Bengaluru, Oct 19 (IANS): Kedar Upadhye has been appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Biocon Biologics while current CFO, M.B. Chinappa will take on a strategic finance role at Biocon Group. These leadership changes will be effective October 31, stated an official release on Thursday.
M.B. Chinappa has served as CFO of Biocon Biologics since his appointment in January 2020 and has played an integral role in developing business strategy and enabling profitable growth. He has helped secure over $500 million in Private Equity investment and was instrumental in the company’s recent $3 billion+ acquisition of Viatris’ global biosimilars business in 2022 and its strategic vaccines partnership with the Serum Institute of India.
A Biocon veteran, Chinappa joined the Biocon Group in 1999 as a key member of the Finance Leadership Team where he was part of several strategic initiatives including Biocon Limited’s successful IPO in 2004.
Subsequently, he moved to Biocon’s research services subsidiary, Syngene, as the CFO in 2008 where he played a significant role in driving business strategy and growth and oversaw a successful public listing in 2015. He joined Biocon Biologics as the CFO in 2020 and has been instrumental in setting up the finance function and driving several strategic initiatives at the company.
Given Chinappa’s deep understanding and experience at each of the Group Companies’ businesses during his 24-year tenure with Biocon Group, he will be moving to a strategic finance role and will work with Peter Bains, the recently appointed Group CEO, Biocon Limited.
Shreehas Tambe, CEO and Managing Director, Biocon Biologics Ltd, said “I would like to thank Chinappa for his immense contribution to Biocon Biologics over the past 3 years and to the Biocon Group for more than two decades. He has successfully built a strong foundation of fiscal prudence, financial governance and risk management. Chinappa has played an invaluable role in the multi-billion-dollar acquisition of Viatris’ global biosimilars business and set up the organisation for success.
"I am delighted to welcome Kedar to Biocon Biologics. He joins us at an inflection point in our journey to become a leading global biosimilars company as we look to consolidate and unlock value in the acquired business. I am confident that he will build further on the strong foundation and with his expertise and experience work closely with all stakeholders to drive growth and deliver on our business goals.”
Peter Bains, Group CEO, Biocon Limited, said “I look forward to working closely with Chinappa in his new role as we look to identify and leverage synergies across the Biocon Group and create further value for all stakeholders. Having worked at all Group Companies, he is uniquely positioned for this role.”
Kedar Upadhye will be joining Biocon Biologics as CFO on October 31, 2023. He brings with him over 23 years of experience in senior global leadership roles spanning Corporate Finance, Strategy, Accounting, FP&A, Business Finance, Governance and Investor Relations at leading Pharma, Energy and FMCG players such as Cipla, Dr. Reddy’s, PepsiCo, and Thermax.
Kedar Upadhye, the newly appointed CFO, Biocon Biologics Ltd, said “I would like to thank the Board of Directors and Leadership Team of Biocon Biologics for placing their trust in me and I am extremely excited to join the company at an important point in its growth trajectory. I look forward to working with the Biocon Biologics team in an enriching journey to build a global biosimilars business which delivers strong, sustainable and profitable growth.”