Managing Director and CEO

Recognized as one of the ‘Most Influential Women in Banking’ by Let’s Talk Payments, Ms. Vishakha R.M., Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company Limited, has a rich experience of working across public and private companies in banking & financial services industry. Over the last 30 years, she has been accredited for her leadership skills and contribution to the industry.

Ms. Vishakha is known for her focused approach towards company objectives while upholding its values. Her interest in technology and its application in business paves way for several thoughtful business solutions & initiatives. She is a strong believer in the power of collaboration in collective progress. An admired leader who treats her colleagues equitably, Ms. Vishakha is a source of inspiration and energy for her co-workers.

A Chartered Accountant by qualification, Ms. Vishakha is a Fellow of Indian Insurance Institute (III). In her personal time, Ms. Vishakha is an avid reader and has a keen ear for music.

Ms. Vishakha R.M. has recently been awarded the coveted ASSOCHAM ‘Individual Achievement Award, 2017’ and was recognized as ‘CA Business Leader – Woman Award 2016’ by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, apart from other accolades.

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Director & Chief Investment Officer

Sridhar is one of most experienced investment management professional. His analytical approach to investing blends with his deep market knowledge and ability to foresee the changing business dynamics. His 30 years’ of experience spans over the areas of Corporate Finance, Investment Management, Mutual Funds, Business Strategy & Restructuring and Insurance. Sridhar actively tracks the macro-economic indicators & asset allocation shifts and is also active in delivering his views on financial markets at various professional forums and academic circles in India as well as in South East Asia.

Sridhar is a member of the NSE – IISL Index Policy Committee and Capital Market Committee of the Indian Merchant Chambers (IMC). Additionally, he was a Director on the Board of Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI) for more than 3 years.

In his prior assignment, Sridhar was the Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of UTI Asset Management Company Ltd managing AUM of USD 10 Billions. Later, he was elevated as the Chief Executive Officer of UTI International Ltd in Singapore, managing multi class, multi country assets for international institutional investors.

Presently, he is the Head of Investment Management, ALM functions at IndiaFirst Life Insurance.

Sridhar is a chartered accountant and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics.

Sridhar is married to Padma and they have two daughters Manasvi and Esha. He is a voracious reader, loves music and travelling.

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Director - Sales and Marketing

Rushabh has over two decades of experience in the financial services industry - with 16 years in life insurance. With his deep understanding of the insurance industry and its market dynamics, he has delivered high-performance results across organisations. Given his competence in sales, business development and distribution strategy, Rushabh has been responsible for establishing and running successful sales models in his various roles.

Rushabh is passionate about sales and strategy. Prior to joining IndiaFirst Life, Rushabh was Director Sales at Canara HSBC Life Insurance. His previous assignments were with Aviva Life Insurance and Birla Sun Life Insurance. While in Aviva, he was also instrumental in setting up their life insurance franchisee in Indonesia.

Rushabh is currently spearheading Sales & Marketing at IndiaFirst Life Insurance. He is handling 10,000 + bank branches and a strong team of over 1000 employees.

Rushabh is a post graduate in Management Studies from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS). He has also attended a group development program at INSEAD, France.

He is married to Reshma and has a 15 year old son, Devam.

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Director - Operations & IT

Mohit has diverse experience spanning nearly two decades across some of the leading financial institutions. He has been a veteran at IndiaFirst Life Insurance and in his journey so far, has led and set up various departments at different points in time.

Mohit’s journey with IndiaFirst Life began by him setting up the entire operational processes of the company. He then took up the responsibility for revenue generation and relationship management for the Bancassurance channel. Later, he was heading marketing, digital and alternate channel teams of the company as the Chief Marketing Officer.

Currently, Mohit is the Director of Operations & IT at IndiaFirstLife Insurance.

Mohit is married to Monika and they have a son named Ayush. He is passionate about football and loves travelling. He believes music and reading keep him going.

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Chief Financial Officer

A Chartered accountant from ICAI, Satishwar has a multi-faceted personality. His experience spans across finance accounting, planning, expense management, finance operations, process management and information technology.

In his previous stints, he has worked with organizations such as ICICI Prudential Life Insurance and Reliance Life Insurance.

He is married to Anjana and they have a daughter, Subhi. He loves listening to different genres of music and catching up on his favourite movies.

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Appointed Actuary

An MS in Quantitative Economics from Indian Statistical Institute and a Fellow of Institute of Actuaries (India), Peuli Das comes with an experience of over 12 years. In the past, Peuli has been associated with various financial firms in India and USA such as ING Life Insurance, New York Life Insurance and Deutsche Bank.

In her last assignment, Peuli was Appointed Actuary at Reliance Life Insurance Co. Ltd. She was heading the Reporting- Actuarial at Reliance Life.

Currently, Peuli is the Appointed Actuary at IndiaFirst Life Insurance.

Peuli is married to Somnath Mukherjee and has a 6 year daughter, Poorbi. She is a trained classical vocalist who has performed at various public platforms. Peuli also likes watching movies in her free time.

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Company Secretary & Head - Governance

Viswanarayan has almost three decades of work experience in various fields. Some of them include Finance, Taxation, Fund Accounting and Operations. He has also managed investor servicing, secretarial and compliance in print media, mutual funds and venture fund companies.

In his previous assignments, he has held senior management positions with Times of India, DSP Merrill Lynch Mutual Fund and Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund. He has also worked for Real Estate Funds of JPMorgan, Urban Infrastructure and LIC HFL.

Currently, Viswanarayan is the Company Secretary and Head Governance at IndiaFirst Life Insurance. In his role, he is responsible for legal, secretarial, risk, audit and compliance functions.

He is married to Jayashree and has a son Karthik. He is passionate about travelling, music and sports.

Email: kr.viswanarayan@indiafirstlife.com



Chief Strategy Officer

Sonia is an MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies and a graduate in Economics from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. She started her career with Aditya Birla Group, post which she worked with multinational companies such as Citibank, Reliance and KPMG. She has cross functional expertise in the BFSI space and her overall experience spans across functions such as Product Management, Strategic Initiatives, Business Strategy, Training, Social Commerce, Branch Operations, Channel Sales and Business Acquisition.

Sonia is a founder member at IndiaFirst Life where she has been associated with many key strategic projects.

Currently, Sonia manages Product Development, Strategy and Analytics, Strategic Alliances, Corporate Communications and PR at IndiaFirst Life Insurance.

Sonia is a voracious reader with a knack for writing and blogging. A self-confessed foodie, Sonia lives in Mumbai with her son, Veer and husband Vidur.

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Chief People Officer

Praveen Menon holds a Masters degree in Financial Management from NMIMS and Business Management Degree from Wellingkar Institute of Management. A technology driven professional, Praveen carries over 16 years of rich experience in managing an entire gamut of human resource functions with keen interest in human resource information technology interface.

Praveen also has extensive experience in Rewards & Benefit Management, Performance & Talent Management, HR service delivery and People Engagement Practices. In the past, Praveen has been associated with organizations like Aditya Birla Group, Axis Bank, AC Nielsen, IDBI Federal Life Insurance, Citibank, and HSBC.

Currently, Praveen is responsible for Human Capital along with Administration and Infrastructure at Indiafirst Life Insurance.

He is married to Smitha and has a son, Krrish. Praveen is an avid reader and also has keen interest in sports and music.

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