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ANI names new CEO

By Sandra Levy - 08/03/2020

ANI Pharmaceuticals has new leadership. The company has named Nikhil Lalwani to the role of president and CEO, effective Sept. 8, 2020.

Lalwani also will be elected to ANI’s board of directors, effective upon his start date.

Lalwani will succeed Patrick Walsh, who will continue to serve as Interim president and CEO until Lalwani joins the company, and who will remain as chairman of the board.

“We are delighted to welcome Nikhil to ANI Pharmaceuticals. With his proven ability to create high-growth cultures and deliver financial results, together with his operational experience in both generics and specialty pharmaceuticals, Nikhil is an ideal choice to lead our next phase of growth and to achieve our corporate objectives,” said  Walsh,  adding, “Nikhil’s track record of building strong performance-based environments and his experience in strategic planning and acquisitions, marketing, P&L optimization, and product development and commercialization, will complement our senior team as we advance our lead product candidate, Cortrophin gel, and pursue additional strategic expansion opportunities."

Lalwani brings over 20 years of pharmaceutical and healthcare industry experience to ANI. He recently served as CEO of Cipla USA. 

“I am delighted to join ANI Pharmaceuticals at an exciting time for the business. ANI has an attractive product mix, a robust pipeline of commercial opportunities, including the Cortrophin gel opportunity, and expansion potential in North American-based contract manufacturing," Lalwani said. "I look forward to working with the board of directors and all of the dedicated employees of ANI to realize the full potential of the company’s diverse products and services, and to ensure access to our cost-effective therapeutics for the patients, physicians and payers we serve."

Lalwani held positions of increasing responsibility while at Cipla, including CEO of InvaGen; head of U.S. strategy, mergers and acquisitions and integration; and head of Cipla’s global respiratory business. In these roles, Lalwani developed and executed multi-year strategic growth plans for key products and facilitated successful acquisitions as Cipla entered the specialty pharmaceutical space.

Prior to Cipla, Lalwani was an associate partner with McKinsey serving pharmaceutical and healthcare companies across the world, and an engineer with Medtronic.

Lalwani earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

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