Be­liev­ing in pos­i­tive at­ti­tude

SANDHYA NARGUND Se­nior Man­ager, Shi­madzu, APAC, Sin­ga­pore

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Based in Sin­ga­pore, Sandhya Nargund is cur­rently the Se­nior Man­ager for Shi­madzu APAC. Prior to join­ing Shi­madzu, Sandhya worked in Har­man Finochem Ltd, a lead­ing API in­dus­try in In­dia. Sandhya has nearly 20+ years ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try span­ning across var­i­ous de­part­ments of Qual­ity Con­trol, Qual­ity As­sur­ance, R&D, Val­i­da­tions and USFDA au­dits. Un­der her lead­er­ship, Shi­madzu has re­ceived ‘Frost & Sul­li­van Mass Spectrometry com­pany of year’ award for three con­sec­u­tive years.

In her cur­rent role, Sandhya is re­spon­si­ble for pro­mot­ing Mass Spectrometry and Chro­matog­ra­phy prod­ucts in South East Asia, South Asia and In­dia, arranging prod­uct launches and pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal support to Sales team in re­gion.

Speak­ing about her early days with Shi­madzu, Sandhya, said, “My ca­reer jour­ney is very un­usual and in­ter­est­ing, with many un­ex­pected changes. I changed from a rou­tine pharma chemist to mar­ket­ing man­ager of a global ven­dor com­pany so ob­vi­ously there is lot of learn­ing in­volved at ev­ery turn. It was risk to change the job scope which is to­tally dif­fer­ent. How­ever, ev­ery time the change was for bet­ter and scope of job only got widened. The most en­joy­able jour­ney was in my cur­rent job from prod­uct spe­cial­ist to Se­nior Man­ager in just 7 years.”

Sandhya joined Shi­madzu in year 2010 as ‘Prod­uct Spe­cial­ist for MS’ and the role in­volved tech­ni­cal mar­ket­ing of Mass Spectrometry prod­ucts in South East Asia, South Asia and

In­dia. “This was to­tally new role and in­volved lot of new re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” says Sandhya. “It was a new challenge to suc­cess­fully launch the new Triple quadrupole Mass Spec­trom­e­ter in the mar­ket where the com­pe­ti­tion was very strong.”

Shar­ing her thoughts on gen­der par­ity in the in­dus­try, Sandhya says nowa­days gen­der par­ity has im­proved a lot. “I agree that pharma is still a male dom­i­nated in­dus­try but the num­ber of women lead­ers is def­i­nitely increasing.”

When asked about chal­lenges Sandhya said, “The ma­jor challenge was to prove your com­pe­tency and do not make big is­sue of ‘be­ing women’. Many times, I am a sin­gle woman in group of 20-25 men but mak­ing your­self com­fort­able in such en­vi­ron­ment is a challenge in the be­gin­ning. The support from fam­ily is very cru­cial es­pe­cially from ‘men’ in fam­ily but I am for­tu­nate to have very sup­port­ive fam­ily and prob­a­bly that is the key rea­son I had less chal­lenges. Apart from that, I don’t be­lieve ‘be­ing women’ can stop you from the suc­cess.”

Sandhya be­lieves that pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, passion and pa­tience are the pre req­ui­sites for suc­cess. She adds that though the in­dus­try is ac­cept­ing more women lead­ers, num­ber of women on higher po­si­tions is way be­low men.

She ob­served, “It is still a fact that, al­though women are now fo­cus­ing more in ca­reer but the num­ber of women on higher po­si­tions is way be­low men. I think, tak­ing de­ci­sion and be ready for the con­se­quences is im­por­tant to achieve higher po­si­tions. Many of women hes­i­tate to take de­ci­sion due to fear of be­ing ‘wrong’ or fear of ‘mak­ing mis­take’ but un­less you take this risk, it is not pos­si­ble to climb up in po­si­tion.”

SANDHYA NARGUND Se­nior Man­ager, Shi­madzu,

APAC, Sin­ga­pore

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