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Shankar Narayanan

Chief Executive Officer, Real Chemistry

Shankar Narayanan serves as Chief Executive Officer of Real Chemistry. Mr. Narayanan has over 25 years of experience at the center of services and technology within life sciences, with a background including senior executive roles at Equian, Cognizant, and McKinsey & Company, that provides a 360-degree understanding of the health ecosystem.
Mr. Narayanan is also a member of the Board of Directors of HealthComp, the largest independent health plan administrator for self-funded employer groups in the U.S. He is also a champion for several non-profit organizations focusing on education (Pratham and Akanksha) and maternal and child health (Antara Foundation).

Prior to joining Real Chemistry, he served as Chief Operating Officer at Equian, where his strategic and operational leadership contributed to successfully integrating nine companies, doubling revenue, and tripling EBITDA prior to its sale to Optum, a UnitedHealth Group company. Before his time at Equian, he provided similar outcomes-oriented leadership at both McKinsey & Company, where he worked with some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies on strategic and transformation initiatives, and Cognizant, where he led the Life Sciences Business unit.

Mr. Narayanan resides with his wife and two children in the Boston area.