Head –Branch Ops, Persistency & Financial Ops
Naman Gupta is currently the Head - Branch Ops, Persistency & Financial Ops at IndiaFirst Life.
He is a founder member of IndiaFirst Life and has played a significant role in setting up and defining the Operations and Service Department at the company. Passionate about delivering customer delight, Naman aims to instil the #CustomerFirst philosophy in every dimension across the company.
Naman began his journey at IndiaFirst Life as a business analyst and then went to head the New Business Operations department. He was elevated to the position of Head-Customer Service and Channel Services. During this time, the company received recognition by reputed industry forums and titled Customer Service provider of the year 2019, Customer Excellence in Insurance Sector and Best use of technology in a Contact centre among others.
His breadth of experience includes previous stints at Stock Holding Corporation of India (SHCIL), ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company and Reliance Retail Ltd. Here, he not only played a key role in setting up multiple branches successfully but also managed branch operations diligently over the course of time.
He believes in empowering and mentoring his team members to ensure overall personal and professional growth. Naman is a commerce graduate and holds a post graduate degree in Management Studies with a specialisation in Finance and Marketing from the Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad.
Amey Pramod Patil
Country Head - GCL & Agency
Amey Pramod Patil is the Country Head - Group Credit Life & Agency. A founder member, since joining IndiaFirst Life in 2009, Amey has been instrumental in ensuring a robust growth across different sales verticals. Under his leadership, in the last three years, the GCL channel has witnessed a sharp growth by 300% in addition to penetrating additional markets pan India which has led to making this channel the highest VNB margin for the company. Before becoming the Country Head in 2021, Amey was the National Head - GCL Channel at IndiaFirst Life and prior to that the National Head of the Bancassurance West Zone channel.
His prior industry experience includes stints with Reliance Nippon Life Insurance and Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance.
An effective leader, Amey believes in empowering each individual in his team. He deems them to be the best decision makers at the heart of action.
Amey holds a Master of Financial Services degree, LLB and Bachelor of Commerce degree from Goa University. He is also a recipient of the Cultural Champion Award.
Country Head – Rural Channels & Direct
Munish Bhardwaj is the Country Head – Rural Channels & Direct at IndiaFirst Life. He oversees IndiaFirst Life’s RRB, Strategic Alliances, Micro & Direct and has successfully penetrated IndiaFirst Life’s product offerings across geographies pan India.
He is tasked with enhancing the company footprint across multi-channels and is credited with the successful establishment and growth of business performance in low performing Bank Of Baroda branches. In addition to this, his prior experience of being the Head of Bancassurance channel has enabled him to reach customers everywhere in the country. Munish consistently endeavours to fulfil the objective of bringing life insurance to the last mile.
A successful industry professional, he has also held stints at companies like HDFC Life and Bajaj Allianz in addition to the pharma industry.
In addition to being an MBA graduate, Munish holds a Bachelor of Science in Maths from the University of Rajasthan and a Diploma in Computer Science from the Birla Institute Of Scientific Research. He has undertaken various management development programmes over the years.
Chief Business Officer
Sameer Gupta is the Chief Business Officer at IndiaFirst Life. His role encompasses driving sales and product strategy which is focussed on creating value for business and steering business growth.
In addition to this he is also responsible for managing key business partnerships & developing robust sales models to ensure business predictability across Bancassurance & Alternate Channels.
Since joining IndiaFirst Life as one of the founder members, he has significantly contributed towards developing efficient sales management tools in addition to securing and executing profitable partnerships.
His professional journey spans over 23 years in the insurance industry. Prior to joining IndiaFirst Life, he was associated with companies like HDFC Life & Canara HSBC OBC Life Insurance where he gained rich experience of sales across Agency & Banca Channels.
Sameer holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the Centre for Management Development, Modinagar.
Chief Marketing Officer
Aashish Walia is the Chief Marketing Officer at IndiaFirst Life. He currently spearheads the company’s Marketing, PR, Products, Customer Experience, Direct & Digital Sales functions.
Before being appointed the CMO in 2021, Aashish was the Head of Marketing and PR at IndiaFirst Life where he played a pivotal role in strategizing and implementing IndiaFirst Life’s brand presence across mediums. His able proficiency has led to IndiaFirst Life being recognised for its innovative and impactful brand and marketing campaigns by platforms like IAMAI, ACEF, BuzzIn Content, Social Samosa among others. The company has also been recognized among India’s Most Admirable Brands 2019-20 on NDTV Prime Profit.
In a career spanning over two decades, Aashish has been instrumental in building marketing strategies, loyalty programs and distribution strategies for companies like AIMIA, iContract, Tata Teleservices, Aviva Life Insurance and Birla Sun Life Insurance.
A seasoned industry professional, he has also been invited to be a part of various industry forums. He holds an MBA in Marketing & Systems from the Indian Institute of Planning and Management, New Delhi and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from S.I.E.S. Mumbai.