CEO

Amit Jain

Amit is CEO of Southside Specialty Pharmacy. Most recently, he was the Operating Partner at Frazier Healthcare, where he defined Frazier’s investment strategy for the Specialty Pharmacy and Pharma Services Industry.

Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President and Head of Business Operations at Omnicare, Inc., a Fortune 500 healthcare services company. In this role, reporting directly to the CEO, he had full responsibility for operations, sales and account management for both Omnicare’s business units, Specialty Care Group and Long Term Care Group. He was a core member of the team responsible for transforming the organization to deliver accelerated revenue and EBITDA growth which resulted in the strategic sale of the company to CVS Health for $12.5 billion, one of the largest healthcare transactions in 2015.

Prior to Omnicare, he was Vice President and Global Head of Healthcare Vertical for Headstrong, Inc. Headstrong, now a part of Genpact, is a global consultancy providing end to end technology consulting and outsourcing services across the finance and healthcare industries with an operating footprint across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. In his most recent position, Amit was directly accountable for the global P&L of the Healthcare Vertical business unit where he implemented a range of initiatives to turn a declining operation into Headstrong’s second largest and highest growth business unit.

Amit holds an MBA from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, France as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Nagpur University, India.

CFO

Ankur Bhandari

Ankur is Chief Financial Officer of Southside. He has held numerous leadership roles in finance & as a business operator with Fortune 500 companies. He has extensive experience across corporate finance, treasury M&A, FP&A & analytics.

He has executed complex corporate restructuring across capital, revenue and operations in large and small organizations and advised C-Suite and board on strategic transactions. His last capital restructuring resulted in an increase of ~$600m in Omnicare’s market Capitalization. He has worked across across healthcare, banking & insurance and nformation echnology with companies like Omnicare, AIG, BearingPoint & Citi etc.

Ankur did his MBA from Indian Institute of Management (Lucknow) and his Bachelors of Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce.

Head of Access and Adherence Solutions

Ilias Kifnidis R.Ph.

Ilias is Head of Access and Adherence Solutions. He has more than 22 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in the areas of patient services, patient assistance programs, commercial strategy, pricing, contracting, risk management, and pharmacy operations.

He has worked numerous roles through his professional journey, most recently as a consultant in managed markets and market access supporting numerous healthcare organizations. Prior to consulting, Ilias held various senior roles in managed markets and market access at Novartis, Forest Labs , Schering Plough / Merck, and at Roche.

Ilias is also a licensed pharmacist in NJ and prior to his career in the pharmaceutical industry, worked for over ten years as a staff pharmacist, with the time split between mail order pharmacy and various retail settings across NJ.

Head of Business Development

Brian Hare

Brian is Head Of Business Development. He has more than 18 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industry in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Market Research, Managed Markets, Specialty Pharmacy and Reimbursement and Patient Support Services.

Brian has worked in numerous roles throughout his professional career, most recently as Executive Director, Reimbursement and Specialty Services at Sandoz Biopharmaceuticals, a Novartis company. At Sandoz Brian was responsible for leading all Patient Services, Field Reimbursement and Specialty Pharmacy account management teams for Sandoz portfolio of products including branded, specialty generic and biosimilar products. Brian has also helped successfully launch the first biosimilar in the U.S. Prior to Sandoz, Brian has held roles of increasing responsibility in Sales, Brand Management and Market Research.

Chief of Digital and Chief Information Officer

Rusty Lewis

Rusty is Chief Digital and Chief Information Officer. He has more than 35 years of experience in Technology with the last 25 exclusively in Health Care covering Clinical systems including Pharmacy Systems, Medication Administration Systems, IV Infusion Pump Development, along with Pharmacy and Med Surg Distribution and GPOs.

Rusty has worked in a variety of senior leadership roles at McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, Vizient, and Texas Instruments as well serving in leadership and consulting roles in early stage VC and Private Equity backed health care growth companies.

He has successfully lead teams ranging in size from 10 to over 1000 development staff. He has written two books and numerous articles on the impact of technology on patient outcomes and is a frequent speaker at health care conferences.

Head of Operations

Pavlos Pavlidis R. Ph.

Pavlos is Head Of Operations. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. He has extensive healthcare leadership experience with Fortune 50 companies in areas such as: Specialty, Pharmacy, Pharmacy benefit Management, Pharma, Biotech and Patient Services.

He has been recognized for delivering best in class financial results, and company targets and growth.

He is passionate about leading, coaching, mentoring, and developing strong and successful cross functional teams.

Prior to joining Southside, Pavlos has held various leadership roles with CVS Pharmacy, Merck, Medco Health, Biogen, and OptumRx.

His commitment is to help shape and improve the future of healthcare in our country.

Founder & Advisor to the Southside Management Team

Harish D. Katharani

 Mr. Harish D Katharani serves as Advisor to the Southside management team. Harish is the original founder of the Southside group of companies. Mr. Katharani is a registered pharmacist and has a B.Sc. degree from Texas Southern University. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and is actively involved in and supports multiple charities, specifically those that help treat and educate patients affected by HIV and cancer.

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