Dr. Shankar Acharya, B.A. (Hons.) from Oxford University and Ph.D. (Economics) from Harvard University, aged 69 years, has considerable experience in various fields of economics and finance. He is a Honorary Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and a Member of the Court of Governors at the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI). He was Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, Government of India Member, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and Member, Twelfth Finance Commission. He has held several senior positions in the World Bank, including Director of World Development Report (1979) and Research Advisor. He was re-appointed as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Bank at the Annual General Meeting held on 29th June 2015 for a period of three years with effect from 20th July 2015.
Mr. Uday Kotak, aged 56 years, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He is the Executive Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the Bank and its principal founder and promoter. Under Mr. Kotak’ s leadership, over the past 29 years, Kotak Mahindra group established a prominent presence in every area of financial services from stock broking, investment banking, car finance, life insurance and mutual funds. Mr. Kotak is the recipient of several prestigious awards. He is a member of the Government of India’s high level committee on Financing Infrastructure, the Primary Market Advisory Committee of SEBI, and Member of the Board of Governors of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, National Institute of Securities Markets and National Council of CII. He is also a Governing Member of the Mahindra United World College of India. Mr. Kotak received the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year India Award 2014.
Mr. C. Jayaram, B. A. (Economics), PGDM-IIM, Kolkata, aged 59 years, is Joint Managing Director of the Bank and currently heads the wealth management business and international operations for Kotak Mahindra group. He also oversees the alternative investments business which includes private equity funds and real estate funds, as well as the institutional equities business. He has varied experience of over 37 years in many areas of finance and business and was earlier the Managing Director of Kotak Securities Limited. He has been with the Kotak Group for 25 years and has been instrumental in building a number of new businesses at Kotak Group. Prior to joining the Kotak Group, he was with Overseas Sanmar Financial Ltd.
Mr. Dipak Gupta, B.E. (Electronics), PGDM-IIM, Ahmedabad, aged 54 years, is the Joint Managing Director of the Bank and has over 29 years of experience in the financial services sector, 23 years of which have been with the Kotak Group. He is responsible for Group HR, administration, infrastructure, operations and IT. He is also responsible for asset reconstruction business of the Bank. Mr. Dipak Gupta was responsible for leading the Kotak Group’s initiatives into the banking arena. He was the Executive Director of Kotak Mahindra Prime Limited. Prior to joining the Kotak Group, he was with A. F. Ferguson & Company.
Mr. Asim Ghosh, aged 67 years, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Husky Energy Inc. He has a B.Tech, IIT Delhi and MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Ghosh commenced his career in consumer goods marketing with Procter & Gamble in the U.S. and Canada and worked subsequently with Rothmans International as a Senior Vice President of Carling O’Keefe Breweries, then one of Canada’s major breweries. He moved to Asia in 1989 as CEO of the Frito Lay (Pepsi Foods) start up in India. Thereafter, he was in executive positions with Hutchison in Hong Kong and India for 16 years. He continued as the CEO of the predecessor company of Vodafone India Limited till 31st March 2009 and as a Non-Executive Director till 9th February 2010. Pursuant to the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, the shareholders at the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 7th January 2015 have appointed Mr. Ghosh as an Independent Director, not liable to retire by rotation, for a period up to 8th May 2016.
Mr. Prakash Apte, B.E. (Mechanical), aged 60 years, is presently the Chairman of Syngenta India Limited, a leading Agri business company in India. Mr. Apte, in a career spanning over 36 years has considerable experience in various areas of management and business leadership. During more than 16 years of very successful leadership experience in Agri business, he has gained varied knowledge in various aspects of Indian Agri Sector and has been involved with many initiatives for technology, knowledge and skills up gradation in this sector, which is so vital for India’s food security. He was instrumental in setting up the Syngenta Foundation India which focuses on providing knowledge and support for adopting scientific growing systems to resource poor farmers and enabling their access to market. Pursuant to the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, the shareholders at the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 7th January 2015 have appointed Mr. Apte as an Independent Director, not liable to retire by rotation, for a period up to 17th March 2019.
Mr. Amit Desai, B.Com, LLB, aged 55 years, is an eminent professional with 34 years of experience. Pursuant to the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, the shareholders at the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 7th January 2015 have appointed Mr. Desai as an Independent Director, not liable to retire by rotation, for a period up to 17th March 2019.
Mr. N.P. Sarda, B.Com, F.C.A., aged 69 years, is a Chartered Accountant for more than 40 years. He is a former partner of M/s. Deloitte Haskin & Sells, Chartered Accountants, the past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (in 1993) and was a public representative Director of the Stock Exchange, Mumbai (BSE). He was a member on the Board of erstwhile International Accounting Standards Committee. He was also member of IFRS Advisory Council, London.
Prof. S. Mahendra Dev, Ph.D. from the Delhi School of Economics, aged 57 years is currently Director and Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai, India. He was Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), Govt. of India, Delhi. He was Director, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad for 9 years during 1999 to 2008. He has done his Post-doctoral research at Yale University and was faculty member at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai for 11 years.
He has been a member of several government committees including the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Employment and Rangarajan Commission on Financial Inclusion. He has received honors for eminence in public service. He is the Chairman of the Committee on Terms of Trade on agriculture constituted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. He is also member of the Expert Panel on poverty estimates chaired by Dr. C. Rangarajan. He is a member of National Statistical Commission at the rank of Secretary to Government of India. He is in the Board of Trustees of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C. Pursuant to the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, the shareholders at the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 7th January 2015 have appointed Prof. Dev as an Independent Director, not liable to retire by rotation, for a period up to 14th March 2018.
Ms. Farida Khambata, aged 65 years, is Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Cambridge, a Master of Science in Business Management from the London Business School and a Chartered Financial Analyst. She is currently Global Strategist of Cartica Management, LLC and a member of its Investment Committee. She was earlier with International Finance Corporation (IFC) and was a member of IFC’s Management Group, the senior leadership team of IFC. In her last position at IFC she served as Regional Vice President in charge of all operations in East Asia and the Pacific, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Global Manufacturing Cluster. Ms. Khambata joined IFC in 1986 from the World Bank where she managed pension fund assets. Pursuant to the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, the shareholders at the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 7th January 2015 have appointed Ms. Khambata as an Independent Director, not liable to retire by rotation, for a period up to 6th September 2019.
Mr. Mark Edwin Newman, aged 48 years is a Chartered Accountant and has obtained Mathematics (Honours) degree from King’s College London. Mr. Newman is Managing Director and Regional Head of Financial Markets, Asia. He started his career at Deloitte Haskins and Sells where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant before joining ING in 1992, in London. Mr. Newman had a number of internal audit and risk management roles in London before moving to Asia in 1996. Since then he held a number of positions within Financial Markets including Head of Structured Products, Asia and Head of Financial Markets Hong Kong, before being appointed as the Regional Head of Financial Markets, Asia in 2005. He is also Executive Management Board Member of ASIFMA (Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association).
Mr. Newman had spent over fourteen years in Asia and is currently responsible for all trading and sales activities in the region.
He is also on the Board of ING Bank Australia Limited.