Meet the team

“When our customers succeed, we succeed. That’s what drives OmniActive”

Sanjay Mariwala

Founder and Executive Chairman

With extensive experience in the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries, our management leads and empowers our teams to bring innovative solutions to market. By focusing on strategic growth and a customer-centric approach, they are helping to shape the future of our industry.

Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer

Mark Dewis

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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.

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Chief Commercial Officer

Adam Adelmann

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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.

Chief Finance Officer

Kapil Ahuja

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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.

Chief Innovation Officer

Arun Balakrishnan, Ph.D.

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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.

Chief Operations Officer and Country Head – India

Chaitanya Desai

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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.

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Chief Marketing Officer

Mark Eisenacher

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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.

Chief Human Resource Officer

Akshay Kejriwal

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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

Managing Director and Executive Chairman

Sanjaya Mariwala

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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.

Ketki Bhagwati

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Ketki serves as the Chief Investment Officer in the Financial Institutions Group at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group. Prior to IFC, she worked at the Credit Rating Information Services of India (CRISIL) in Mumbai.

Dhiraj Poddar

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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 Sarwate

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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. D

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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).

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