John McCallum Marshall Shaw was a Scottish and Indophile businessman. He was the husband of the popular Indian businesswoman, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw. He was suffering from cancer, and on 24 October 2022, he passed away at a private hospital in Bengaluru.
John McCallum Marshall Shaw was born in 1949 (age 73 years; at the time of death) in Glasgow, U.K. After completing his school education and graduation degree, he earned his Master of Arts (MA) degree in history and political economy at the University of Glasgow in 1970. Later, he pursued a PhD degree at the University of Glasgow, U.K.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair Colour: Salt and Pepper
Eye Colour: Grey
Wife & Children
In 1998, John Shaw got married to Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, an Indian businesswoman.
John Shaw with his wife Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
The couple has no children.
Reportedly, in 1998, John Shaw introduced 2 million dollars to buy the outstanding Biocon shares from ICI. Thereafter, he and Kiran Mazumdar Shah married each other. Soon, John Shaw took early retirement from his position as chairman at a leading textiles MNC Madura Coats, where he was working as Chairman and Managing Director till 1999.
John Shaw with his wife Kiran Mazumdar
In 1999, John Shaw buy back Unilever’s stake in Biocon and helped his wife Kiran Mazumdar in extending her business. At the same time, FMCG wanted to sell the shares of the company to a third party. During his tenure at Biocon, he worked as a foreign promoter and member of the advisory board for many subsidiaries of Biocon Group. He served as the Vice-Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Biocon, a Bengaluru-headquartered biopharmaceutical company for more than twenty-two years. On the official website of Biocon, his position in the company was mentioned. He retired from Biocon in July 2021. The company cited,
He has contributed majorly to the transformation of Biocon from a small enzymes company to a globally recognised biopharmaceutical company and has played an important role in ensuring the highest levels of corporate governance in the company, as well as, in the financial and strategic development of the group.”
On 24 October 2022, John McCallum Marshall Shaw passed away at a private hospital in Bengaluru.
- John Shaw was associated with the Viyella Group as a managing director for some time.
- His wife, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw shared an emotional note on social media after his demise on 24 October 2022. She wrote,
I am devastated to lose my husband, my mentor and soul mate. I will always be spiritually guided by John as I pursue my purpose. Rest in Peace my darling John. Thank you for making my life so very special. I will miss you profoundly.”
An old picture of John Shaw with his wife