Mr. Ghyanendra Nath Bajpai is an Independent Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company. Mr. Bajpai is a distinguished leader in Indian business. He has held offices as the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and Chairman of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC).
Mr. Bajpai is known for his visionary leadership and exemplary integrity. He has served as a Non-Executive Chairman and a Director on various corporate boards in India and other countries. He is the recipient of several awards for unparalleled contribution to business. He is also a published author.
Mr. Bajpai has been the Chairman of the Corporate Governance Task Force of International Organisation of Securities Commissions, Insurance Institute of India and has served on the Governing Boards of Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow and National Insurance Academy.
He has delivered lectures at London School of Economics (LSE), Harvard University, and MIT and has addressed Stanford University, OECD and IMF seminars. He has received among others the Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Finance award from our Former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh.
Mr. Bajpai holds a degree in Law and Masters in Commerce. Mr. Bajpai was appointed as Director on March 16, 2007 and was further appointed as Chairman of the Company in the Board meeting held on October 24, 2007.
Mr. Kishore Biyani is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Company. Mr. Biyani founded Pantaloons in 1997. He has also established a number of popular retail formats, including Big Bazaar, Central, Food Bazaar, Brand Factory and Home Town, which cater to a wide cross-section of Indian consumers.
In the recent years, Mr. Biyani has led the Group’s transformation into one of India’s leading business houses with presence in capital, consumer finance, insurance, brand development, retail, real estate development and logistics.
A staunch believer in the Group’s corporate credo, ‘Rewrite Rules, Retain Values,’ Mr. Biyani considers “Indianness” as the core value driving the Group.
He was recognised as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 in the Services Sector. He is the recipient of the Lakshmipat Singhania - IIM Lucknow Young Business Leader award by our former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh in 2006. He was also awarded the CNBC First Generation Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006.
Mr. Biyani holds a postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce.
With an experience of more than 26 years, Mr. Krishan Kant Rathi has a deep insight of various verticals, such as Corporate Finance, Strategic Business Planning and Investment Advisory.
He has been associated with reputed organisations such as KEC International Limited, H&R Johnson (India) Limited, Future Retail Limited (formerly known as Pantaloon Retail (India) Limited) and Motilal Oswal Private Equity Advisors Private Limited.
In his earlier assignment, he was the Group CFO of Future Retail Limited (formerly known as Pantaloon Retail (India) Limited). His role mainly focused on strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, treasury management and corporate governance.
Mr. Rathi is a Director at Future Generali Life Insurance Company Limited, Future Generali India Insurance Company Limited as well as Sprint Advisory Services Private Limited (formerly known as Sain Advisory Services Private Limited).
Mr. Rathi is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce.
Dr. B. Samal is the Executive Chairman of Industrial Investment Trust Limited, a Public Listed Company with BSE and NSE and is also the Chairman of its other group companies. He brings with him over 35 years of experience in the banking and finance industry with expertise in rural credit, HRD, capital markets, industrial finance and real estate. He has been at senior positions with banks such as Union Bank of India, Executive Director at Allahabad Bank and later became the Chairman and Managing Director of Allahabad Bank. He was also the Chairman of Industrial Investment Bank of India and All Bank Finance Limited, Kolkata.
He was a Member of the Securities Appellate Tribunal, Ministry of Finance, Government of India and the Department of Economic Affairs. He has also played a key role as part of various Governing Boards such as National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM) Pune, Institute of Banking Personnel Section, (IBPS) Mumbai, North Eastern Institute of Bank of Management, (NEIBM) Guwahati, Committee of Economists, Indian Banks Association (IBA), Mumbai, Expert Committee on Rural Credit set up by the National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD), Standing Advisory Committee for Small Scale Industries, Reserve Bank of India, and State Level Export Promotion Committee, Government of West Bengal. He has also been a Director on the board of various large companies.
Dr. Samal holds a Ph.D in Economics from Kalyani University, West Bengal. He was one of the highest rankers and a gold medalist in M.Sc. in Agriculture from Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Bank Management conducted by NIBM, Pune
Ms. Jennifer Sparks is the Additional Director on the board of the Company. She is currently the Regional Chief Financial Officer of Generali Asia. She is responsible for the overall financial planning and analysis, accounting, controls, budgeting, forecasting, reporting, treasury, tax and capital allocation for the company, and plays a key leadership role in strategic financial and business initiatives.
