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Board of Directors

Mr. Rakesh Bharti Mittal
Non-Executive Director (Chairman)

Mr. Rakesh Bharti Mittal is the Non-Executive Director (Chairman) in the Company since 10th September, 2009. Mr. Mittal holds Directorship in 18 companies. Being a long standing and active member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mr. Mittal has been elected as President of CII for the year 2018-19. Mr. Mittal has been a member of the CII National Council since 1999 and has served as the Chairman of CII CSR Council, Development Initiative Council, National Council on Agriculture, CII Public Policy Council and the Membership Council. He has also served as a member of several CII National Committees as well as the Chairman of its Northern Regional Council.

Mr. Mittal is a member of India-UK CEO Forum, India-Japan Business Leaders’ Forum, India Pakistan Joint Business Forum (IPJBF), Founders Circle - Brookings India and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He is also a member of Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA). In the past, he served as a member of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). He has also served as member of the Society of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the National Food Processing Development Council (NFPDC), MoFPI, Government of India.

In the past, he has served on the Advisory Council of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Delhi, a member of the Board of Governors of Thapar University, Punjab and the Punjab Education Development Board. Rakesh served as a member of the ‘Round Table on School Education’ for Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India. He has also served as a member of the International Advisory Council of Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, USA and the Executive Council of YMCA University of Science and Technology. Mr. Mittal was also a member of India – Canada CEOs Forum and Punjab Investment Advisory Council (PIAC).

Mr. Mittal has been awarded the Honorary Doctor of Civil Law Degree by Newcastle University, UK. He is a recipient of several awards including the prestigious ’Horasis – Indian Business Leader of the Year 2016 Award (Internationalization), ‘Institute of Engineers - Engineering Excellence Award 2004’, and ‘LMA - Entrepreneur of the year Award 1992’.

He also serves as Honorary Consul for Republic of Sierra Leone in India.

Mr. Akhil Gupta
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Akhil Gupta is the Vice Chairman of Bharti Group and Executive Chairman of Bharti Infratel Limited. He has played a pivotal role in Bharti’s phenomenal growth right since inception and has been closely involved from the very beginning in the growth of Bharti in the telecommunication services sector – both organically and by way of various acquisitions.

He has led the formation of various partnerships for Bharti with leading international operators like British Telecom, Telecom Italia, Singapore Telecom and Vodafone in addition to induction of leading financial investors like Warburg Pincus, Temasek, KKR, Qatar Foundation Endowment, AIF and Sequoia among many other Private Equity funds. He has also been instrumental in raising several billion dollars by way of project finance for the Group over the years from global banks & bond markets.

He has conceptualized and implemented the transformational initiatives that include the outsourcing deals undertaken by the group in the areas of Information Technology (IT) with IBM, Network Management and has also been responsible for the separation of passive mobile infrastructure and forming Indus Towers - a Joint Venture with Vodafone and Idea, which has become the largest tower company in the world and is a unique example of collaborating at the backend while competing at the front end.  With innovative thought leadership, he has helped Bharti Airtel in becoming the lowest cost producer of minutes worldwide while ensuring that it provides good margin despite the lowest tariffs in the world.

In June 2010, he was instrumental in executing the acquisition of Zain Group’s mobile operations in 15 countries across Africa for an enterprise valuation of over USD 10 billion which is the second largest outbound deal by an Indian company.

He has also spearheaded the successful public listings of both Bharti Airtel (2002) and Bharti Infratel (2012) and has been instrumental in introducing global benchmarks like full quarterly audits and transparent quarterly reports to provide all relevant information to investors & stakeholders. Consequently, Bharti Airtel and Bharti Infratel have been constantly awarded highest ratings for Corporate Governance and are acknowledged globally for highest standards of ethics.

He is currently the Chairman of TAIPA (Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association) and President of TSSC (Telecom Sector Skill Council). He represents the Indian Telecom Industry and Bharti regularly at various forums and important seminars in India and abroad. 

He is a Chartered Accountant by qualification with over 30 years of professional experience. He has also done an “Advanced Management Program” at the Harvard Business School in the year 2002.

He is the recipient of numerous awards which include “EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017” as an Entrepreneur CEO, CA Lifetime Achievement Award by ICAI, Lifetime Achievement Award by Amity University, “CEO of the Year” award at National Telecom Awards, “CA Business Achiever” award, “Asia Corporate Dealmaker” award at the Asia Pacific M&A Atlas Awards, “Best CFO” awards in multiple categories at CNBC – TV18 and induction to “Hall of Fame“ by CFO India.

