Dr. Ajit S. Shetty (MSIA ’76)
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director
Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V
Dr. Ajit S. Shetty (MSIA ’76) is Chairman of the Board of Directors and
Managing Director of
Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V., a Flanders-based worldwide pharmaceutical research and production company belonging to Johnson & Johnson. He also serves as president of Global Chemical & Pharmaceutical Operations for Johnson & Johnson of New Brunswick, New Jersey.
A native of Bangalore, India, he spent his early years in Chennai where he did his schooling at Madras Christian College School and graduated from Loyola College in Chennai. He then continued his education in the United Kingdom where he received his B.A. Natural Sciences and his Ph. D. in Metallurgy from Trinity College/Cambridge University. He then went on to receive his MSIA (MBA) from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976.
He joined Janssen Pharmaceutica, Belgium’s largest pharmaceutical company, in 1976 and has held various positions in the company, including President, Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc., Piscataway, USA, from 1986 to 1989, and General Manager - Janssen Animal Health - Belgium (October 1997). He has been Managing Director, Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V., Beerse, Belgium (1999) and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V. (2004).
Closely associated with industry bodies, Dr Shetty has been a Member - Board of Directors of INNOTEK - Geel (since May 1996), Member - Board of Directors of VOKA "Kamer van Koophandel Kempen" - Geel (April 2000), and Member - Board of Directors of VOKA "the Flemish Industry Association" - Antwerp (May 2002). He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of Forum 187, Brussels (April 2006) and was elected as Chairman (May 2006).
Among his awards and honours, he was elected "Manager of the Year – 2004” in Flanders by the by the magazine Trends and the Flemish Management Association (VMA).
He is married to Christine Clerinx, a niece of the founder, the late Dr. Paul Janssen, and lives with his family in Vosselaar.