Governing Board Member

Mr.Nihchal Israni was born in Sind (now in Pakistan) in 1929 and migrated to India after partition in 1948.

After completing his Graduation in Economics from Poona University, Mr.Israni joined PFIZER Ltd. as a Commercial Assistant and in 10 years, became their first Indian Managing Director. During his term, Pfizer rose rapidly and became a public Company in India

To gain international experience, Mr.Israni joined Warner-Lambert / Warner-Hindustan Ltd. in 1966 – again as the first Indian Managing Director. He made Warner-Hindustan a public Company and their pharma. the business expanded rapidly. From 1973 – 1980 he was then re-located at Hong Kong and Tokyo as Warner Lambert International’s first Indian Regional President for Asia.

After travelling the world over and successful completion of 15 years with Warner-Lambert International, Mr.Israni decided to return to India at the age of 52 and set up his own professionally managed Pharma. Company – Blue Cross Laboratories Ltd. – with the ambitious goal of making world-class quality commonly used pharmaceuticals and marketing them at 20-40% lower prices which middle-class and weaker sections of society can afford. In fact, even Government price-controlled essential pharma. products are sold by Mr.Israni’s Company at 10-25% lower than controlled prices. This is because of the strict cost and expense controls exercised by Blue Cross and the close cooperation of many raw material suppliers.

Today, Mr.Israni’s Company has two modern Pharma. Plants and employs over 2200 young professionals all over India, who are constantly developed and progressing well along with his Company.

Mr.Israni was the President of Indian Drug Manufacturers’ Association (IDMA) for record 3 years. He has received several Life-Time Achievement and other Awards from IDMA, OPPI, Rotary and other professional/business organisations. Mr.Israni is a Board Member of HSNC Board which runs over 20 other well-known Colleges. He is an active Major Donor of Rotary. Mr.Israni supports many worthy causes of poor people in the fields of education, healthcare, skill-development, old age support, etc.

Mr.Israni has two grown-up sons doing well and many happy friends with whom he enjoys a good social life. His hobbies are philanthropy, youth development, fine arts and reading. He is 89 now, maintains good discipline and health and has no plans to retire!