Rakesh Sachdev
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sigma-Aldrich Corporation

Rakesh Sachdev serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sigma-Aldrich. He joined the Company in 2008 as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. He took on the additional role of Senior Vice President-International in 2009. In November 2010, Rakesh was promoted to President and CEO.

Prior to joining Sigma-Aldrich, Rakesh served as Senior Vice President and President, Asia Pacific at ArvinMeritor, Inc., where since 1999 he held numerous leadership positions in finance, strategy and general management. He was previously with Cummins, Inc., where he started in 1981, and left as Chief Financial Officer, Automotive Business Unit, again serving in various other positions over many years. From 1978 to 1981, he was a Research and Teaching Assistant at the University of Illinois-Urbana Graduate School of Engineering. From 1977 to 1978, he served as a Sales Engineer at Larsen & Toubro Ltd. in Delhi, India.

A native of India, Rakesh earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in the late 1970s. He obtained a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Illinois and completed his MBA at Indiana University.

Rakesh serves on the board of directors of Regal Beloit Corporation, Beloit, Wisc., (NYSE: RBC), the Saint Louis Zoo Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the St. Louis Science Center and Washington University in St. Louis.

 
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