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CBC Corporation (INDIA) Pvt. Ltd.
(Managing Director)

Durgesh Sharma

Durgesh Sharma /
Managing Director of CBC Corporation (INDIA)

Comes from Jaipur (Rajasthan, India).
Schooled at RIMC Dehradun and graduated in Chemistry from Maharaja's College Jaipur. Accomplished a Post-Graduate degree from the University of Lucknow followed by Business Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM-C) in India.
Previous job experience in Wockhardt (Mumbai, India), Orchid, GVK Bio, Dr Reddy's India, Dr Reddy's Japan and Dr Reddy's Laboratories (UK) Ltd. Worked in different businesses and has been responsible for different countries and regions (US, Europe, Africa, Russia, China, and entire Asia including Australia) as part of various assignments.
Joined CBC Tokyo in Dec 2012. Moved to India as Executive Director and Head of the Pharmaceutical business. Currently the Managing Director of CBC India since April 2014.

CBC India is one of the few offices of CBC group that has a presence in a number of different fields and continues to add new business areas. CBC India was incorporated in 2008 and today has businesses in the fields of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, chemical materials including specialty chemicals, security cameras and lenses. CBC India also has a dedicated New Business Development division which is responsible for carrying out market research and identifying new opportunities in various fields including investments. This is in line with our global philosophy of Innovation - Enter a Different World.

While the global pharma business continues to be a key driver, CBC has made investments in the fields of Pharmaceuticals, Agrochemicals, Natural extracts/Nutraceuticals, Logistics, Specialty Chemicals and Medical Devices in India. Besides these, there are several areas which have been identified as New Business Initiatives for CBC India, the key ones being Infrastructure, Nursing care and Innovative Products from Japan to India with a focus on medical devices. We continue to look for opportunities in and from India.

In the last few years, CBC India has localized its operations in line with the thinking of CBC Japan. Local Indian people have been integrated into the company as part of these localization efforts. Today, CBC India hires fresh professionals from top universities and experienced professionals from top companies. Japanese staff comes to India for training and Indian staff is sent to Japan for the same. India as a country has been growing rapidly and CBC wants to play a role in the Indian growth story. The areas of focus for CBC in India have been clearly identified based on the strengths of Indian manufacturing, scientific research talent, the rising middle class, increasing disposable incomes, the increasing focus on health and the need for good quality products.

Indian and Japanese cultures are very different, in fact almost diametrically opposite, so a continuous challenge is to manage expectations on both sides. This requires a lot of handholding of staff (both in Japan and in India) and also continuous interaction with offices in Japan and Worldwide. CBC India has been fortunate enough to be able to do this because of the open-mindedness of CBC Japan and the continuous efforts of the Japanese & Indian staff. This is an ongoing process and we have to work diligently towards achieving it. There are lots of challenges but then there are also lots of opportunities.
Our challenge is to maintain the Japanese philosophy and work on the Indian strengths since this will help us keep our unique position and develop a Niche. We want to be the go-to company when an Indian company wants to cooperate with Japan or when a Japanese company wants to come to India. In some areas we have succeeded and in some areas we still need to work harder.

Going forward, CBC Japan intends to make more investments in India which can support the business globally. We continue to increase business between various CBC subsidiaries and take a leadership role in creating new businesses within and for the CBC Group. We will continue to look for opportunities that can grow CBC India and help making the CBC group more dynamic by building a sustainable organization.

We continue to Dream Together and Grow Together.