Ms. Sparks has over 30 years of experience in the life insurance industry in Asia. She has worked in senior leadership positions with organisations such as Hartford Life Insurance K.K, American International Group (Japan), Manulife Life Insurance Company (Japan) and ERC Frankona Reassurance (a subsidiary of GE Japan). She has been instrumental in managing some key M&A transactions, and played a key role in cultural integration and new business development.
Ms. Sparks has been a specialist in various actuarial and underwriting roles and has significant experience in financial and risk management. Her strong command over both English and Japanese and her participative leadership style has helped her effectively communicate with all levels of management.
She is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (1986) and has done her B.Sc (Hons) in Applied Mathematics from University of Adelaide (1981).
Kevin Wright is the Regional Officer for Generali Asia and is responsible for insurance operations in both Life and Property & Casualty businesses. Prior to assuming this role, Kevin was an external consultant to Generali Asia advising its businesses to identify areas of further growth and improvement.
Kevin is an industry veteran with almost 40 years of experience across Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore and Southeast Asia. He was earlier the CEO at Prudential and was the Regional CEO for AXA Life businesses in Asia excluding China. Kevin was also a board member of the AXA Life businesses.
Originally from Sydney, Kevin was a semi-professional cricketer, having played for the Australian Test Cricket team on 10 occasions.
Ms. Bhavna Doshi is the first Independent Woman Director of the Company. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and was recognised as the best lady candidate. She brings with her over 25 years of experience and was earlier a partner with full member firm of KPMG in India. She has been on the board of several listed companies and has served as Chairperson of the Accounting Standards Board as well as the Research Committee of ICAI. In these capacities, Ms. Doshi has been actively involved in the formulation of accounting standards as well as research on accounting interpretation and application guidance.
She was the only person from India to serve as a Member of the Compliance Advisory Panel of the International Federation of Accountants headquartered in New York during 2007-09. Ms. Doshi has been a member of the Technical Committee advising the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASAB) where she was instrumental in advising on formulation of accounting standards for the Central and State Government of India.
Ms. Doshi was the President of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC), a leading trade and industry Chamber in 2011-12 She also served as President of Ladies’ Wing of the Chamber which works towards women empowerment. She has served as member of committees of CII and ASSOCHAM and was also a member of Group constituted by the Tax Administration Reforms Commission chaired by Dr. Parthasarathy Shome. She is also associated with various social sector projects.
Dr. Devi Singh is an Independent Director on the Board of the Company and a Director of the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. He is a renowned professor in the area of International Finance & Management.
Before joining IIML, he was the Director of Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, for over four years. He has served as a visiting professor at the Faculty of Management, McGill University, Canada for five years. He has also been part of the faculty at the International Centre for Public Enterprises, Slovenia, ESCAP Europe and SKK Graduate School of Business, Seoul.
He is an alumnus Fellow of the Institute of World Affairs, Connecticut and has taught leading business schools in India. Dr. Singh has published and presented research papers at various national/international conferences and has authored three books in the domain of Finance & Management. He has been a consultant to leading Public & Private Sector as well as multinational organisations in India.
He has received several awards including ISTE National Fellow 2007, UP Ratan 2008 and the Ishan National Award for Best Director of a Business School in 1999. He is a member of the MHRD Task Force on Faculty Shortage and Design of Performance Appraisal System, the UPSC Committee on Designing Civil Services Aptitude Test and the Founding Society for National Board of Accreditation.
Dr. Singh holds a Ph.D. in International Finance from the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad).
Mr. Munish Sharda has nearly two decades of experience in the financial services sector with experience in Sales & Distribution, Portfolio & Balance sheet management, Credit & Risk and relationship management. He has worked in multiple markets across the country with two large global financial services companies – Citibank NA and Aviva Plc- before joining Future Generali India Life Insurance as MD & CEO.
Prior to joining Future Generali, he led the tied agency, employee benefit business, direct business and training function at Aviva India as Director – Sales for five years. He began his financial services career at Citibank NA as a part of the Consumer Bank in the mortgages and community banking business. He worked in all the major markets across the country in this business line for close to 11 years and was credited with building high quality portfolio and relationships. In his last assignment at Citibank India, he worked as Business Manager – Unsecured Lending where he was responsible for the P&L of the business and was a part of the management team of consumer bank at Citibank India.
Mr. Sharda holds a PGDM from IIM, Lucknow and a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.