Mr. Sunil Godhwani, Chairman and Managing Director, Religare Enterprises Limited, is the driving force behind the group and its vision. Sunil brings to the table strong leadership skills, vigor and a passion for excellence. He believes in nurturing a culture that is entrepreneurial, result oriented, customer focused and based on teamwork. He has given strategic direction to Religare’s growth since his joining in 2001 and has been a key force in giving birth to Religare’s current shape and form globally. Under his able leadership, Religare is well poised to be a leading emerging markets financial services group. Prior to joining Religare, Sunil has had a diverse and wide-ranging experience of over two decades in managing large scale businesses. He also serves as Director on the Boards of various group companies like SRL Limited, Religare Macquarie Wealth Management Limited, AEGON Religare Life Insurance Company Limited, Ligare Voyages Limited, Fortis Healthcare Limited and other subsidiaries/ Group companies of Religare.A powerful orator and a great motivator, Sunil has been honored with many awards and accolades globally.Born in New Delhi, India, Sunil completed his schooling from the prestigious St. Columba’s School post which he went abroad to pursue his higher studies. He holds a B. Sc. Degree in Chemical Engineering and a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering & Finance from Polytechnic Institute of New York. He loves Chinese food and is an avid sports enthusiast with interests in Cricket, Table Tennis and Golf.
Mr. Ravi Mehrotra has over 25 years of experience in the Financial services domain both in India and internationally. Prior to joining Religare, Mr. Mehrotra was associated with PineBridge Investments (erstwhile AIG) where he was the Global Head of Retail & Intermediary Channels. His career span also includes assignments in India as the President of Franklin Templeton Asset Management, CIO of Kothari Pioneer, Executive Vice President & Co-founder of Prime Securities and Vice President of Bank of America in their Investment Banking & Treasury Group.
Mr. Monish K Dutt has extensive investment and advisory experience with IFC in emerging markets in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America with a focus on private equity funds and financial institutions. A London Business School alumnus (MBA), Mr. Dutt worked with Ernst & Young in London and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK. He then joined IFC/the World Bank Group where he worked for about 25 years till 2011. During his tenure at The World Bank and International Finance Corporation, he held various positions including that of Chief Credit Officer. He is currently an Emerging Markets Consultant, a Director of a Pan Caribbean Insurance Group and an Advisor to a London-based start-up private equity firm.
Mr. Virendra Kumar Madan has over 4 decades of experience in the corporate sector and as an entrepreneur across diversified sectors including textiles, real estate, hospitality, health care and power generation. Mr. Madan was associated with DCM Ltd for 32 years where he rose to become President and CEO. Among his other assignments, Mr. Madan was President of Magnum International Trading Company Pvt. Ltd., a conglomerate involved in industrial and economic projects. He currently also serves as a Director on the boards of Taj Kerala Hotels & Resorts Ltd. and Nidra Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Arun Ramanathan, IAS (retd) has been appointed as an independent director on the REL Board. He retired from the Indian Administrative Service as the Union Finance Secretary in 2009 and has held various key offices in the central and state governments in Finance, Taxation, Industry, Food & Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection, Transport, Leather, Fisheries, Sericulture and General Administration.
In the Government of India, at the Joint Secretary Level Mr. Ramanathan was the CEO (Member Secretary) of the Silk Board, Secretary (Chemicals & Petrochemicals), Secretary (Department of Financial Services) and at the time of his superannuation he was the Union Finance Secretary.
Mr. Ramanathan has an accoladed academic record. Besides being a Master of Philosophy in Developmental Economics from the Cambridge University, United Kingdom, Mr. Ramanathan is also a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nuclear Physics.
Mr. Ramanathan is a director in various Government and Private Sector Companies including, Indian Clearing Corporation Ltd, National Textiles Corporation Ltd, Shipping Corporation of Indian, ONGC, ONGC Videsh. Equitas Holding Company Limited and Singhvi Investment & Finance Company. In the past, Mr. Ramanathan has been a Director at Titan Industries, Tamil Nadu Petro Products, State Bank of India, IDBI, ICICI, IDFC, LIC, IIFCL, Jenson & Nicholson, JCT Electronics and United Stock Exchange.
