Vaibhav Gupta
CHAIRMAN EMERITUS
Board Members

Mr. Analjit Singh
Mr. Analjit Singh
Founder & Chairman, Max Group

Mr Analjit Singh is the Founder & Chairman of The Max Group, a US$ 3 billion multi business enterprise, with interests in life insurance (Max Life), health care (Max Healthcare), health insurance (Max Bupa), real estate (Max Estates), senior living (Antara) and speciality packaging (Max Speciality Films). Max Group is renowned for service excellence and has successful joint ventures with some of the pre-eminent firms including Mitsui Sumitomo and Toppan from Japan, Life Healthcare from South Africa and Bupa Plc from the United Kingdom. Earlier partners include DSM, Netherlands; New York Life Insurance Company; Hutchison Whampoa; Motorola; Lockheed Martin and others.

Amongst privately held family businesses, Mr Analjit Singh is the founder of Leeu Collection, a group of leisure boutique hotels in Franschhoek, South Africa; The Lake District, UK; and soon to be opened in Florence, Italy. Leeu Collection also includes a significant presence in wine and viticulture through Mullineux Leeu Family Wines; an active F&B portfolio of restaurants in partnership with Azure Hospitality, Ritu Dalmia, The La Colombe Group in Cape Town , SA and the Alajmo Group in Italy. Art and Landscaping are significant differentiators in the hospitality businesses aided by a strong relationship with Everard Read, SA
and Franchesca Watson.

A self-made entrepreneur, Mr Analjit Singh was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour, by the President of India in 2011. An alumnus of The Doon School and Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, Mr Analjit Singh holds an MBA from Graduate School of Management, Boston University. He has been conferred with an honorary doctorate by Amity University.

Professionally, he is the non-executive Chairman of multiple Max Group companies – Max Financial Services, Max India, Max Ventures & Industries, Max Life and Antara Senior Living. He is also a Director on the Board of Sofina NV/SA, Belgium. Till October 2018, he was the non-executive Chairman of Vodafone India.

Mr Analjit Singh is a member of the Founder Executive Board of the Indian School of Business (ISB), India’s top ranked B-School and has served as Chairman of Board of Governors of:
– The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee – India’s oldest and most prestigious engineering college.
-The Doon School, a premier Indian boarding school.

Mr Analjit Singh has also served on the Prime Minister’s Indo US CEO council. He also served as the co-chair of Prabodhan, a unique forum for facilitating closer and more effective engagement between European and Indian decision makers and opinion leaders.

He has been felicitated by Senator Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State, on behalf of the Indian American Centre for Political Awareness for his outstanding achievement in presenting the international community with an understanding of a modern and vibrant India and for creating several successful joint ventures with leading American companies and promoting business ties with the USA.

He has been honoured with the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Service Category) and the Golden Peacock Award for Leadership and Service Excellence. In 2014 he was awarded with Spain’s second highest civilian honour, the Knight Commander of the Order of Queen Isabella and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University. He also served as the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of San Marino in India.

Mr. Mohit Talwar
Mr. Mohit Talwar
VICE CHAIRMAN

Mohit Talwar is the Vice Chairman of the Max Group. He is also the Managing Director of Max Financial Services Limited and Max India Limited, and Vice Chairman of Max Ventures & Industries Limited (MaxVIL). In addition, he is the Chairman of Max Speciality Films and serves on the Boards of Max Life Insurance, Max Healthcare, Max Bupa Health Insurance and Antara Senior Living.

In his earlier role as the Deputy Managing Director of the erstwhile consolidated Max India Limited, he successfully leveraged his strong relationships with institutional investors, hedge funds, banks and private equity firms, and led several complex corporate finance and financial structuring deals to ensure adequate investment and liquidity for the Group’s operations. He has played a central role in executing key transactions including the setting up of Max Bupa Health Insurance, bringing on board MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings as the new JV partner for Max Life and Life Healthcare’s entry as JV partner in Max Healthcare, and later the equalization of its stake in the business, and completing the mega restructuring of the erstwhile Max India into three new listed companies, which received a significantly positive reaction from capital markets. In his new role, Mr. Talwar was instrumental in executing a stake repurchase transaction with IDFC Limited, and more recently a transaction with IFC to repurchase its stake in Max Healthcare. He has also overseen key transactions in MaxVIL, including the induction of Toppan Group as a JV partner in Max Speciality Films, and a 22.5% stake sale to New York Life’s subsidiary.

