Meet the core team

Expertise, experience, and commitment helping Life Science companies to achieve excellence all over the world: meet the people behind Xcellen and the Xpower suite


Nikhil Gupta

Nikhil Gupta

Partner, Head of Global Key Accounts

Nikhil manages global key accounts and ensures that Xpower meets the client needs.

Nikhil brings 15 years of work experience in the pharmaceutical industry with significant expertise in creating sales force and key account management strategies all over the world. His understanding of complex business issues and the ability to turn complicated subjects into easy-to-understand topics played a major role in the development of Xpower.

Nikhil is an entrepreneur coming from the industry side with a huge background in consulting. He worked for several strategy and consulting companies in Asia and Europe such as IQVIA in Singapore and Malaysia.

Siddharth Malhotra

Siddharth Malhotra

Partner, Tech Lead & Future Development

Siddharth develops new products and artificial intelligence features based on the needs of life science companies.

He saw the need for an affordable tool to improve performance in the SFE-field within pharma and life science companies. With over 10+ years of business and technology management experience, he recognized the potential of combining technology and the comprehensive global SFE knowledge from all Xcellen partners.

Sid has extensive experience as a management consultant working on SFE projects in Asia and Europe. Prior to Xcellen, Sid was a Senior consultant at IQVIA based in Singapore and Germany.

Core Team


John Grano

General Manager, America

John leads the US operations. He is an experienced senior global Biotech and Pharmaceutical executive.

John delivers value by collaboratively leading cross-functional initiatives that gain organization support across Global, Regional and Local leadership.  He specializes in digital / omnichannel field force transformation, customer engagement, customer segmentation, customer intimacy strategy, field excellence (sales, medical), sales operations, CRM, incentive compensation, training and change management.

John has more than three decades building expertise in commercial life sciences.  Most recently, John was VP, Global Sales & Marketing Effectiveness for Sanofi Vaccines.


Pekka Suonio

Head of Consulting, APAC

Pekka is responsible for leading the consulting operations in APAC region and developing Xcellen’s consulting offerings for maximum client impact.

Pekka brings in over 20 years of experience in advising Life Sciences companies in sales and marketing strategy and operations, in both developed and emerging markets. He has in-depth knowledge of methodologies across the areas of commercial excellence, and a strategic outlook to turn analysis into actionable insights.

Previously, Pekka has worked in consultant and leadership roles at Deloitte, IQVIA, and ZS Associates.

Yaron Ventura

Yaron Ventura

Head of Commercial Strategy

Yaron is responsible for the overall operations including sales and delivery, he is the clients’ primary solution partner both in areas of tech and service for EMEA region.

Yaron possesses over 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries in management consulting, sales force effectiveness and performance improvement. He is an expert in building and implementing segmentation and targeting methodologies and in developing working processes together with clients and based on market insights.

Prior to joining Xcellen he worked as a business excellence manager and SFE lead for EMEA, heading vast projects and working closely with top management and external clients.

Akshay Upadhyay

Akshay Upadhyay

Senior Tech Project Manager

Akshay leads the professional developer and tester team. He manages the development of ingenious technology and apps.

He has delivered software and services since Xpower started to help clients improve sales force effectiveness and commercial excellence and, ultimately reap the benefits of Xpower technologies. Therefore, his team uses and combines state of the art technologies.

Prior to joining Xcellen, he worked in the research and data analysis team for a semi-government company based in Delhi.

Martina Schoen

Martina Schoen

Market Development and Global Marketing

Martina is responsible for Market and Strategy Development and the overall Marketing. Martina brings more than ten years of experience in market development, client service and sales consulting and delivered many successful sales and marketing projects to the pharmaceutical industry.

Her strength is building mutually profitable customer relationships and a mindset for building up projects together to exactly meet the client’s needs and wishes.

Prior to business development, she worked in the fields of marketing, sales analytics and management consulting for global companies such as Cegedim and IQVIA as well as a regional based life science service provider.