Mr. Nirmal Jain is the founder and Chairman of India Infoline Ltd. He is a PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) from IIM (Indian Institute of Management) Ahmedabad, a Chartered Accountant and a rank-holder Cost Accountant. His professional track record is equally outstanding. He started his career in 1989 with Hindustan Lever Limited, the Indian arm of Unilever. During his stint with Hindustan Lever, he handled a variety of responsibilities, including export and trading in agro-commodities. He contributed immensely towards the rapid and profitable growth of Hindustan Lever's commodity export business, which was then the nation's as well as the Company's top priority.
He founded Probity Research and Services Pvt. Ltd. (later re-christened India Infoline) in 1995; perhaps the first independent equity research Company in India. His work set new standards for equity research in India. Mr. Jain was one of the first entrepreneurs in India to seize the internet opportunity, with the launch of www.indiainfoline.com in 1999. Under his leadership, India Infoline not only steered through the dotcom bust and one of the worst stock market downtrends but also grew from strength to strength.
Mr. R Venkataraman, Co-Promoter and Managing Director of India Infoline Ltd, is a B.Tech (electronics and electrical communications engineering, IIT Kharagpur) and an MBA (IIM Bangalore). He joined the India Infoline Board in July 1999. He previously held senior managerial positions in ICICI Limited, including ICICI Securities Limited, their investment banking joint venture with J P Morgan of US, BZW and Taib Capital Corporation Limited. He was also the Assistant Vice President with G E Capital Services India Limited in their private equity division, possessing a varied experience of more than 19 years in the financial services sector
Mr. Purwar was the Chairman of State Bank of India, the largest bank in the country from November 2002 to May 2006 and held several important and critical positions like Managing Director of State Bank of Patiala, Chief Executive Officer of the Tokyo branch, covering almost the entire range of commercial banking operations in his illustrious career at the bank from 1968 to 2006. He is currently the Chairman of IndiaVenture Advisors Private Limited, the equity fund sponsored by the Piramal Group and independent director in many listed companies in India including Engineers India Limited, Reliance Communications Limited, among others.
Mr. Chandran Ratnaswami is a Managing Director of Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel Limited, a wholly-owned investment management company of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, Canada. Mr. Ratnaswami serves on the Boards of ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited and Fairbridge Capital in India, Ridley Inc. in the United States and Zoomermedia Limited in Toronto, Canada. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lansing United Church in Toronto, Canada.
Mr. Kranti Sinha served as the Director and Chief Executive of LIC Housing Finance Limited from August 1998 to December 2002 and concurrently as the Managing Director of LICHFL Care Homes. He retired as the Executive Director of LIC. He has also served as the Deputy President of the Governing Council of Insurance Institute of India and as a member of the Governing Council of National Insurance Academy, Pune apart from various other such bodies. He is an independent director on the Board of Cinemax India Limited and Hindustan Motors Limited.
Mr. Singh, IPS (Retd.), joined the Indian Police Service in 1967. He has, in his public service career spanning over a period of 35 years, worked as the chiefs of the crime branch of Mumbai Police, State CID and Anti-Corruption Bureau. He was the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai during period 2000-2002. He has been awarded the prestigious “Indian Police Medal” for meritorious services and “President’s Police Medal” for distinguished services. He is also on the Board of Invent Asset Securitisation and Reconstruction Private Limited and LIC Pension Fund Limited.
Mr. Nilesh Vikamsey is a Senior Partner at M/s Khimji Kunverji & Co., Chartered Accountants, a member firm of HLB International, a worldwide organisation of professional accounting firms and business advisers, ranked amongst the top 12 accounting groups globally. Mr. Vikamsey is an elected member of the Central Council of Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI). Mr. Vikamsey is also on the Board of a number of companies like Federal Bank Limited, and SBI Life Insurance Company Limited, among others.
Mr. Sunil Kaul a Managing Director for Carlyle’s Asia Buyout fund focused on investments in the financial services sector across Asia. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Kaul served as the President of Citibank Japan and Chairman of Citi's credit card and consumer finance companies in Japan. He has also held senior positions in Citi Bank in the Asia Pacific region and in New York. He has also worked as the Global Cash Business Management Head for ABN Amro, based out of Holland. Mr. Kaul also serves as a Director on the Board of TC Bank.
Dr. Narayan, IAS (Retd.), served the Government of India as Finance and Economic Affairs Secretary. He was also Secretary in the Departments of Revenue, Petroleum and Industrial Development. Retired as Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, he has rich experience in implementation of economic policies and monitoring of the special economic agenda of the Cabinet on behalf of the Prime Minister`s Office. He is also on the Board of other public limited companies like Apollo Tyres Limited, Dabur India Limited and Godrej Properties Limited, among others.
Mr. Chopra has over 30 years of experience in the banking sector. He started his career as an Officer in Central Bank of India in 1969 where he served in various capacities. As the Executive Director of Oriental Bank of Commerce, he was responsible for the bank's entire operations. He was also Chairman and Managing Director of SIDBI and Corporation Bank. His last assignment was with SEBI as Whole-time Member. He is on the Board of a number of public limited companies like Rolta India Limited and Havells India Limited, among others. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) by profession and is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB).