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Jayashri Kulkarni

General Manager, Janssen India and South Asia

Executive Sponsor DEI, Johnson & Johnson, India

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Jayashri Kulkarni leads the Janssen India and South Asia organization, the pharmaceutical business for Johnson & Johnson (J&J), India. She is part of J&J India’s President’s Council and Executive Sponsor for the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council for J&J India.

She is a strong business leader with over 25 years of diverse and multi-segment (Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare Consulting and MedTech) experience in healthcare across India and the Asia Pacific in various roles ranging from Sales, Corporate Strategy, Management Consulting, M&A, Business Development, Insights & Analytics and most recently, Commercial/Business Leadership. 

She has worked in MedTech (India and APAC) and pharmaceutical business (India) for J&J India. She joined J&J from Bayer Schering Pharma, where she was leading the Strategy and Business Development function for the country and was part of the Leadership Team for the organization.

Jayashri brings in a solid commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and has held various roles in J&J to drive this effort – Women’s Leadership and Inclusion Employee Resource Group Sponsor (2021 and 2022); Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mentor (DEI) in 2022 and is the Executive Sponsor for DEI in addition to being a Mentor for Women Professionals in several external organizations. She has successfully brought in a structured mentorship program for women leaders - Lighthouse at J&J India and most recently partnered externally to bring together like-minded organizations on a common platform to mentor and sponsor women talent.

She is also a member of the Academic Advisory Council of Goa Institute of Management, which supports the board to ensure that the learning programs designed and delivered are aligned with the current and emergent needs of the industry.

Jayashri is an alumna of the Institute of Chemical Technology (previously known as UDCT), where she completed her Bachelor’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences and is a Postgraduate in Management from SPJIMR (S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research), Mumbai. She has also completed a Young Women’s Leadership Program from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (2012), an Executive Program in Value Measurement in Healthcare from Harvard Business School (2015) and several Leadership Development programs in J&J.

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