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V. Vaidyanathan
Executive Chairman

Mr. V. Vaidyanathan founded Capital First Ltd by first acquiring an equity stake in an existing NBFC, and then executing a Management Buyout (MBO) by securing an equity backing of Rs. 810 crores in 2012 from PE Warburg Pincus. The MBO included (a) buyout of majority and minority shareholders through Open Offer to public; (b) Fresh capital raise of Rs. 100 crores into the company; (c) Reconstitution of the Board of Directors (d) Change of business from wholesale to retail lending; (e) Creation of a new brand “Capital First”. Post the buyout he holds shares and options totalling 12% of the equity of the company on a fully diluted basis.

He believes that financing India’s 50 mn MSMEs and India’s emerging middle class, with a differentiated model based on new technology platforms, offers a unique opportunity in India. As part of this belief, on acquiring control of the management, he exited legacy businesses of Real estate financing, Foreign Exchange, Broking, Investment management and instead transformed the company into a large retail financing institution with operations in more than 225 locations across India. Between March 2010 to March 2018, he has grown the retail financing book from Rs. 94 crores ($14 million) to Rs. 25,243 crores ($3.88 billion), has grown the Equity Capital from Rs. 690 crores ($106 million) to Rs. 2,618 crores ($402.70 million), reduced Gross NPA and Net NPA from 5.36% (180 DPD) & 3.78% (180 DPD) to 1.62% (90 DPD) & 1.00% (90 DPD), got the long term credit rating upgraded to AAA. The market cap of the company has increased from Rs. 790 crores ($122 million) to Rs 6,096 crores ($0.94 billion) in March 2018. He joined ICICI Limited in early 2000 when it was a Domestic Financial Institution (DFI) and the retail businesses he built helped the transition of ICICI from a DFI to a Universal Bank. He built the Retail Banking Business for ICICI Limited since its inception, and grew ICICI Bank to 1400 Bank branches in 800 cities, 25 million customers, a vast CASA and retail deposit base, branch, internet and digital banking, built a retail loan book of over Rs. 1.35 trillion ($20 billion) in Mortgages, Auto loans, Commercial Vehicles, Credit Cards, Personal Loans. He also built the SME business and managed the Rural Banking Business. These businesses helped the conversion of the institution to a universal bank renowned for retail banking.

He was earlier the MD and CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co (2009) and an Executive Director on the Board of ICICI Bank (2006). He was also the Chairman of ICICI Home Finance Co. Ltd (2006), and served on the Board of CIBIL- India’s first Credit Bureau (2005), and SMERA- SIDBI’s Credit Rating Agency(2005). He started his career with Citibank India in 1990 and worked there till 2000, where he learnt the ropes in Consumer Banking.

During his career, he and his organization have received a large number of domestic and international awards including the prestigious “Financial Services Company of the Year, 2018 – VCCircle”, Entrepreneur of the Year Award at APEA 2017, CNBC Asia Innovative company of the year IBLA-2017, “Outstanding contribution to Financial Inclusion, India, 2017” from Capital Finance International, London, Economic Times Most Promising Business Leaders of Asia Asian Business Leaders Conclave 2016, ‘Outstanding Entrepreneur Award’ in Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2016, Greatest Corporate Leaders of India- 2014,Business Today – India’s Most Valuable Companies 2016 & 2015, Economic Times 500 India’s Future Ready Companies 2016, Fortune India’s Next 500 Companies 2016, Dun & Bradstreet India’s Top 500 Companies & Corporates 2016 & 2015. During his prior stint, awards included “Best Retail bank in Asia 2001”, “Excellence in Retail Banking Award” 2002, “Best Retail Bank in India 2003, 2004, and 2005” from the Asian Banker, “Most Innovative Bank” 2007, “Leaders under 40” from Business Today in 2009, and was nominated “Retail Banker of the Year” by EFMA Europe for 2008. He is an alumnus of Birla Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School and is a regular contributor on Financial and Banking matters in India and international forums.

