Our People

1. Muhammed Majeed, Ph.D., Founder
2. Neeraja Shetty, Director & President - Strategy & Business Development
3. Jayasankar (Jay) Nair, Chief Executive Officer
4. Madhu Subramanian, President – Global Business Expansion & Operations
5. Barbara Cotton, Manager – Sales & Operations

Muhammed Majeed, Ph.D.


Dr. Muhammed Majeed

Dr.Muhammed Majeed was born and raised in Kerala, India.

After graduating in with a degree in Pharmacy from Kerala University, Majeed emigrated to the USA in 1975. He continued his graduate studies at Long Island University, New York (M.S.) and St. John's University New York (Ph.D.) specializing in Industrial Pharmacy.

Dr. Majeed then spent 15 years gaining research experience in progressively responsible positions with Pfizer Inc., Carter-Wallace and Paco Research.

Sabinsa Corporation, a research oriented nutraceutical ingredients company, was founded by Dr. Majeed in 1988. Although the transition from a researcher to ingredients manufacturer was a tremendous challenge, Dr. Majeed handled it successfully, pioneering numerous safe and beneficial products backed by science that have since become industry standards. At present, this New Jersey based firm employs over 60 people.

In 1991, Dr. Majeed set up a research group at Bangalore, India called Sami Labs Ltd to support and expand upon the work of Sabinsa in the US. The facility now has over 500 people working for the company. Sami Labs combines manufacturing and global marketing of nutraceuticals and fine chemicals with cutting edge research.

Sami's research-based innovative products, born of Dr. Majeed’s vision, have received recognition from the Indian Government and the US Nutraceuticals industry, as well as patents all over the world. Sami received the National award for quality products from the President Of India in the area of Basic Drugs, with both quality and innovation being identified as key components that resulted in the award. In addition, Sami pioneered the research and marketing of a number of phytonutrients based on herbs traditionally used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medical system, discovering far more uses than were previously known. Sami Labs was also honored twice by the Spices Board of India, receiving one award for developing a market for Garcinia cambogia and the other for export performance.

Among his many awards, Dr. Majeed received recognition from several Indian-American groups for his enterprising work and progress. He also received the 1996 Entrepreneur of the year award from the National Federation of Asian Americans.

In 1997, Sabinsa Corporation was ranked America’s 90th fastest growing company by INC. Magazine. Sabinsa also ranked 7th in New Jersey among the fastest growing Technology based companies (New Jersey Fast 50).

In early 1999, Sami Labs started a division called Sami Spices based at Cochin, India to promote procurement and marketing of spices.

Neeraja Shetty

Director & President - Strategy & Business Development

Ms. Neeraja Shett

Ms. Neeraja Shetty holds two decades of experience in the life science industry. With a Masters Degree in Chemistry, she began her career with Pfizer India in 1996. Her preceding assignments prior to joining Sabinsa were with Biocon India and Corporate Physicians International, Singapore.

Her initial years in the industry was predominantly focused on sales, marketing and business development activities in the generic pharma space in regulated markets.

Having joined the Sabinsa group in 2002, she provides the planning and leadership to the Indian and international markets for building up business for the group by ensuring that the appropriate structures, systems, competencies and values are developed in order to meet and exceed the company goals. Other than business development efforts, she also plays a pivotal role in contributing towards strategy and corporate finance activities.

Jayasankar (Jay) Nair

Chief Executive Officer

Jayasankar (Jay) Nair

Jay spent 23 years with the State Bank of India in senior assignments specializing in marketing, business development, training and HR activities. He took up challenging roles in setting up the Centurion Bank, followed by a stint with IndusInd Bank. After nine years as Sabinsa's CFO, Jay was recruited to set up a US company for the large and diverse Muthoot Group, a 126 year old company based in India. He is also a well-known speaker in the banking industry, giving lectures on "Effective Communication" and "Marketing".

Madhu Subramanian

President – Global Business Expansion & Operations

Madhu Subramanian

Madhu, has been with Sabinsa for more than 20 years and has overall responsibility for the global business expansion and operations of the company, co-ordinating and managing the various companies within the group. He earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Ashland University, Ohio.

Besides directing the day-to-day affairs of the company, Madhu is also involved in setting up the infrastructure for Sabinsa’s international operations and is a Board Member of several companies within the group.

Barbara Cotton

Manager – Sales & Operations

Barbara Cotton

Barbara spent 21 years of her career with AT&T, one of the largest communications companies, working in departments such as Budget, Training Coordination, Human Resources, Sales Support, and CERC (Corporate Executive Response Center), handling verbal and written Customer Complaints which were directed to AT&T’s Corporate Office, Better Business Bureau, Federal Communications Commissioner and Consumer Services.

Barbara brings her customer relations experience to AFI as Manager of Sales and Operations, managing all customer communications and sales operations to work directly with AFI Customers ensuring all product requests are met and handled in a timely, efficient and effective manner.