Dy. Managing Director Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals
Dr C Bhaktavatsala Rao holds a B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, an M.Tech. degree in Industrial Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai and a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Management, also from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Dr CB Rao has 34 years of experience in reputed organizations. Dr Rao's expertise, among others, is in strategic planning, business development, production planning, business collaborations, operations and general management.
Dr Rao has several research publications to his credit (including two in book form) and has contributed over 120 papers in leading economic and business journals as well as refereed publications. He has won the Times Research Foundation Award for two years in succession. He has been associated with noted technical and management institutes as an expert resource. Dr Rao has travelled widely to US, Canada, Europe, Korea and Japan on business purposes.
Dr CB Rao is a whole-time director and Deputy Managing Director of Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and was associated with the company from the inception as a member of the Board. Prior to joining Orchid as a whole-time director in August 1998, Dr Rao had a two-decade stint at Ashok Leyland in various capacities and made significant contributions, besides corporate planning, in terms of several strategic collaborations for the company and business initiatives for the company and the Hinduja Group. As the Deputy Managing Director at Orchid, Dr CB Rao played a significant role in Orchid's transformation as an integrated pharmaceutical corporation oriented towards regulated markets with a twin focus on generics and innovation businesses. Dr Rao spearheaded the establishment of multiple global distribution agreements and strategic alliances for the company towards that objective.