Vishal Mahadevia
Non Executive Director

Mr. Mahadevia joined Warburg Pincus in 2006, is co-head of the firm's Mumbai office and focuses on the firm's investment activities in India. Previously, he was a principal at Greenbriar Equity Group, a fund focused on private equity investments in the transportation sector. Prior to that, Mr. Mahadevia worked at Three Cities Research, Inc., a New York-based private equity fund, and as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. He is a director of Alliance Tire, Continental Warehousing, Gangavaram Port, IMC Limited, QuEST Global Services and AU Financiers. Mr. Mahadevia received a B.S. in economics with a concentration in finance and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Narendra Ostawal
Non Executive Director

Narendra Ostawal is based in Mumbai, joined Warburg Pincus in 2007 and focuses on investments in India. Previously, he was an Associate at 3i, and a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Mr. Ostawal is a Chartered Accountant, received an M.B.A from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

NC Singhal
Independent Director

Mr. N. C. Singhal, aged 74, holds postgraduate qualifications in Economics, Statistics and Administration and was awarded the United Nations Development Programme Fellowship for advanced studies in the field of project formulation and evaluation, in Moscow and St. Petersburg. He received professional training in development banking at the World Bank, Washington D.C. and Kreditenstalt fur Wiederaufbau, Frankfurt. He was the founder Chief Executive Officer, designated as the Vice-Chairman & Managing Director of The Shipping Credit & Investment Corporation of India Limited (since merged with the ICICI). Earlier, he was a senior executive and then a member of the Board of Directors of ICICI Limited. He was a Banking Expert to the Industrial Development Bank of Afghanistan, for the World Bank project and a Consultant and Management Specialist with the Asian Development Bank in Philippines, South Korea, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.

Mr. Singhal is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Maritime Bureau, London and was the Vice-Chairman of the Commission on Maritime Transport of the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris. He has been non-executive Chairman / Director of several companies; including, Axis Bank Limited, Shipping Corporation of India Limited and Max New York Life Insurance Company Limited.

HEMANG RAJA
Independent Director

Mr. Hemang Raja (age 54) is an MBA from Abeline Christian University, Texas, with a major emphasis on finance. He has also done an Advanced Management Program (AMP) from Oxford University, UK. He has a vast experience of over thirty three years in financial services encompassing fund based businesses such as Project Finance and Corporate Banking, together with Treasury management and Structured products with IL&FS. Mr Raja has also been the head of Capital Market activities in the Institutional and Retail Segments when he started and became the Managing Director and CEO of the then newly formed initiative by IL & FS, namely IL & FS Investsmart Ltd.

During the last five years, he has been involved in the Private Equity and Fund Management business with Credit Suisse and Asia Growth Capital Advisers in India as MD and Head-India. Over the course of his career he has cultivated and managed over a hundred strong Corporate Relationships and has been involved in the creation of a retail customer base of more than two hundred thousand, in IL&FS and IL&FS Investsmart Ltd. He has served on the executive committee of the board of the National Stock Exchange of India as also served as a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Bombay Stock Exchange.

M. S. SUNDARA RAJAN
Independent Director

Mr. M S Sundara Rajan is a Post Graduate in Economics from University of Madras with specialization in Mathematical economics, National Income and Social Accounting. He is also a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers and Associate Member of Indian Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He was Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Indian Bank and has total experience of over 38 years in the Banking Industry. He has also earlier worked with Union Bank of India for over 33 years. During his Stewardship as CMD of Indian Bank, the said Bank has won many accolades and awards. He has been ranked 45th in the Economic Times India Inc's most powerful CEOs list (2009) and also Ranked No.2 among the CEOs of Nationalized Banks and No.6 among the CEOs of Commercial banks.

Brinda Jagirdar
Independent Director

Dr. (Mrs.) Brinda Jagirdar is an independent consulting economist with specialization in areas relating to the Indian economy and financial intermediation. She is an Independent Director and member of the Directors' Forum of the FICCI Centre for Corporate Governance. She is member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance, member of the Governing Council of Treasury Elite and visiting faculty, National Institute of Bank Management, Pune. She retired as General Manager and Chief Economist, State Bank of India, based at its Corporate Office in Mumbai.