Mr Avinash Chander Mahajan is an independent non-executive director on REL board. A post graduate in Science, Mr Mahajan has spent over 3 decades in India’s banking industry across various senior positions. Between 2006 and 2008, he was the Chairman and Managing Director of Kolkata-based Allahabad Bank. He took charge of Canara Bank for two years in 2008. He was earlier Executive Director at Bank of Baroda. Mr. Mahajan currently also serves as the Chairman of the Governing council of Banking Codes and Standards Board of India.
Mr Harpal Singh joined Board of REL on April 9, 2007. Mr. Singh has had a diverse and wide ranging experience of over 33 years in the corporate sector and has held senior positions in various TATA group companies, Hindustan Motors Limited, Mahindra and Mahindra Limited and Shaw Wallace.Further, Mr. Harpal Singh is and has been on the Board of many premier educational institutions, including Doon School and Shriram School, and an Advisory Board Member of the SRM University of Chennai. He is also a Member of the Punjab Education Board. Mr. Harpal Singh has also been a member of several Government Committees and is presently a member of the Punjab Chief Minister's Advisory Committee on Industrial Growth and Development of Relevant Infrastructure. Mr. Harpal Singh is National Chairman of the CII Committee on Public Health, a member of the CII National Committee on Healthcare and the National Committee on Primary and Secondary Education. Mr. Singh is a Member of the Resource Persons Group for Delhi on Healthcare, appointed by the Lt. Governor of Delhi. Mr. Singh is also a member of the India-UK Round Table and is an invitee speaker in many spheres. He has chaired the 2nd and 3rd India Health Summit in New Delhi and was invited to speak at the Royal Institute of Great Britain on Integrating Global Healthcare. As a member of the US – India Strategic Dialogue in December 2005, he presented a strategic opportunity position for collaboration between the U.S and Indian healthcare systems.Mr. Harpal Singh, graduated with a B.A. (Hons.) degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and holds a B.S degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in public affairs from California State University at Hayward (C.S.C.H), California, U.S.A.
Mr. Sabnani joined the
Board of REL on April 9, 2007. Having received training in business from
the Caritas Adult Education Centre, Hong Kong, Mr. Sabnani has been
engaged in the business of export and import of goods and has more than
30 years of work experience.
Mr Padam Bahl joined the
Board of REL on April 9, 2007. Mr. Padam Bahl has been practicing as a
Chartered Accountant and an Income Tax Advisor since 1979 and has more
than 27 years of work experience. He was the Chairman of the Northern
India Regional Council, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India,
Amritsar Branch for the year 1998-99. He was also a member of the Income
Tax Advisory Committee, Amritsar Chapter during the years 2002-03 and
2003-04. Mr. Bahl holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the
Kurukshetra University and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Guru Nanak
Dev University, Amritsar. He is a fellow member of the Institute of
Chartered Accountants of India. He has also received a Diploma in
Information System Audit from SSI, Amritsar.
Mr. Balani joined the
Board of REL on April 9, 2007. Mr. Balani is engaged in the business of
export and import of white goods. Mr. Balani is currently associated
with Atari S. L. and Time Concepts S.L. He has more than 39 years of
work experience. Mr. J. W. Balani has undertaken studies at Broadhembury
College, Somerset, U.K.
Capt. Bhalla joined the Board of REL on April 9, 2007 as an alternate director to Mr. Deepak Ramchand Sabnani. He is a qualified master mariner certified by the Ministry of Transport, Government of India, New Delhi. Mr. Bhalla has more than 57 years of work experience. Mr. Bhalla has been successful in making the W. German Finance Minister accept guarantee by the Government of India instead of a guarantee by a commercial bank.
Mr. Shetty joined the Board of REL on April 9, 2007 as an alternate director to Mr. J. W. Balani. Mr. Shetty has received the National Productivity Award in the year 1992 and is presently the President of Karnataka State Hockey Association, Vice-President of Karnataka Olympic Association and Chairman of the Development Panel, Indian Hockey Federation and Confederation and has more than 31 years of work experience. Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Basaveshwara College, Bagalkot and has completed an Executive Development program from the Jamunalal Bajaj Institute of Management in Product Management Control and Financial Management.