“When our customers succeed, we succeed. That’s what drives OmniActive”
Founder and Executive Chairman
Mark DewisREAD BIO
Mark is a seasoned leader with nearly three decades of experience in the health, nutrition, flavors and food & beverages sectors. Mark was with International Flavors & Fragrance (IFF) where he spent more than two decades and most recently was President. Mark brings rich experience in leading exceptional teams, driving innovation and delivering customer centricity in the natural product and innovative heath ingredients sectors. Mark also brings experience in delivering value through disruptive M&A.
Mark holds a Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry and Science and is a graduate from University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England.
Adam AdelmannREAD BIO
Adam has nearly two decades of B2B / industry experience. He has worked in leadership positions at companies such as Lonza, Capsugel, Air products and Pfizer. Adam has extensive expertise in business development, strategic growth planning and driving innovation while building and leading high-performing teams.
Adam is a science graduate from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and has studied at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kapil AhujaREAD BIO
Kapil has 20 years of experience, mainly in consumer goods and pharmaceutical business. He has strong expertise in strategy development, analysis and planning, business performance management, corporate finance, cost optimization, M&A, joint ventures management, board governance, shared services and IT transformation. He is joining us from Sentiss Pharma, where he was Global CFO. Prior to that he worked with Cipla and Mondelēz International in various Indian and international roles.
Kapil has an MBA in Finance and Strategy from Manchester Business School in the UK and a Bachelor of Technology from the National Institute of Technology in Calicut, India.
Arun Balakrishnan, Ph.D.READ BIO
With a rich academic, research and business background, Arun heads OmniActive’s R&D efforts. He is primarily responsible for establishing processes for quick turnaround of projects driven by customer needs, developing delivery platforms and improving existing products.
Arun has held positions as a professor/researcher at the Centre for Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai, and as Senior VP for Screening and External Liaison of the natural products division at Piramal Lifesciences. Arun holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Madras.
Chaitanya DesaiREAD BIO
As a seasoned pharmaceutical industry executive with a strong history in managing operations from raw material sourcing to end-product manufacturing, Chaitanya aligns, guides, and leads the operations, business and sales functions of OmniActive’s Specialty Botanicals and Extracts division. Over his almost 40 years of experience, Chaitanya has provided visionary leadership to illustrious corporations such as Cadila Pharmaceuticals, Unimark Remedies, Shasun Drug and Chemical, and Sanmar Specialty Chemicals.
Chaitanya holds a Bachelor of Science diplomas from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai.
Mark EisenacherREAD BIO
Mark brings 15 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry in marketing, sales and business development roles for brands and businesses focused on the health and wellness consumer. He has worked at Ingredion where he served as a Global Marketing Director. Prior to Ingredion, Mark was the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Pyure Brands, a leading natural sweetener company.
Mark received his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and his BA from Wake Forest University.
Akshay KejriwalREAD BIO
With over 15 years of experience, Akshay has helped lead human resources for global commercial operations in various geographical locations for companies such as Cipla, Infosys, and TNT India. Akshay holds special expertise in talent requisition and recruitment, designing performance, bonuses, ESOP plans, and creating HR processes, systems, and infrastructure.
Akshay holds a PGDM, HRD from the Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resources as well as licenses and certifications from IDEO (Insights for Innovation) and Korn Ferry (Job Evaluation Methodology).
Board Of Directors
Sanjaya MariwalaREAD BIO
Sanjaya Mariwala is a seasoned entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in the natural food and supplement ingredients space. He is a founding member of OmniActive and provides strategic and financial oversight and guidance to the company’s global teams. He had served as Managing Director of Kancor Ingredients from 1990 to 2014. Sanjaya’s numerous professional and industrial affiliations include the India Pepper & Spice Trade Association, All India Spices Exporters Forum, Confederation of Indian Industry, Indian Merchant’s Chamber, TIE-The Indus Entrepreneurs and FICCI.
Sanjay holds a degree in tax management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and has completed executive training programs at the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Vishal GuptaREAD BIO
Vishal Gupta is currently the Director at TA Associates. Vishal focuses on investments in technology, healthcare, consumer, business, and financial services companies in India. Prior to TA, Vishal worked at Softbank Vision Fund as an investment director. Vishal earned his Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and his post-graduate program from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Dhiraj PoddarREAD BIO
Dhiraj heads the Indian operations of TA Associates Advisory Pvt. Ltd., focusing on investments in companies in India and other emerging markets. He has advised on over 11 investments across financial services, technology, healthcare and business services. He joined TA in 2010 and has more than 15 years of experience in the private equity industry. He received a degree from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and an MBA Degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Milind SarwateREAD BIO
As an advisor and mentor, Milind has served as Director for several companies including Mahindra Finance, Mindtree, Glenmark, Metropolis, and Matrimony.com. In 2015 he established Increate to leverage his 36 years of experience to help organizations and individuals discover, develop and deliver business and social value.
Leendart Staal, Ph. DREAD BIO
Leendart has held numerous senior level positions within the DSM group: as President and Chief Executive Officer of DSM Nutritional Products from January 2008 to March 2013 and previously as President and Chief Executive Officer of DSM Pharmaceuticals. He has also served as Group Vice President of Quest International and was Chairman of Unipath (a wholly owned subsidiary of Unilever).
Rupa VoraREAD BIO
Rupa Vora is an independent director on corporate boards with more than three decades of experience in finance. She was the Group Director & CFO of IDFC Alternatives for more than a decade, and earlier CFO of the Indian operations of Antwerp Diamond Bank N.V. and KBC Bank N.V. Rupa was also associated with Calyon Bank and Oman International Bank S.A.O.G., and before joining the corporate world, ran an independent practice as a chartered accountant for almost a decade.
Rupa has been conferred with the “Women Leadership Excellence Award” at the IPE – BFSI Awards 2013 by the Institute of Public Enterprise and was featured among India’s 10 most influential women in finance by Rediff.com in 2012. She is a fellow member of the Institute of Directors and a lifetime member of the Independent Director’s Data Bank of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs. Rupa is also a member of CII’s National Committee on Financial Reporting from 2020-2021 to 2022-2023.