Board of Directors


Dr. BS Ajai Kumar
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. BS Ajai Kumar is the Executive Chairman of HCG. Dr. Ajai Kumar founded HCG to realize his vision of making advanced cancer care accessible to all. He has been the driving force behind HCG’s growth since its inception. He has served as the CEO from 2005 to Jan 2021. Dr. Ajai Kumar’s contribution to the field of cancer care in India as well as his successes as a first-generation physician entrepreneur has been widely recognized. He has been awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the CII Regional Emerging Entrepreneurs Award, and the BC Roy Award by the Indian Science Monitor. He is also a recipient of the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award. Dr. Ajai Kumar has been a practicing oncologist in the US and India for over three decades. He completed his residency training in Radiotherapy from the MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute of the University of Texas, and his residency training in Oncology from the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville. He received his MBBS from the St. Johns Medical College, Bangalore.

Shanker Annaswamy
Non-Executive Independent Director

Shanker Annaswamy is a non-executive, independent director of HCG. He has been a director since February 2015. In the past he has been the managing director of IBM India Private Limited, and the regional general manager of IBM in South Asia. He has also been the president and CEO of GE Medical Systems, South Asia, and the managing director of Wipro-GE Medical Systems. He was an elected member of NASSCOM’s executive council in the past and co-chaired the Confederation of Indian Industry’s National Innovation Mission in 2007. In 2011, Mr. Annaswamy received a leadership award at the Forbes India Leadership Awards. In 2009, Business Week magazine listed him as one of India’s 50 most powerful people. He holds a diploma in Business Management Education from the All India Management Association, New Delhi and a B.E in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Madras University.

Sudhakar Rao
Non-Executive Independent Director

Sudhakar Rao is a non-executive, independent director of HCG. He is a retired Indian Administrative Service Officer and has held several posts in the government including the post of the chief secretary to the government of Karnataka. He has previously been a director on the boards of Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Binani Industries Limited. He has been awarded the Kannada Rajyotsava Award by the Government of Karnataka. He is an M.A from Delhi University and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Abhay Havaldar
Non-Executive Independent Director

Mr. Abhay Prabhakar Havaldar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Mumbai University and a Master’s degree in management from the London Business School. Previously, he was associated with General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm as an Advisory Director. He was instrumental in establishing General Atlantic’s India Office. He possesses a rich experience of investing in the Indian markets, including as a venture capitalist and growth investor. He is also a Shareholder Director at National Stock Exchange of India Ltd.”

Geeta Mathur
Non-Executive Independent Director

Geeta Mathur is an experienced finance professional having worked as a banker both on the asset side and risk side and with large corporate treasuries and investor relations. She started her career with ICICI, where she worked for over 10 years in the field of project, corporate and structured finance as well represented ICICI on the board of reputed companies such as Eicher Motors, Siel Limited etc. She then worked in various capacities in large organizations such as IBM and Emaar MGF across areas of Corporate Finance, Treasury, Risk Management and Investor relations.

She transitioned to the development sector and worked as CFO of Helpage India, one of the largest and oldest national level NPO in India working for the cause of the elderly. She brought about systemic changes in the financial management systems including transition to Oracle ERP and won several awards for presentation and transparency in presentation of Accounts during her tenure.

She currently serves as an independent director in various large organizations across manufacturing and services such as Info edge (India) Limited, Motherson Sumi Ltd, NIIT Limited, IIFL Group. She serves as a member/chairperson of Audit/Nomination and Remuneration and Risk management committee. Exposure to multiple industries disciplines helps her cross pollinate ideas and contribute effectively as a Board member.

She co-chairs the India chapter of Women Corporate Directors Foundation, a global membership organization and community of women corporate directors with a mission is to foster a powerful, trusted community of influential women corporate directors.

Rajagopalan Raghavan
Non-Executive Independent Director

Rajagopalan Raghavan (“Raj Raghavan”) is the Senior Vice President & Head of Human Resources at IndiGo, India’s largest airline by market share. A key member of IndiGo’s Executive Committee, he has responsibility for all aspects of Human Resources including ifly (IndiGo’s Learning Academy), CSR and Administration functions.

Prior to this he was Amazon’s Head of Human Resources (Asia Pacific & Middle East) for their International Consumer Business and Global Technology Development Centers in the region. Earlier, Raj was Head of HR for GE’s Global Research and India Technology Centers. Starting his HR career in the late 80’s, Raj has held several senior HR leadership positions across geographies in Hindustan Unilever, Ford Motor Company and HSBC.

Raj earned his Master’s in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations at Madras School of Social Work, India and is a Global Fellow of The Wharton School in Talent Management.

Siddharth Patel
Non-Executive Non-Independent Director

Siddharth is a Partner at CVC and joined in 2010. Siddharth was based in the London office for seven years in the global TMT team and, as of 2017, is based in Singapore where his responsibilities include CVC India office. Prior to joining CVC, he was with Apax Partners where he spent nine years in the technology and telecommunications team leading or co-leading transactions across the sector. Prior to Apax, he worked at Monitor Company. Siddharth’s previous investment experience in healthcare includes TriZetto, a leading provider of healthcare software and services. Siddharth holds First Class MA and BA Degrees from the University of Oxford

Amit Soni
Non-Executive Non-Independent Director

Amit is a Senior Managing Director of the CVC India team. Prior to joining CVC, he was a principal at General Atlantic where he spent nine years and led the firm’s India investment strategy for internet, business services, software and financial technology. Prior to that Amit worked at 3i, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and McKinsey & Co. Amit’s previous investment in healthcare includes Citius Tech, a leading healthcare IT services provider and MedExpress, leading chain of urgent care centres. Amit holds an MBA from Wharton and a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi

anjali ajaikumar

Ms Anjali Ajaikumar Rossi
Executive Director – Strategy.

Anjali Ajaikumar is a seasoned professional and social entrepreneur with more than 12 years of experience in the healthcare sector with a focus on transforming healthcare system through technological advancements. As the Vice President of Quality and Strategy for HealthCare Global Enterprises Limited (HCG), she has headed quality implementation and strategic growth planning for the network of twenty HCG hospitals nationwide. In this capacity, she has managed the departments of Operational Excellence, Home Health, Nursing and Quality.

Anjali Ajaikumar has built talented teams and actively empowered her staff to pursue continuous advancements in quality of care, organizational efficiency, employee engagement and patient satisfaction. She has been a firm proponent of strategically adopting new technologies that further the mission of delivering superior care and expanding the organization’s capacity to take advantage of the healthcare opportunities of tomorrow.

Anjali Ajaikumar is actively involved in non-profit initiatives of the HCG Foundation, which creates cancer awareness and raises funds for cancer patients who are financially challenged. She is also involved in the International Human Development & Upliftment Academy, a US/Indian NGO dedicated to fostering rural education, empowering women and creating environmental awareness. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Bharath Hospital, located in Mysore.

Anjali Ajaikumar holds an MBA from Babson College, where she earned a degree concentration in Entrepreneurship.She has been associated in the past with Clarkston Consulting as project leader and has also served as a consultant for the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative, an international NGO.