R. M. VISHAKHA - MD & CEO

R. M. VISHAKHA

MD & CEO

Vishakha RM has helmed IndiaFirst Life as its MD & CEO since March 2015. Under her strong leadership, the company has demonstrated a significant growth rate and steadily risen in industry ranking. Leading from the front, Vishakha spearheaded the seamless transition of shareholding from former partner, Legal and General to Warburg Pincus in 2019.  

Vishakha has been recognised  by ET-BFSI.com as Dynamic Women Leaders in India (2022) and Powerful Women Leaders in BFSI sector (2021). She features in Business Today’s Most Powerful Women (2022) and has won CEO of the Year award at Campaign India's Women Leading Change 2022 Award. Vishakha ranked among the Top 50 of Fortune India’s ‘Most Powerful Women’ in business three times in a row (2017, 2018, and 2019). She has also been bestowed with ‘Most Influential Woman’ by the Business World magazine. ICAI bestowed Vishakha with the prestigious award of CA Business Leader – Women (2017).  

During her tenure, IndiaFirst Life was recognised by Great Place to Work® Institute (India) as -- India's Best Workplaces in BFSI 2021 three times in a row, Great Place to Work-Certified" for the fourth consecutive year, India's Best Workplaces for Women 2021, and India's Best 100 Companies to Work For 2021. The organisation won Life Insurance Company of The Year at India Insurance Summit 2022 and The Economic Times Best Brands 2021 award by The Economic Times. 

A thought leader, she is a member of CII National Council and co-chairs the CII Pension and Insurance committee. She is also a member of CII National committee of financial inclusion and CII Task Force on Fintech. She is an independent Director on the board of NRB Bearings Private Limited.  

Vishakha continues to guide and mentor the upcoming generation of thinkers and leaders. Some of her prestigious mentorship associations include International Insurance Society (IIS) Mentor program, WWB Leadership and Diversity for Innovation Program, RGA Leaders for Tomorrow and WILL Forum. As a mentor,  she actively contributes as a Charter Member of Exqualifi by AIWMI. 

A Chartered Accountant equipped with a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Systems, Vishakha is also a Fellow of the Insurance Institute of India. 

RUSHABH GANDHI - Deputy Chief Executive Officer

RUSHABH GANDHI

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Rushabh Gandhi is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of our Company. He holds a master’s degree in management studies from the University of Mumbai. He joined our Company with effect from May 9, 2015. Previously, he was associated with Canara HSBC Life Insurance Company Limited as head of sales and with Birla Sun Life Insurance Company Limited as senior manager (alternate channel and group). He has also previously worked at Aviva Life Insurance Company Limited. He was awarded the ‘Business Leadership’ award by the Indian Achievers’ Forum for 2021-2022, the ‘Visionary Leadership’ award under the Elets BFSI Gamechanger Awards in 2022 and the ‘Innovative Leader’ award by Silver Feather Awards in 2021. He is inter alia responsible for overseeing marketing, products, customer experience, strategy, business development, human capital and sales and distribution in our Company. 

KEDAR PATKI - Chief Financial Officer

KEDAR PATKI

Chief Financial Officer

Kedar Patki is the Chief Financial Officer of our Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Pune and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He joined our Company with effect from August 6, 2019. Previously, he was the chief financial officer of IDBI Federal Life Insurance Company Limited. He was also associated with Tata AIG General Insurance Company Limited as vice president (finance and accounts), AXA Business Services Private Limited as associate vice president and with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company Limited as senior manager (finance). He has also previously worked at SBI Life Insurance Company Limited. He is inter alia responsible for planning, budgeting, finance and investment operations in our Company. 

ATRI CHAKRABORTY - Chief Operating Officer

ATRI CHAKRABORTY

Chief Operating Officer

Atri Chakraborty is the Chief Operating Officer of our Company. He holds a master’s degree in management studies from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. He joined our Company with effect from June 30, 2020. Previously, he was associated with Tata AIG General Insurance Company Limited as the chief of operations and facilities and with Citibank N.A. as an assistant vice-president. He is inter alia responsible for distribution and branch operations, customer service, persistency, new business and underwriting, claims and change management in our Company. 

PRAVEEN MENON - Chief People Officer

PRAVEEN MENON

Chief People Officer

Praveen Menon is the Chief People Officer of our Company. He holds a master’s degree in financial management from the University of Mumbai, a diploma in business management from the L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai and an executive post graduate diploma in human resources management from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has passed the junior associate examination of the Indian Institute of Bankers. He joined our Company with effect from November 2, 2015. Previously, he was associated with Axis Bank Limited as deputy vice president (human resources), the textiles, acrylic fibre and overseas spinning business of the Aditya Birla group as assistant vice president (human resources) and with Nielsen (India) Private Limited as associate director (compensation and benefits for India region). He is inter alia responsible for human resources, training, administration and infrastructure, group business and procurement in our Company. 