As part of the Bank's senior Management team, Dr. Jagirdar's work at SBI involved tracking developments in the Indian and global economy and analysing implications for policy, participating in the Bank's Asset Liability Committee and Central Management Committee meetings, conducting research studies on relevant issues including financial inclusion, macroeconomic developments, banking sector reforms.

Dr.(Mrs.) Brinda Jagirdar was associated with the Raghuram Rajan Committee on Financial Sector Reforms in India, was a member of the Planning Commission's Sub Group on Household Sector Savings for the 12th Five Year Plan and member of the Ministry of Finance Group on Deepening India's Household Financial Savings.

She was member of Banking, Finance & Economics Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce, member of the Monetary Policy Group of Indian Banks' Association and editorial committee member of the journal of the Indian Banks' Association.

She has a brilliant academic record, with a Ph.D. in Economics from the Department of Economics, University of Mumbai, M.S. in Economics from the University of California at Davis, USA, MA in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune and BA in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune. She has attended an Executive Programme at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA and a leadership programme at IIM Lucknow.

She has participated and presented papers at several seminars and conferences in India and abroad. She is regularly invited to make presentations and speak on topics relating to the economy and banking. She is frequently invited to be a panelist on TV business channels and contributes columns in business newspapers and journals.

Dinesh Kanabar
Independent Director

Dinesh Kanabar is the CEO of Dhruva Tax Advisors LLP.

Dinesh is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has over 25 years' experience in advising some of the largest corporate houses in India as well as multinational companies.

Prior to founding Dhruva Tax Advisors, he held a series of leadership positions across several large professional service organizations in India. Most recently, he was the Deputy CEO of KPMG India. Before joining KPMG, he has served as the Deputy CEO of RSM & Co, a leading tax boutique in India and subsequently led the tax and regulatory practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) upon the merger of RSM & Co with PwC.

Dinesh has worked with some of the largest domestic and multinational companies in India on several aspects of domestic and cross border taxation including on transfer pricing, tax litigation, tax treaty interpretation, etc. He has also worked on some of largest joint ventures and mergers & acquisition transactions in the country. He has handled some of the biggest tax controversies in India and has advised on complex structures for both inbound and outbound investments.

He has worked closely with the government on several matters relating to corporate and tax policy, tax administration and related matters. He is also a member of the Rangachary Committee set up by the Prime Minister of India for reviewing the taxation of Development Centres and the IT Sector.
He has been consistently rated as amongst the top Tax advisors in India in the field of International Tax for the last several years, including by the International Tax Review.

Dinesh has served as a Member of Committees of several Chambers of Commerce. He is currently a member of National Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and serves as Chairman of its Taxation Committee.

Dinesh has authored several publications on professional practice, written extensively on a variety of subjects and has spoken at various seminars, national and international. He is also a regular contributor to several leading newspapers and journals on tax and related matters.

Apul Nayyar
Executive Director

Apul is the Executive Director responsible for Retail businesses in Capital First Limited.

He has more than 18 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry. Previously, he has worked in leadership positions across companies like India Infoline (IIFL), Merrill Lynch and Citigroup. His expertise in development of business models led to the setup of Lending businesses for some of the above organizations. Along with the promoters of IIFL, he laid the foundation of lending businesses for IIFL Group.

Apul is a qualified chartered accountant.

Nihal Desai
Executive Director

He is the Chief Risk Officer and is responsible for Risk, IT and Operations at Capital First Ltd.

He has more than 20 years of work experience in the Financial Services domain including 16 years with ICICI Bank Ltd as part of the core team that was instrumental in building ICICI Bank into a retail financial conglomerate. He has also worked with Serco India as Managing Director and developed new markets for its core and new BPO business.

With an Engineering degree in Computer Science and Post Graduate degree in management, he has been part of numerous management trainings from institutes like Wharton and IIM-Ahmedabad.