Cipla Directors

Chief Executive Officer, South Africa

Paul Miller

MBA, MAP, B.Soc Science

Paul Miller is the Chief Executive Officer of Cipla, South Africa. He joined Cipla Medpro in 2013, prior to which he served as the Vice President and Managing Director of Mylan in South Africa and as the Marketing Director of AstraZeneca in China.

With an MBA from the University of Wales, Paul has worked across Europe, Asia and North America before serving in leadership roles in South Africa. He brings with him more than two decades of experience of successfully building and launching innovative brands that became market leaders across therapeutic areas such as cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory and anaesthesia.

Paul is highly regarded as someone who has solid understanding of strategy, building businesses and developing people. Paul is currently spearheading the SAGA region, which comprises South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda (Cipla QCIL) and Cipla Global Access. He’s driving the company’s steady growth momentum in the South African market, considered to be a second home market for Cipla globally.

In his spare time, Paul enjoys competing in triathlons.

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr Nic De Jongh

MBChB (Stellenbosch); B.Sc,Med, Sc.Hons (Pharmacol)

Dr De Jongh has been Cipla Medpro’s Medical Director for 18 years prior to which he garnered extensive experience in the disciplines of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Trauma, Urology, Surgical ICU and Family Practice at Tygerberg Hospital.

Nic has also gained tremendous experience in medico-legal and intellectual property matters and assists in our mission of first-to-market generics by reviewing, challenging and advising on the validity of patents.

Chief Operating Officer

Jacques van Staden

Jacques van Staden is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Cipla Medpro, South Africa’s third largest pharmaceutical manufacturer. Jacques’ career in the pharmaceutical industry spans nearly two and a half decades. He has played an integral role in ensuring the highest standards of compliance and performance at Cipla.

Having started his career at Cipla in 1999 as Medical Representative, Jacques honed his sales and negotiation skills as a Regional Sales Manager, Coastal Sales Manager and eventually Executive Director of Commercial (EDC). Following his appointment as EDC in 2015, Jacques played a crucial role in the successful restructuring of Cipla’s sales and marketing functions. This has in part aided Cipla in becoming one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies in South Africa and developing and leading one of the most dynamic sales forces in South Africa.

Jacques was promoted to the position of COO in April 2017. Having been with Cipla for the last 18 years, his in-depth understanding of Cipla’s inner workings has become an invaluable asset to the company. Today, Jacques’ strong business acumen, natural talent for strategy, passion for developing and empowering people will continue to help drive Cipla forward, ensuring the company remains committed to its ethos of “Caring for Life”.

Chief Financial Officer

Mark Daly

B.Com (Hons) in Accounting, CA (SA)

Mark moved to Cipla Medpro Head Office as Chief Financial Officer in November 2012. He played a key role in the 100% acquisition by Cipla Limited (India) of the Cipla Medpro group in South Africa and the de-listing from the JSE which was concluded in July 2013.

Prior to the CFO role, Mark was the Company Secretary for the group and Financial Director of the manufacturing division (based in Durban) from 2008. He also held the position of Corporate Finance Executive and was responsible for the capital raising exercise for the factory upgrade and the sale of the non-core businesses in 2007. This is Mark’s 8th year with Cipla Medpro and he is a chartered accountant and holds a B.Com (Hons) degree from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.

Prior to joining Cipla Medpro, Mark was a manager in the Corporate Finance and Auditing departments at KPMG. During his time he was part of the team that worked on the acquisition of Cipla Medpro Holdings Proprietary Limited by Enaleni Pharmaceuticals Limited (now Cipla Medpro) and the listing of Cipla Medpro on the JSE in 2005.

Vice President – Head of Quality SAGA / Responsible Pharmacist

Ralph Banks

B Pharm

Ralph studied pharmacy at UCT, before joining the retail sector as a pharmacist. He then entered the pharmaceutical manufacturing environment, and over the last 21 years, has gained experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry in areas such as procurement planning, manufacture and packing, quality assurance, new business development and HR. More recently, he has focussed on the implementation of Quality Management Systems aligned to the ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 quality standards.

