Believing in positive attitude
SANDHYA NARGUND Senior Manager, Shimadzu, APAC, Singapore
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,