SUNANDA ROY - Country Head – Bank of Baroda

SUNANDA ROY

Country Head – Bank of Baroda

Sunanda Roy is the Country Head – Bank of Baroda of our Company. He holds a post graduate diploma in general management from the Emeritus Institute of Management, Singapore. He joined our Company with effect from December 17, 2018. Previously, he was associated with Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Company Limited as senior vice president (retail sales), Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited as premier relationship manager in Kolkata and with Bharti Mobitel Limited as key accounts manager. He is inter alia responsible for sales and distribution, business development and channel relationships for Bank of Baroda in our Company. 

ANJANA RAO - Chief Strategy Officer

ANJANA RAO

Chief Strategy Officer

Anjana Rao is the Chief Strategy Officer of our Company. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur. She joined our Company with effect from December 28, 2015. Previously, she was associated with Ernst & Young LLP as senior manager (performance improvement advisory), Universal Sompo General Insurance Company Limited as assistant general manager (IT) and also worked at Oracle India Private Limited. She has completed the change management certification program from Prosci and the Change Management Learning Center as well as the course on design thinking from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She is inter alia responsible for driving business transformation through innovation in our Company. 

SUBHANKAR SENGUPTA - Country Head - UBI & BroCA

SUBHANKAR SENGUPTA

Country Head - UBI & BroCA

Subhankar Sengupta is the Country Head – Union Bank and Business Partners of our Company. He attended the bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Kolkata and holds a post graduate diploma in business management from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata. He joined our Company with effect from October 1, 2019. Previously, he was associated with Tata AIA Life Insurance Company Limited as head (HDFC Bank branch banking. HDFC securities) in partnership distribution, Ahli Bank (QSC) as head of direct sales, Standard Chartered Bank India as area sales manager under liabilities (direct sales) and with Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited as assistant manager 245 (retail). He is inter alia responsible for business generation through the open architecture bancassurance relationship with Union Bank and business generation through brokers and corporate agents in the non-exclusive business environment in our Company. 

SANKARANARAYANAN RAGHAVAN - Chief Technology and Data Officer

SANKARANARAYANAN RAGHAVAN

Chief Technology and Data Officer

Sankaranarayanan Raghavan is the Chief Technology and Data Officer of our Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s degree in business administration from Bharathidasan University. He has also completed the post graduate programme in management for senior executives at the Indian School of Business and is currently a fellow of the Insurance Institute of India and the Life Management Institute. He joined our Company with effect from June 22, 2020. He has over 26 years of experience in digital strategy and business management. Previously, he was the chief operating officer of Aegon Life Insurance Company Limited. He was also associated with HCL Technologies Limited as senior business manager, Computer Sciences Corporation India Private Limited as business analyst and with Life Insurance Corporation of India as an assistant. He is inter alia responsible for data and data sciences strategy, implementation and monitoring efficiency in our Company.

Dr. POONAM TANDON - Chief Investment Officer

Dr. POONAM TANDON

Chief Investment Officer

Dr. Poonam Tandon is the Chief Investment Officer of our Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce (honours) from the University of Delhi, a post graduate diploma in business management from the Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur and a doctorate of philosophy in management studies from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. She is a certified associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers. She joined our Company with effect from February 25, 2010. Previously, she was associated with MetLife India Insurance Company Limited as chief manager (investments). She is inter alia responsible for overseeing the investment function in our Company. 

SUNDER NATARAJAN - Chief Risk Officer

SUNDER NATARAJAN

Chief Risk Officer

Sunder Natarajan is the Chief Risk Officer of our Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Madras and a post graduate diploma in business administration from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He has passed the licentiate examination of the Insurance Institute of India as well as the intermediate examination held by the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. He is currently the volunteer deputy chair of the India regional group of the Institute of Risk Management. He joined our Company with effect from September 15, 2015. Previously, he was associated with Aviva Life Insurance Company Limited as vice president (customer operations). He is inter alia responsible for overseeing the risk, internal audit and legal functions in our Company.

BHAVNA VERMA - Appointed Actuary

BHAVNA VERMA

Appointed Actuary

Bhavna Verma is the Appointed Actuary of our Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in arts (mathematics) from the University of Delhi. She is currently a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in India and a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the United Kingdom. She joined our Company with effect from March 14, 2022 and was designed as Appointed Actuary with effect from March 21, 2022. Previously, she was associated with Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance Company Limited as senior vice president, Towers Watson India Private Limited as a consultant and with Milliman India Private Limited as a trainee actuary. She is inter alia responsible for managing actuarial function, including overseeing regulatory and shareholder reporting, product development and management and financial and insurance risk analysis in our Company.