Mr. Harjeet Singh Kohli
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Harjeet Singh Kohli serves as the Non-Executive Director of the Company since 29th August, 2016. Starting as a corporate & investment banker & finance professional leading into business roles, Mr. Kohli has 21+ years of work experience. As the Director Finance for Bharti Group, he sponsors the business value proposition & growth for all of group's emerging businesses, across Insurance, Real Estate, FMCG, Tech & Distribution & others apart from leading the group’s and Airtel’s corporate finance, funding and risk verticals. 

Harjeet serves as a Director on the boards of Bharti AXA General Insurance Company Limited, Bharti Realty Limited, Comviva Technologies Limited, Brightstar India, Centum Learning Limited, Centum Workskills India Limited, amongst others.

Harjeet has also been a specialist across equity, financing and markets space, both as a banker to large corporates as also as a large cap multinational issuer / corporate & leads the corporate finance function for Airtel & Bharti Group, for capital structure, equity, currency & rate risk, investments management, and stakeholders’ management. Harjeet has worked on several strategic projects for Bharti group, across expansion, acquisitions, divestitures, IPO, QIP, Secondary sales, capital markets debt, equity market – across listed companies (Airtel/ Infratel) & including business/franchise deals in Insurance, foods, real estate etc. 

Prior to joining Bharti group, he had 12 + years of corporate & investment banking experience at Citibank, across business build-outs, product lead, structuring, sales, relationship management, capital markets & market management. Having played the role of a Trusted Advisor to clients across all their senior needs, organic as well as strategic; complimented well by corporate / buy side roles across capital management and business - provides him the ability to look at diverse businesses, across industries and varied evolution and situations, for strategic interventions so as to create and enhance value.

Mr. Soumen Ghosh
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Soumen Ghosh is Non-Executive Director in the Company since 11th May, 2017. Mr. Ghosh is responsible for strengthening the management processes, business expansion and governance. He served as the Group Chief Executive Officer of Reliance Capital Limited, Regional Chief Executive Officer of Middle East of Allianz SE of Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Co. Ltd., Chief Executive Officer of Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company Ltd. (BALICL) and Chief Executive Officer and Country Manager of Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Co. Ltd.  He has also served as an Executive Director of Reliance Capital Limited, Non- Executive Director of Bharti AXA General Insurance Company Limited, Director of Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Limited (formerly known as, Reliance Capital Asset Management Limited), Director of Reliance General Insurance Company Limited and Non-Executive Director at Reliance Home Finance Limited until March 31, 2017. A Chartered Accountant from England and a Mechanical Engineer, Mr. Ghosh comes with 35 years of experience, 28 years of them in the insurance sector across Asia-Pacific and Middle-Eastern region. He has worked across multiple assignments in the area of capital market, money market and current market operations.

Mr. Bharat Sumant Raut
Non-Executive Independent Director

Mr. Bharat Sumant Raut is a Non-Executive Independent Director in the Company since  31st March, 2010. Mr. Raut holds bachelor’s degrees in law and commerce from the University of Bombay. He is a Chartered Accountant and a fellow member of ICAI. He was associated with Sharp and Tannan, Chartered Accountants as a partner, with Price Waterhouse, Chartered Accountants as a partner and with B S R & Co. LLP, (originally Bharat S Raut & Co.), Chartered Accountants and BSR & Associates LLP (originally BSR & Associates), Chartered Accountants, as their founding partner. Since 2006, he is a member of the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa, and has been practicing as an advocate. He serves as an Independent Director of IDFC AMC Trustee Company Limited, Non-Executive & Independent Director of Grindwell Norton Ltd. and Bharti Axa General Insurance Company Limited. He also serves as a Trustee Director of IDFC Asset Management Company Limited and as a Director of Universal Medicare Private Limited, IDFC Pension Fund Management Company Ltd., Geltec Private Limited, I-Flex Solutions Trustee Company Limited and Tuscan Ventures Private Limited.