Ralph joined Cipla Medpro, on a permanent basis, in July 2014 as the Responsible Pharmacist for Cipla Medpro, after serving as a QMS consultant at the Distribution Centre and in the Regulatory Affairs Department. In his time at Cipla, Ralph has proven himself to be a strong contributor and a valued team member.

Chief Operations Officer

Herman Grobler

B.Com (Law), B.Com (Hons) in Economics, MBA (UP)

Herman brings over 20 years of experience to Cipla, having worked in both Management and Consultancy roles for numerous successful companies including Woolworths, Netcare, Levi Strauss and Pam Golding. He gained detailed insight and valuable experience within the property, retail and FMCG market place, placing him in an ideal position to nurture long-term relationships both internally and externally, with a clear customer centric focus.

Herman’s key skills include a strong proficiency in project management, a keen eye for strategic growth opportunities, operational efficiency, attention to detail, strategic know-how and the facilitation of day to day planning.

Vice President - Regulatory Affairs SAGA Region (SA/SSA/Cipla Global Access Markets)

Praba Thandrind

Praba Thandrind joined Cipla on the 1st of February 2015 as Regulatory Affairs Director for the South African market. Praba is a registered pharmacist with over 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry and Regulatory Affairs. In 2017 her responsibilities were expanded to include in addition to SA; SSA and CGA markets as well, as Senior Director. She has Regulatory teams in; SA, in Cape Town and Johannesburg, Uganda, Kenya and India and is responsible for ensuring submissions and registrations across the entire SAGA region.

Praba joined us from Adcock Ingram Healthcare where she was the Head of Group Regulatory Affairs and the Responsible Pharmacist. There she managed all regulatory operations in South Africa, the SADC region, East and West Africa, as well as in India. Prior to her role at Adcock, Praba was the Head of Drug Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Pharmacist for Novartis Pharma, before which she had spent nearly ten years at Adcock Ingram in various manufacturing, QA and Regulatory Affairs positions. Praba is based in the Johannesburg Cipla office.

Vice President - Chief HR Officer SAGA

Simo Masondo

B. Social Science, MBA

Simo joined Cipla Medpro as the Chief Human Resources Officer at the beginning of May 2014. Prior to that he was the Head of HR for Absa Insurance. He has worked for various organisations in different industries, these include amongst others Bidvest Logistics, Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI) – a soft drinks division of SABMiller, and SARS. He is versatile and adaptable as his success in different industries support this assertion.

He is passionate about people and he gets his energy from seeing people growing and becoming better than before. He maintains that performance coaching is key to attaining and maintaining high levels of individual, team and organisational performance. He promotes diversity and inclusion and believes that diverse teams can produce better outputs that are both profitable and sustainable.

Chief Digital Officer

Genevieve Mannel

As an IT leader with 24-years’ experience in financial, retail and the pharmaceutical industry, Genevieve’s core focus is cultivating digital strategies to support business capabilities.
Her experience lies in creating visions and building roadmaps supporting the vision, which guides technology, people and processes.

Genevieve has led the implementations of significant enterprise resource planning processes (IBM; MS and more recently, SAP) and Business Intelligence warehousing and reporting solutions (MS; Qlikview; SAS; Tableau) across large corporates in the last 10 years of her career.

In 2013, she developed and facilitated a business and financial acumen senior leadership program with Stellenbosch University Business School, aimed at C-level executives.
Genevieve is also pursuing her passion for mentoring young girls to help them thrive in the business world, particularly into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) industries.

In 2018, Genevieve was honoured as one of the top 50 most inspiring women, in the STEM field, in South Africa (https://southafrica.inspiringfifty.org/inspiring-fifty-2018).