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Real Chemistry Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jim Weiss to Become Chairman and Shankar Narayanan to Become Chief Executive Officer


Real Chemistry, a leading provider of data-driven, tech-enabled communication and marketing solutions for the health care sector, today announced Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jim Weiss will become chairman and Shankar Narayanan will become chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors effective January 3, 2022. In addition to his role as chairman and founder of Real Chemistry, Weiss will join New Mountain Capital (NMC), Real Chemistry’s investment partner, as an executive advisor.

As chairman, Weiss will continue to serve actively as a mentor and strategic advisor to the company’s people and clients, while also opening new pathways for growth through M&A, partnership and the expansion of capabilities. In his new role at NMC, Weiss will focus on identifying and integrating opportunities at the intersection of technology and life sciences and converting them into actionable investments.

Narayanan brings a unique breadth and depth of experience to Real Chemistry, with a background including senior executive roles at Equian, Cognizant and McKinsey & Company, that provides a 360-degree understanding of the health ecosystem.

“Jim and the team at Real Chemistry have built an outstanding business that I’m thrilled to be able to steward into its next phase,” said Narayanan. “Joining Real Chemistry is a rare opportunity to continue the legacy of innovation, agility and entrepreneurialism that the company is known for – and to take it even further and build in new directions. It brings me back to my roots and relationships in life sciences, where I’ve built businesses and worked with clients to achieve their goals. I’m excited to join and work alongside this talented team to carry on the journey that’s been underway for two decades.”

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