Dr. Shankar Acharya, (66 years) B.A. (Hons.) from Oxford University and Ph.D. (Economics) from Harvard University, 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 Board Member of ICRIER and the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI). He was Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, 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 Adviser. He was re-appointed as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Bank at the Annual General Meeting held on 28th July 2009 for a period of three years with effect from 20th July 2009. He is on the Board of Eros International Media Ltd. and The South Asia Institute for Research and Policy (Private) Limited, Sri Lanka. Dr. Acharya is the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Bank, Member of the Audit Committee of Eros International Media Limited and the Chairman of the Shareholders’ Grievance/Investors’ Relations Committee of Eros International Media Ltd.
Mr. Uday Kotak, (53 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 26 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, 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 and Chairman of the CII Capital Markets Committee. He is also a Governing Member of the Mahindra United World College of India.
Mr. C. Jayaram, (56 years) B. A. (Economics), PGDM-IIM, Kolkata, is Joint Managing Director of the Bank and is currently in charge of the Wealth Management Business of the Kotak Group. He also oversees the international subsidiaries and the alternate asset management business of the group. He has varied experience of over 34 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 22 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, (51 years) B.E. (Electronics), PGDM-IIM, Ahmedabad, is the Joint Managing Director of the Bank and has over 26 years of experience in the financial services sector, 20 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 for approximately six years.
Mr. Asim Ghosh, (64 years) is 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 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 Vodafone Essar Limited till 31st March 2009 and as a Non-Executive Director till 9th February 2010. He is also on the Board of Husky Energy Inc., other Husky Group Companies and some Hutchison Whampoa Group Companies.
Mr. Prakash Apte, (58 years)B.E. (Mechanical), is presently the Chairman of Syngenta India Limited, one of the leading agri business companies in India. Mr. Apte, in a career spanning over 35 years has considerable experience in various areas of management and business leadership. During more than 15 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. He is a Director of Syngenta Foundation India and Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance Limited. Mr. Apte is a member of Audit Committee of Syngenta India Limited.
Mr. Amit Desai, (53 years) B.Com, LLB, is an eminent professional with 31 years of experience. He is also on the Board of Kotak Mahindra Trustee Company Limited and Terra DeKM India Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Desai was a member of Audit Committee of Kotak Mahindra Trustee Company Limited till 26th April 2012.
Mr. N.P. Sarda, (66 years) B.Com, F.C.A., is a Chartered Accountant for more than 40 years. He is a former partner of M/s. DeloitteHaskin & 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).
Prof. S. Mahendra Dev is currently Director, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai, India. He was Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, Govt. of India, Delhi. He was Director, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad for 9 years during 1999 to 2008. He received his PhD from the Delhi School of Economics and his Post-doctoral research at the Economic Growth Centre, Yale University and was faculty member at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai for 11 years. He was Senior Fellow at the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation during 1996-97 and Visiting Professor at the University of Bonn, Germany in 1999. He has written extensively on agricultural development, poverty and public policy, food security, employment guarantee schemes, social security, farm and non-farm employment.
Prof. Dev has more than 100 research publications in national and international journals. He has been a consultant and adviser to many international organizations, such as UNDP, World Bank, International Food Policy Research Institute, ILO, FAO, and ESCAP. He also conducted collaborative projects with IFPRI on food security and poverty. He is the Chairman of the Committee on Terms of Trade on agriculture constituted by the Ministry of agriculture, Govt. of India. He is also member of the newly constituted Expert Panel on poverty estimates chaired by Dr. C. Rangarajan.
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 was member of several working groups for 9th, 10th and 11th Five Year Plans. He has received honors for eminence in public service.