Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development
Roopa was named Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development in March 2022 and is responsible for leading the company’s enterprise strategy and corporate development (M&A) function. In partnership with the IDEX Senior Leadership Team, strategy and business development resources and business unit general managers, Ms. Unnikrishnan helps identify, evaluate, and pursue growth opportunities and prioritize investments. Together they identify and build growth funnels organically and inorganically.
Roopa has more than 20 years of corporate strategy experience across a variety of industries, through a mix of consulting roles and corporate leadership positions. Before IDEX, she served as Chief Strategy Officer for Vontier, a global industrial manufacturing company focused on smarter transportation and mobility. Previous strategy positions have included roles with Harman International, Citi, BlackRock, and Katzenbach Partners – which was formed by past members of McKinsey & Co. consulting. At Pfizer she also stepped outside her traditional strategy and innovation roles to lead the Talent and Organization capability for the pharmaceutical division. She often serves as a professional coach and is the author of the book, “The Career Catapult.”
She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in India, where she was born and raised, before becoming the country’s 100th Rhodes Scholar, earning her the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in England. There she earned a master’s degree in Economic and Social History. She followed that with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and International Business Strategy, also from University of Oxford.
Most intriguing may be that Roopa is an international champion in sports rifle shooting. She won India’s highest sporting prize, the Arjuna Award, in 1999 and won a gold medal in women’s prone sport rifle at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She still owns several records at the South Asian level and was captain of the Women’s Shooting Team at Oxford.
Roopa lives in New York City with her husband. They have college-age twins. When not reading a white paper or novel, Roopa dabbles in some mystery writing of her own, and loves her morning swim.