Mr. Jitender Balakrishnan
Non-Executive Independent Director

Mr. Jitender Balakrishnan is a Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company since 1st June, 2010. Mr. Balakrishnan has 39 years of experience in the financial sector, Oil and Gas, Refineries, Power, Telecom, Airports, Roads, Ports, Steel, Cement, Fertilizers, Petrochemicals, Hotel, Pharmaceuticals and Paper etc. Mr. Balakrishnan has graduated in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology (NIT),Trichurapalli, India and holds a Post Grad Dip in Industrial Management from Bombay University, India. He is skilled in Portfolio Management, Risk Management, Corporate Finance, Banking, and Investment Banking. Mr. Balakrishnan served as an Advisor to various corporates and serves as an Independent Director on the board of Polyplex Corporation Limited, Usha Martin Limited, Sarda Energy & Minerals Limited, Bharti Infratel Limited, India Glycols Ltd. and CG Power and Industrial Solutions Limited.

Ms. Uma Relan
Non-Executive Independent Director

Ms. Uma Relan is a Non-Executive Independent Director in the Company since 10th February, 2015. Ms. Relan specialises in Consumer Credit and spent much of her career with Citigroup working in multiple geographies, various banking disciplines and diverse product groups.  She worked in Dubai for 6 years as head of credit for the Gulf region where she successfully launched the first credit card portfolio in UAE.  The bulk of her career has been with Citigroup’s consumer business where she was the principal architect of the growth story in several markets across the globe.  She has the distinction of being a Level 1 Senior Credit Officer (the most senior credit designation in Citibank) for both commercial and retail lending.

Mr. Jean Paul Dominique Louis Drouffe
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Jean Paul Dominique Louis Drouffe serves as Non-Executive Director of the Company (in India) since January 2016. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of AXA Insurance (Singapore) & Strategic Development Officer - India, Malaysia, Vietnam at AXA since July 2017. Previously Mr. Drouffe was the Chief Executive Officer of AXA Asia – GI, leading the AXA GI business in South East Asia as well as overseeing all AXA Entities (GI and Life) for; India, Malaysia Singapore and Philippines. Until December 2015 he was the Chief Executive Officer for AXA France in the West region. He served as Group Finance Risk & Strategy Director based out of AXA UK Plc from June 2010 until September 2013. In 2004, he joined AXA UK & Ireland, where he took up the transversal position of Head of Financial Risk Management and before CFO for AXA UK GI Business. Mr. Drouffe joined AXA Group in 2000 launching the AXA Group Risk Management practice. Prior to joining AXA in 2000, he worked for Arthur Andersen, as an Actuarial Consultant. He graduated from École Polytechnique in Paris (from September 1994 to July 1997) Majored in Economics and Applied Mathematics, ENSAE (from Sep 1997 to Aug 1999) Majored in Economics, Insurance, Finance and Statistics and is a Qualified Actuary from French Institute IAF ( Dec 1999).

Mr. Marc Pierre Charles Audrin
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Marc Pierre Charles Audrin is the Non-Executive Director of the Company, since May 2019. He has been associated with the AXA Group since 1993. He has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, focussed on both - the insurance sector and banking and asset management businesses. Marc possesses proven abilities to work in multi-cultural environments, owing to his strong understanding of cultural nuances.

Ms. Garance Wattez Richard
Non-Executive Director

Ms. Garance Wattez Richard is a Non-Executive Director of the Company, since May 2019. She has been associated with the AXA group since 2007. She has completed her MBA Programme from INSEAD and also holds a BA in Finance & Management, Honours. Garance has also been a Board Member of MicroEnsure, the leading emerging customers mobile solutions expert and BAOBAB (formerly MicroCred), a leading African micro-finance institution. She has been a guest speaker at leading institutions such as INSEAD, Hong Kong Univ., Sciences Po.

Mr. Sanjeev Srinivasan
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Sanjeev Srinivasan is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Bharti AXA General Insurance, since December 21, 2016. Sanjeev had joined Bharti AXA General Insurance on August 09, 2016 as the Chief Commercial and Principal Officer. He is a seasoned insurance industry professional with a stellar track record of over 20 years of experience, spanning both Life and General Insurance, manufacturing and logistics. He previously worked with ICICI Lombard, where he was heading Marketing, Banc assurance and E-business in his last assignment. Sanjeev played a key role in developing the direct sales, agency sales, banc assurance and digital channels of ICICI Lombard. He was also responsible for the brand, marketing corporate communication and PR function. He has earlier worked with leading companies including Fullerton India Credit Limited, ING Life Insurance, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, Xerox India Limited and DHL Worldwide. Sanjeev is a post graduate in management, and graduate in science with statistics as a specialization.

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