Namita Thapar is an Indian entrepreneur. She is the Executive Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals (as of 2022), an Indian multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Pune, Maharashtra.
Namita Thapar was born on Monday, 21 March 1977 (age 46 years; as of 2023) in Pune, Maharashtra. Her zodiac sign is Aries. She completed her primary and secondary education at a school in Pune. While in school, Namita gave up all extracurricular activities and put her entire focus on academics. She was a bright student and always stood first in her class (school days). After completing her schooling, Namita enrolled herself at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, to pursue B. Com. Meanwhile, she also pursued Chartered Accountancy from ICAI. Thereafter, she pursued an MBA from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Emcure Thrive Global
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Namita’s father, Satish Mehta, is an Indian businessman. He is the founder of Emcure Pharmaceuticals. Her mother’s name is Bhavana Mehta. She has a younger brother, Samit Mehta, who is the President of R & D of Emcure Pharmaceuticals.
Husband & Children
Namita Thapar is married to Vikas Thapar, a businessman. The couple has two sons named Vir Thapar and Jai Thapar who are named after Namita’s favourite film Sholay.
After completing her MBA, Namita briefly worked at GlaxoSmithKline, a British multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company headquartered in London. Afterwards, she got placed at Guidant Corporation, a medical device company in the USA. She began working there in the financial planning department as a business finance lead. She served the company in various capacities for around 6 years. Subsequently, she joined Emcure Pharmaceuticals as CFO. Slowly, her operation area expanded in the company and she started looking after the Indian business of the company. As of 2022, she is serving as the Executive Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals.
In 2017, she founded the education company ‘Incredible Ventures Ltd.’ The company aims at promoting youth entrepreneurship by instilling entrepreneurial skills in children of 11-18 years of age group. It has branches in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, and Ahmedabad.
Thapar is a Board Member of the Regional Advisory Board of Fuqua School of Business. Namita is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization. She is also a trustee on the TiE Mumbai Board of Trustees. In December 2021, she appeared as a jury member in Shark Tank India, the Indian adaptation of the popular American business reality show ‘Shark Tank.’ The show features a panel of potential judges also known as Sharks who listen to various new business models and ideas and invest in them.
She is also associated with various government initiatives like ‘The Women Entrepreneurship Platform’ and ‘Digital Health Task Force’ by NITI Aayog and ‘Champions of Change.’ The programs were launched by PM Narendra Modi as a part of G2B partnership in policy making. Besides being an entrepreneur, Namita is also an author. In August 2022, she released her book The Dolphin and the Shark (Stories on Entrepreneurship). Published by Penguin Random House India, the book unearths Namita’s journey from being an overweight Gujarati girl with low self-esteem to a successful entrepreneur who took her father’s business to new heights.
Awards & Honours
- The Economic Times Women Ahead List 2017
- The Economic Times ’40 under Forty’ India’s Hottest Young Business Leaders List 2017
- Barclays Hurun Next Gen Leader Recognition
- World Women Leadership Congress Super Achiever Award
- Food: Undhiyu
- Beverage: Tea
- Colour: Yellow
- Costume Designer: Anamika Khanna
- Film: Sholay (1975)
- Actor: Amitabh Bachchan
- Namita loves travelling and reading in her leisure time.
- She is fond of watching Bollywood films. During an interview, she shared that she used to visit the theatre for the first day first show of almost all the Bollywood films before her marriage. Namita further revealed that she named her kids Vir and Jai after the names of the lead characters in the Bollywood film Sholay (1975).
- In an interview, Namita revealed that she grew up with her brother and eight siblings and all of them except Namita stood first in their classes. Namita came second in her class and was never congratulated for the same by her family members.
- The popular Indian banker Naina Lal Kidwai and the Indian-American business tycoon Indra Nooyi are her inspiration.
- In an interview, Namita talked about the three Ms that help her maintain her physical and mental balance. She said,
I relax in three ways—massage, movies and meditation. I ensure I schedule time for this on a routine basis so I don’t reach that breaking point.”
- She has been a part of many government (Indian) initiatives including NITI Aayog’s Women Entrepreneurship Platform and ‘Champions of Change’ programme. The programmes were initiated by PM Narendra Modi for G2B partnership in policy-making.
- Namita is a public speaker and has delivered her speech at various prestigious forums like Harvard Business School, Indian Institute of Management (IIM- Ahmedabad), ET women’s conference, and FICCI.
- During an interview, when asked about her personal policy on gadgets, Namita replied,
I am addicted to my phone as so much of my work happens over e-mail and Whatsapp and I enjoy Twitter and podcasts. However, I make sure not to carry my phone to meetings. It is absolutely disrespectful to the speakers if you keep checking messages while they are presenting and I am very particular about my work ethic which must reflect basic manners and a certain class. My son commented how much I am on the phone and since that day I try to check my messages only once every hour when I am at home. I am trying to extend this to once every two hours. “
- While she was working at Guidant Corporation, USA, Namita was named ‘Velvet Hammer’ by one of the company’s directors. Instagram- Namita Thapar
- During the Covid-19 pandemic, Namita created a YouTube channel titled Uncondition Yourself with Namita Thapar. On the channel, she uploads videos of her talk show which aims to provide authentic information and break stigmas and taboos associated with women’s health.
- Namita said on The Kapil Sharma Show in February 2022 that Amitabh Bachchan was her favourite actor and she never liked anyone else after him. Hindustan Times Namita said,
Bachchan sir ruined my entire life. After him, I haven’t liked anyone else. It’s such a tragedy.”
- In an interview, when asked about her leadership style, Namita said,
I believe in three mantras — less is more, hire people smarter than you and focus on execution rigour. I try to practise the 3 Cs — courage, competence and compassion.”
- In an interview, Namita Thapar confessed that she used to be an emotional eater for around 30 years. She further revealed that she had put on a lot of weight due to her habit of overeating during high-stress periods like her Classes X and XII board exams, chartered accountant final exam, and MBA exams. However, she decided to change her habit and make health and fitness her priority following which she shed a lot of weight and got in shape.
- A fitness enthusiast, Namita works out six days a week. Her workout regimen includes a combination of dance aerobics, functional training, yoga, and evening walks.
- In a conversation with Chetan Bhagat on his talk show DeepTalk on YouTube, Namita revealed that she was body shamed as a teenager for being overweight and having facial hair. She said,
I was not like this when I was a kid. I was very overweight, I had a lot of facial hair and acne, I was body shamed a lot as a teenager… and I used to feel very ugly.”
She further said,
No guy looked at me, it was me looking at the guys and having crushes, let’s just say that. When you’re body-shamed like that as a teenager, that leaves a lot of scars… I had a lot of facial hair and acne, and there was a guy in my class who’d call me ‘the girl with the moustache’ in Marathi.”