A veteran in the Corporate Finance and Investment Banking industry, Mr. Mohit Talwar has a wealth of experience in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, having spent 24 years in Wholesale Banking across global organizations such as Standard Chartered, ANZ Grindlays and Bank of Nova Scotia, prior to joining the Max Group.

Mr. Sahil Vachani
Mr. Sahil Vachani
CEO & MD, Max Ventures & Industries Limited

Sahil Vachani is CEO & Managing Director of Max Ventures and Industries Limited, one of the three listed companies of the USD 3 billion Indian conglomerate – The Max Group.

MaxVIL is the holding company for Max Estates, a Real Estate development subsidiary, Max Speciality Films, an innovation leader in the Speciality Packaging Films business and Max I., an Investment subsidiary.

He also serves as a Director on the Boards of Max Financial Services Limited and its subsidiary Max Life Insurance as a representative of the Owner Sponsor Group led by Mr. Analjit Singh.

Sahil joined the Max Group in 2016 with a focus on creating a powerful Real Estate brand – Max Estates Limited and steering MaxVIL’s other businesses towards growth. Since assuming his role at MaxVIL, Sahil has successfully completed key transactions which will have an enduring impact on the Company’s growth journey over the next few years. These include the on boarding of New York Life Insurance Company as an investor with 22.5% stake in MaxVIL and the induction of Toppan Printing Co. Ltd, Japan (Toppan) as a joint venture partner with a 49% stake in MaxVIL’s legacy manufacturing business – Max Speciality Films (MSF).

Under Sahil’s leadership, Max Estates recently opened its doors to its flagship office project, Max Towers, located on the Delhi Noida Directway (DND), a few minutes’ drive from South Delhi business hubs such as Okhla, Nehru Place etc. With an investment of nearly Rs 600 Cr, with a super built up area of over 5.5 lakh sq ft, Max Towers is a blend of thoughtful design and superior hospitality which helps integrate work and life through its philosophy of “WorkWell”. Developed in a brisk time period of approx 2 years, it is probably the only stressed real estate asset in North India to have witnessed such a speedy revival and completion.

Sahil is now focusing on Max Estates second project, the redevelopment of Max House in Okhla, New Delhi, work on which is well underway.

Sahil has also facilitated intellectual & financial Capital to promising and proven early-stage organizations across identified sunrise sectors led investments through, Max I. So far, the company has invested in Azure Hospitality Pvt. Ltd., which owns and operates successful F&B brands such as Mamagoto and Dhaba, and FSN E-Commerce Ventures Pvt. Ltd, which owns and operates the leading online beauty destination Nykaa.com.

Sahil started his career as an investment banker with Citigroup in London, where he worked on Mergers and Acquisitions across the Middle East and Africa region. In 2004, he joined Dixon Technologies, a consumer appliance manufacturing firm as Business Head and setup new verticals across multiple locations and was involved in the launch of new products, setting up of new manufacturing facilities and establishing relationships with leading brands as customers.

His next career progression was in 2008 as Co-founder and Managing Director of Dixon Appliances Pvt. Ltd., where he was responsible for the business from inception including designing of products, building the team, setting up the manufacturing facility, operations and building relationships with leading brands in India such as Panasonic, Godrej, LG, among others. The Company emerged as the single-largest third party contract manufacturer of Washing Machines for the Indian market. In July 2015, Sahil sold his shareholding in the company to pursue opportunities in Max Group.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Sciences from the University of Warwick, U.K. and an Executive Management Program on Disruptive Innovation from the Harvard Business School.

Mr. Ashok Kalker
Mr. Ashok Kacker
Independent Director

Mr. Kacker, M. Sc. (Physics), University of Allahabad (Topper of the 1972 batch), has more than 3 decades of experience in the Government as an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) Officer. He has served as Chief Commissioner of Income Tax and held senior positions both in executive capacities and policy formulation roles.

He has also served as Executive Director with Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and in various capacities in committees set up by SEBI. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of A.K. Advisors and Consultants, an Advisory Company in the area of financial services and Group Advisor with the India Bulls Group of Companies.

