Board Of Directors

Chandir Gidwani

Chandir Gidwani

Founder & Chairman Emeritus

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A distinguished first generation entrepreneur. As the Founder of the company, he has set up a robust platform that offers integrated financial services for Institutions as well as Individuals. He has contributed greatly to building a strong reputation and goodwill for the Group and built a highly experienced and competent management team, which is poised to lead Centrum into a high growth trajectory. An astute investor with a vision of identifying businesses that have immense growth potential. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant

Jaspal Bindra

Jaspal Bindra

Executive Chairman

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Mr. Jaspal Bindra is a seasoned Banker with a successful global MNC career of over 30 years. He was previously the Asia-Pacific Head of Standard Chartered Bank and has also worked with Bank of America & UBS. He has vast expertise in all areas of banking including Treasury, Capital markets, Investment Banking and Consumer Banking.

Under his leadership, the Centrum Group has diversified its operations from a fee based business to a fee cum lending model with the introduction of Housing Finance, SME & Micro Finance businesses.

He is currently the Chairman of FICCI’s Maharashtra Council and a Governing Board Member of XLRI.

Mahakhurshid Byramjee

Mahakhurshid Byramjee

Non-Executive Director

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Mrs. Mahakhurshid Byramjee is a prominent businesswoman. Realty development, especially developing housing projects is her passion. She is an entrepreneur in her own right. She has been in the construction business for over a decade. Besides managing the construction business, she is also involved in the family business of shipping, transportation, equipment handling, port related activities & logistics.

Rishad Byramjee

Rishad Byramjee

Non-Executive Director

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Mr. Rishad Byramjee is the Managing Director of the Casby Logistics Group of Companies since 2003. Established in 1857, the company is a market leader in stevedoring activities India.  Prior to taking on his current post, Rishad was actively involved in the Operations of the family business. In 2002 he gained a Master of Science degree with a specialization in Logistics and Supply Chain from the UK.

Under his leadership, the company expanded its Logistics operations from a regional scale to a pan-India scale within the business verticals of Air, Sea, Surface and Rail Cargo movement. Rishad's contemporary management style combined with the family values on which the company was built have influenced steady growth in the face of adversity and global slowdowns.

He leads the diversification and expansion program at Casby and has successfully initiated new businesses such as Solution Design, Warehousing and Refrigerated . He is also involved in the growth of the other Group offerings that include Construction & Real Estate development, Digital Security & Surveillance, telecommunications and Software Development. 

K R Kamath

K R Kamath

Non-Executive Director

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Mr. Ramchandra Kasargod Kamath started his career in Corporation Bank as an Officer Trainee in 1977. He has been the Chairman of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) and Governing Board of Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). He has also been the President of Indian Institute of Banking & Finance (IIBF) and Bankers’ Club, Delhi. He has been the member of Governing Board of National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM), Pune and Governing Council of Institute for Development & Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT), Hyderabad. During his career Mr. Kamath is known for his conceptual clarity, insight, communication skills and ability to build result oriented teams.

Mr. Kamath has led initiatives for promoting sound and efficient corporate governance practices where ever he worked. Mr. Kamath has been the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Punjab National Bank ( PNB ) and has been successful in changing the public perception about PNB and improving rankings of the Bank on various prestigious platforms is evidence to the fact. Under the leadership of Mr. Kamath, PNB’s rank improved from 186th to 175th in The Banker’s Top 1000 Banks of the World. Prior to moving to PNB, Mr. Kamath was CMD of Allahabad Bank and Executive Director of Bank of India.

Mr. Kamath was also the Chairman of PNB Housing Finance where he played a key role in divestment of PNB’s stake and making PNBHF the first successful PPP in the financial services space during his tenure growing 6x in 4.5 years to become the largest unlisted housing finance company in the country.

Rajesh Nanavaty

Rajesh Nanavaty

Non-Executive Director

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Mr. Rajesh Nanavaty is the Director of V K Nanavaty Share & Stock Brokers Pvt. Ltd, a member of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Prior to that, he was with The Dharamsi Morarji Chemical Co. Ltd for over 20 years as a Corporate Planner. He has a Science degree from the University of Mumbai, and has a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from USA. He has also completed a course in Corporate Planning from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

Anjali Seth

Anjali Seth

Non-Executive Independent Director

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Ms. Anjali Seth has over 25 years’ experience as a professional lawyer advising and consulting with Banks, Financial Institutions, and large corporates.

She started her career as a litigation lawyer and then moved to the corporate sector. She has advised and consulted on a range of matters including M&As, Private Equity (PE) Investments, Stressed Assets, Non-Performing Assets (NPAs), recovery matters, Industrial/Employee Relations, Corporate Governance, Real Estate Negotiations, etc.

