciality chemicals including 19 years of experience with Sanofi and its predecessor companies (Aventis, HMR, Hoechst AG). He is also the founder and director of Alchemy Advisors, an advisory firm based in Singapore.

Dr. Ravindranath Kancherla

Independent Director

Dr. Ravindranath Kancherla is a world renowned expert in Surgical Gastroenterology and Laparoscopic Surgery and is heading Global Hospitals Group. He developed India’s most comprehensive Hospital dedicated for Gastroenterology and a center to efficiently conduct the complicated procedure of organ transplantation. With extensive experience in surgeries, Dr. Ravindranath has become an authority in liver, pancreatic and bile duct resections, revision gastric surgeries, and reconstructive coloproctology. He has trained over 700 surgeons in laparoscopic procedures.