Mr. D. K. Mittal
Mr. D. K. Mittal
Independent Director

Mr. D. K. Mittal is a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from the batch of 1977 and has served the Government of India in various capacities, including Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce.

Mr.Mittal has hands on experience in Infrastructure, International Trade, Urban Development, Renewable Energy, Agriculture Development and Micro-Credit, Corporate Governance, Banking, Insurance, Pension and Finance. He holds a Master’s degree in physics with specialisation in Electronics from the University of Allahabad, India.

Mr. K.N. Murthy
Mr. K.N. Murthy
Independent Director

Mr. K. Narasimha Murthy, entered the profession of Cost & Management Accountancy in 1983. He has been associated with the development of Cost & Management Information Systems for more than 150 companies across more than 45 industries. In addition, he has been closely involved in turning around multiple large corporates, focusing on systems improvement with a cost optimisation approach.

He has been associated with more than 28 High Level Committees as Chairman / Member both at the National and State level, including Prasara Bharati Restructuring Committee, Expert Committee on Common Wealth Games, Restructuring Committee of State Level PSUs, Expert Committee on Co-op. Credit Institutions, Fiscal Reforms Implementation Committee, TTD Investment Committee – Tirupati, among others.

He is also associated with the development of Cost Accounting Record Rules for many industries as a member of Informal Advisory Committee, Department of Corporate Affairs, Government of India. His contribution to the Costing & Management Accounting profession in India has been recognised by the Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) which honoured him with a citation in October 2007.

Mr. Arthur Seter
Mr. Arthur Seter
Director

Arthur H. Seter, CFA is Senior Vice President, Deputy Chief Investment Officer and Chief Derivatives Officer of New York Life Insurance Company.  Mr. Seter also serves as the Secretary of the Investment Committee of the Board of New York Life and is a Trustee of New York Life’s retirement and benefit plans.

Mr. Seter is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Office of the Chief Investment Officer, which is responsible for the oversight of New York Life’s General Account investment portfolio, the use of derivatives and the management of the Surplus of the Company.

Mr. Seter’s other responsibilities include, supporting the Trustees of New York Life pension and benefit plans; coordinating the activities of the Investment Committee of the Board of New York Life; and  due-diligence and monitoring of funds offered on New York Life’s variable product platforms.

Mr. Seter joined New York Life in 1989 and prior to his current position he served in positions of increasing responsibility in the Real Estate and Investments Groups.

Mr. Seter has 35 years of investment experience, having previously worked at E.F. Hutton and L.F. Rothschild, first as a financial analyst and later as an investment banker specializing in mortgage finance.

Mr. Seter graduated from Sussex University in England with a B.S. in Operations Research and earned an M.B.A. from Adelphi University.  Mr. Seter holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Ms. Gauri Padmanabhan
Global Partner

Ms. Gauri Padmanabhan is a Global Partner and leads the CEO & Board and Consumer Markets Practices for Heidrick & Struggles in India. She also oversees the Education Practice in South Asia.

A long tenured partner, Gauri joined Heidrick & Struggles in 2000 and over the last 18 years has played a key role in building the business in India. Working closely at the top with the leadership teams in India and the region, she has assisted them in building their leadership teams in South Asia. Her clients include large global and Indian corporations in the consumer, retail, luxury, hospitality & leisure, education and OTC sectors, Gauri has also assisted many of them build their top leadership teams during start-up / India entry.

Before moving to her present position of leading the Consumer Markets Practice, Ms. Gauri set up and very successfully built the Lifesciences Practice for the company in India. During the six years that she led the Practice in India, she partnered closely with all the leading players in the pharmaceuticals & devices sectors in the country.

Ms. Gauri has specialized in leadership searches at the Board and ‘C’ level. In meeting the leadership needs of her clients, she has been very successful not only in tapping Indian leadership talent both in market & abroad but also in bringing in talent from overseas. Partnering with her clients in driving their digital & diversity agendas is a focus area for Gauri.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, she had a leadership role in a major direct-selling multinational with overall responsibility for customer services & delivery. As part of the senior management team, she was a key member on the Strategic Planning Group of the company. Her career also includes general management, consulting and teaching stints.