Obituary Ranjit Shahani

March 11, 2024

Ranjit Shahani
(18-08-1949 – 09-03-2024)

With profound sadness, Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry mourns the loss of Mr. Ranjit Shahani, a former President of the Chamber and a distinguished figure who has left behind his legacy in the realms of industry, commerce, and pharmaceuticals. Mr. Shahani, aged 73, passed away on March 9, 2024, leaving behind a void that will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing him.


Born on August 18, 1949, Mr. Shahani embarked on a remarkable journey that intertwined his passion for innovation with his dedication to societal progress. His tenure as the Past President (2007-08) of the Bombay Chamber exemplified his visionary leadership, as he adeptly guided various committees towards fostering collaboration among diverse stakeholders for the advancement of industry.


Mr. Shahani’s illustrious career spanned over two decades at Novartis India, where he served as Vice Chairman and Managing Director from 1997 to 2017. Prior to this, he held pivotal roles at Roche Products India and Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), both in India and the UK. He also assumed leadership positions in organisations such as the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and the Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India.


Recognised as a trailblazer and thought leader, Mr. Shahani advocated for the strengthening of intellectual property rights, data protection, and the liberalisation of pharmaceutical pricing mechanisms in India.


Mr. Shahani graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from IIT-Kanpur, followed by an MBA from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai. With his innate ability to inspire and mentor others, Mr Shahani has left behind an indelible mark on all those fortunate enough to cross his path.


May his soul Rest in Peace.

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