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2024 Power 100: Udit Batra

A man with short black hair wears a pink shirt and dark jacket. Photo | Courtesy of Waters Corp. Udit Batra, president & CEO of Waters Corp.
Udit Batra Title President & CEO Company Waters Corp., in Milford Employees 8,000 Residence Wellesley Colleges University of Delaware, Princeton University Read all the Power 100 profiles here
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Waters Corp. is a global leader in manufacturing, life sciences, and innovation, with nearly $3 billion in annual revenue and 8,000 employees spread across 35 countries. Despite this broad reach, under Udit Batra the company remains closely tied to the local community with its 1,800 employees in Central Massachusetts and is highly regarded as a great place to work.

In May, Waters completed its $1.4-billion acquisition of California instrument company Wyatt Technology, the largest acquisition in the company’s history, in what turned out to be a somewhat down year for the entire life sciences sector, as Waters’ annual revenue dropped 0.5%. Yet, the company presses forward, as Batra focuses the company on the competitiveness of its products.

In December, Waters announced the opening of a $16-million Global Capabilities Center in India, which is one of the company’s fastest-growing markets.

This opening came the same year Waters completed construction on the $215-million facility in Taunton, where the company has operated since 1976. The facility was designed to meet increasing customer demand and is the only LEED-certified chemical manufacturing plant in Massachusetts.

Batra, an India native, joined Waters in 2020 after leading healthcare and life sciences companies for more than 20 years. A chemical engineer by training, he was CEO of MilliporeSigma in Burlington and previously held leadership positions at Merck of New Jersey and Novartis of Switzerland. Last year, Waters was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a top 200 public company to work for, and by the Human Rights Campaign Equality 100 Award list for creating an inclusive work environment for LGBTQIA+ employees.

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CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly called the new Waters Corp. facility in India as the Global Capacity Center. Its true name is the Global Capabilities Center.

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