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Indian American CEOs Vas Narasimhan, Punit Renjan attend Trump’s Davos dinner

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Trump hosts a European business delegation on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.

Two Indian American CEOs were among the delegation of business leaders that attended a dinner hosted by President Donald Trump in Davos, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, on Thursday.

Vas Narasimhan, Global Head of Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer for Novartis, and Punit Renjan, CEO of Deloitte, were among the 15-member European business delegation that attended the dinner.

Vas Narasimhan
Vas Narasimhan; photo credit: Novartis.com

Narasimhan has been Global Head of Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer for Novartis since February 2016. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Novartis. One February 1, 2018, he will become Chief Executive Officer of the company.

Narasimhan previously was Global Head of Development for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, overseeing the entire general medicines pipeline.

He has also served as Global Head of the Sandoz Biopharmaceuticals and Oncology Injectables business unit, Global Head of Development for Novartis Vaccines, North America Region Head for Novartis Vaccines, and United States Country President for Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics. Before joining Novartis in 2005, he worked at McKinsey & Company.

Renjan is in his 31st year with the Deloitte organization and became the CEO of Deloitte Global in June 2015. He is also a member of the Deloitte Global Board of Directors. He has also served as Chairman of Deloitte LLP (US member firm) from 2011-2015.

Outside of Deloitte, Punit is a member of the boards of directors at United Way Worldwide (chairman), U.S.-India Business Council (vice chairman), and Japan Society; and is a founding member of the Lincoln Center India Advisory Council.

Trump thanked all the business leaders and urged them to invest in the US. The guests appraised Trump for passing the GOP tax cut bill.

Rajeev Suri, who is the CEO of Nokia, was also present at the dinner.

The US delegation was attended by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, and Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council.


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