She has been associated in various positions with International Finance Corporation, Swaadhar Finserve, ANZ Grindlays Bank, Emmar Properties and Standard Chartered Bank.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in law from University of Delhi and a bachelor’s degree in arts (honours) from Meerut University.

Manmohan Shetty

Manmohan Shetty

Non-Executive Independent Director

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Mr. Manmohan Shetty is a Founder of Adlab Films Ltd., one of the largest entertainment corporation of India. He is currently a director of ADLABS Entertainment Ltd, Thrill Park Limited, Walkwater Media Limited among others. He is one of the most significant people in Indian Entertainment economy today and is seen as one of the key visionaries in the industry. He is currently a Council member of Film & Television Producers Guild of India. He has established India’s first and World’s largest IMAX dome theatre. He has held key position in media & entertainment focused government bodies & Federation including Ex-Chairman of National Film Development Corporation.

Narayan Vasudedo Prabhu Tendulkar

NVP Tendulkar

Non-Executive Independent Director

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Mr. Narayan has 37 years of experience in Finance, General Management & Operations in IT, Telecom, Manufacturing industries with American & European based multinational organizations & Tata Group (International business & Operations) with ability to resolve successfully multi-dimensional, dynamic & challenging issues of the Companies. He has successfully completed the program ‘HP Becoming a Business Partner: The CFO Mindset’ from The Wharton School in March 2006. He is also a qualified Company Secretary and Chartered Accountant.

R.S. Reddy

R.S. Reddy

Non-Executive Independent Director

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Mr. Rajasekhara Reddy was the Ex-Chairman & Managing Director of Andhra Bank and an Executive Director of Union Bank of India. He has over 37 years of experience in the Banking Sector. He has varied exposure in rural and small & medium enterprises lending, NRI business, foreign exchange and cross- country products.

Subhash Gundappa Kutte

Subhash Gundappa Kutte

Non-Executive Independent Director

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Mr. Subhash Kutte has been a Banker through out his life. He had joined Ratnakar Bank in June 1980 and served the bank for thirty-four years, initially in an executive capacity across various departments, including MD & CEO, and in the last four years as its non-executive Chairman. He retired as the Chairman of Ratnakar Bank Ltd. in the year 2014. He is presently working as a “Senior Advisor” for the said Bank.

During his stewardship the Bank has overcome enormous challenges which included the raising of Capital funds to the tune of 300 crores. He has an experience of four decades in the field of banking. He holds a bachelor's degree in commerce. Mr. Kutte is also a Director on the Board of Ghatge Patil Industries Ltd. since the year 2014.

SK Mitra

S.K Mitra

Non-Executive Independent Director

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Mr. S.K Mitra joins our board with over 40 years of experience in the financial industry. He has held roles in companies such as Standard Chartered, American Express and the Aditya Birla Group, operating across functions such as investment banking, asset management and financial services.

Rajesh Srivastav

Rajesh Srivastav

Non-Executive Independent Director

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Rajesh Srivastava is the Executive Chairman of Rabo Equity Advisors, managing Rabobank sponsored private equity funds (AUM US$270mln), both focused on food and agribusiness. The Funds have blue chip investors like Rabobank; IFC; CDC Group, UK; Asian Development Bank; Generali Insurance, Italy; FMO; Proparco, France; IFU, Denmark amongst their investors. He has so far closed 16 investments, all in different sub-sectors and has made 5 profitable exits.

Before setting up the private equity business, he was Managing Director (Corporate & Commercial Banking) of Rabobank India. Concurrently, he was Regional Head, Asia for food and agribusiness for over 5 years based in Singapore. In Rabobank, he is credited with setting up several new products such as Strategic Advisory, Renewable Energy, Carbon Credits and Micro Finance. Before Rabobank, he was with Lazard Brothers’ Venture Capital arm where he set up the largest VC Fund of the time for SMEs. Starting his career with Bank of Baroda, he has over 37 years of experience in corporate and investment banking.

Rajesh is regarded as “go to” resource on creative policy and finance solutions in agriculture and food processing. He is regarded as a pioneer in establishing a private equity market for food and agribusiness sector and for advocacy on policies on agriculture/food processing. Amongst others, he sits on the CII National Committees on Agriculture & Allied Sectors, Food Processing, and co-chairs the CII National Committee on PE/VC. He also sits on the Board of  Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation.

Committees

Audit Committee

  • Rajesekhara Reddy– Chairman
  • Subhash Kutte– Member
  • Rishad Byramjee– Member
  • N V P Tendulkar– Member

Nomination & Remuneration Committee

  • Subhash Kutte– Chairperson
  • Rajesekhara Reddy– Member
  • Rajesh Nanavaty– Member
  • Chandir Gidwani– Member

Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

  • Chandir Gidwani– Member
  • Rajesh Nanavati– Member
  • Subhash Kutte– Member