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Board of Directors

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

Mr. Rakesh Bharti Mittal is Chairman and Non-Executive Director in the Company since 10th September 2009. Mr. Mittal holds Directorship in 19 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). 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 Kumar Gupta
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Akhil Kumar Gupta is a Non-Executive Director of the Company since 21st October 2010. He is the Vice Chairman of Bharti Group and Executive Chairman of Bharti Infratel Limited and has played a pivotal role in Bharti’s phenomenal growth right since inception, being closely involved from the very beginning in the growth of Bharti in the telecommunication services sector – both organically and by way of various acquisitions. Mr. Gupta is a Chartered Accountant by qualification with over 30 years of professional experience. Mr. Gupta has also done an “Advanced Management Program” at the Harvard Business School in the year 2002. 

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. Mr. Gupta 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 Kohli
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Harjeet Kohli serves as the Non-Executive Director of the Company since 29th August, 2016. Mr. Kohli possesses over 21 years of professional experience and is BE (Mechanical) and MBA (Finance) by qualification. 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. Mr. Kohli 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. Mr. Kohli serves as a Director on the boards of Bharti AXA Life Insurance Company Limited, Bharti Realty Limited, , Brightstar Telecommunications India Limited , , Centum Workskills India Limited, amongst others.

Mr. Rajesh Sud
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Rajesh Sud is a Non-Executive Director in the Company since 28th August 2019. He is also the Managing Director – Bharti Life Ventures Private Limited. 

Mr. Sud was a founder member of Max Life Insurance since 2000. He took over as CEO & Managing Director of Max Life Insurance in 2008 and accomplished rapid transformation by raising Max Life to 4th largest private life insurer and the largest non-bank promoted private life insurance company in India.  Mr. Sud led Max Life Insurance as its Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director till December 2018 and was also the Chairman of Max Bupa Health Insurance and Max Skill First, a training and skilling company. 
As a part of the founding management team, Mr. Sud established successful multichannel distribution architecture and created a differentiated brand positioning for Max Life through its focus on people, processes, quality and training. As the Chairperson of Max Bupa Health Insurance, he played a pivotal role in realizing the Company's mission to help people live healthy and happy lives. As the Chairperson of Max Skill First, the Company added to the organizational capabilities across corporates by delivering best-in-class skill development programs in areas of frontline sales and services.

Prior to joining Max Life Insurance, Mr. Sud was associated with Esanda Finance India as Managing Director & CEO, a subsidiary finance company of ANZ Grindlays Bank and was the Head of Asset Finance at ANZ Grindlays Bank. He started career at Bank of America and was a key member of the team that created a successful Consumer Banking franchise in India and was an integral part of the team that transited that business to ABN Amro Bank, upon its sale in 1999. 

Mr. Sud is a post graduate in Marketing and Finance from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University and has completed Advanced Management Program from Wharton Business School, USA. He mentors select start up CEOs and a technology focused Venture Capital fund and is also the founding member and past President of The FMS Forum, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated towards improving management education.

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 Life 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 Graduate Diploma 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 Ajay Relan
Non-Executive Independent Director

Ms. Uma Ajay Relan is a Non-Executive Independent Director in the Company since 10th   February 2015. Ms. Relan is Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law (General). 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 1st January 2016. 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). 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 was associated with 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 the AXA Group in 2000 launching the AXA Group Risk Management practice.

Mr. Marc Pierre Charles Audrin
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Marc Pierre Charles Audrin is a 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 & Chief Executive Officer at Bharti AXA General Insurance, since 21st December 2016. Mr. Srinivasan is a post graduate in management and graduate in science with statistics as a specialization. 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.

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