Nishant Saxena

Nishant Saxena is the CEO - International of Cipla, one of Top 15 generic companies in the world (US$2.6bn revenues, 25000 employees). BU span across Latin America, Europe, North Africa, Asia and Australia.

Formerly, Winner Industry CFO Awards:
a) Young CFO Of the Year
b) Best-in-class High Performance Team

Awarded against 3 year performance as CFO of Cipla SA/SSA. Revenues grew 2-3x market; Profit margins doubled to the highest in pharma; Cash flow and ROIC tripled; receivables went down to half; aggressive cost optimization and so on. Finance moved from an accounting/compliance function to being a strong co-pilot to the business.

On the board of a dozen entities across the world including two listed companies.

Prior to Cipla, Founder-CEO of Elements Akademia. Won World Bank's "High Impact Entrepreneurship" award in Mexico, Profiled as "40 Social Entrepreneurs Making India Better" (Outlook) and "50 Hottest Start-ups" (Business India).

Prior to that, multiple senior roles in Procter & Gamble (World’s largest FMCG company), including Deputy CFO- P&G India and Regional M&A Head.

Consistent Top Performer. Worked as expatriate in: Japan, Philippines, Singapore, India and South Africa, & UAE.

BE, MBA from one of India’s top schools (IIM, NIT). Advanced entrepreneurship course from Chicago Booth.

Other engagements:

  • Board Member, Global P&G Alumni Foundation
  • Board Member, Indian Institute Of Management, Amritsar
  • Venture Investor, Indian Angel Network
  • Author and Speaker, Blog:

Specialties: Proven record as business leader driving top and bottom line growth. Creating a compelling and strategic vision and then driving against it. Experience of leading large, multi cultural and multi geographic teams.