Chief Operations Officer
Shankar Narayanan has over 17 years of experience in the healthcare industry. As Chief Operating Officer, Shankar has responsibility for operations, technology, integration, and business performance management at Equian. Prior to joining Equian, Shankar was the Global Head of the Life Sciences Business unit at Cognizant. In this capacity he owned market development, client relationships, strategy, and M&A and integration across all lines of service. During his tenure Shankar grew the business by over 50% successfully returning the business to industry leading growth and delivered on a substantial margin improvement program while integrating acquisitions and building out several innovative product platforms. At Cognizant, Shankar was a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
Prior to Cognizant, Shankar was a Partner at McKinsey & Company. At the Firm he built new businesses, and worked extensively on strategy, M&A, merger integration, and operational excellence engagements for healthcare, life sciences, technology/business services clients and financial investors. He was recognized as a highly collaborative and structured problem solver, inclusive people leader, an entrepreneur, and an organization builder.