Mr. Bipin Saraf (MD & CEO, AFL) aged 44 years, is a Rank Holder Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant and holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce. He has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of Finance and Banking. Before joining Axis Bank Limited, Mr. Saraf was with IFCI Limited from 1995 to 2003. He commenced his career with IFCI Limited and was responsible for handling the portfolio of large and medium corporates belonging to various sectors including Steel, Power, Textile, Petrochemicals, etc. He joined the Capital Market Department of Axis Bank Limited in 2003 and was in-charge of the Corporate & Financial Advisory Portfolio in the Eastern Zone with the primary responsibility of undertaking project advisory & appraisal assignments, corporate restructuring and syndication of funds for various corporate clients. Subsequent to that he was responsible for the Structured Products business under the Capital Markets Department of Axis Bank Limited. During his last stint with Axis Bank he was Head of the Global Debt Syndication Business (International & Domestic).
He has been heading Axis Finance Ltd as the MD & CEO for the last three years and has been instrumental in setting up this wholly owned subsidiary NBFC under Axis Bank. To his credit, Axis Finance Limited (AFL) in the span of three years has evolved as one of the fastest growing NBFCs with a balanced sheet size of above Rs. 3,000 crores and a prime focus on Wholesale and Retail Lending. AFL under his tenure has secured the Highest Credit Rating Agency (ICRA & India Ratings), exhibited robust operating parameters and is well poised to grow in future years.
Mr. Kishore Babu (Chief Operating Officer, AFL) has over two and half decades of wide-ranging experience across diverse industries including Banking & Finance, Energy Sector and Financial Institution. He started his career with IFCI in their project finance vertical where he was involved in entire spectrum of project financing involving appraisal, credit monitoring, recovery and resolution. Subsequently, he was associated with a prominent developer in the energy sector and led business development as well as financial closure involving tying up of debt and equity for multiple projects. He has been with Axis Bank since June, 2008. At Axis Bank, he has held several responsibilities in leading Credit and Relationship teams in growing business in the Infra, Large and Mid-Corporate space. At Axis Finance, he leads the company's operations including process improvement, risk and compliance, technology and innovation, human capital management, and developing & implementing strategies for top line growth. He holds PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad and B. Tech in Electrical & Electronics from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada.
Mr. Amritanshu Mohanty (Business Head, AFL) has over 12 years of experience in Axis Bank across various businesses. He has been part of Project Finance, Corporate & Investment Banking Advisory, Debt Capital Markets and Wholesale Credit businesses of the Bank. His transition from Bank to Non-Bank business was in form of setting up the NBFC - Axis Finance Ltd in 2013 and has been instrumental since then in creating a roadmap to build a sustainable business franchise.
In his present role as Business Head, he is responsible for the overall Wholesale and Retail loans business of Axis Finance and manages business Origination & Relationship functions. He is also responsible for Strategy & BIU functions and overseas product roll-out and geographic expansion of business across India.
He is a Post Graduate in Business Management from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar and holds a Bachelor in Engineering in Electronics & Telecom
Mr. Amith Iyer (CFO & Treasury Head, AFL) has over 15 years of experience in the banking & financial services industry. He holds a Masters in Management Studies (MMS) and a Post graduate Degree from the University of Mumbai. In addition, he is a Cost Accountant from the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI). He commenced his career as a Broker-Dealer in the Government Securities Market with Asit C. Mehta Investment Intermediates Ltd. He joined Axis Bank in 2005 in the Relationship Management Department, where he handled large corporate relationships. He then moved to the Treasury and Debt Capital Markets team in 2007. As a part of the Debt Capital Markets team, he was responsible for the origination, structuring, placement of non-convertible debentures/ structures for large corporates from various sectors. He was also a part of the securitization desk for the bank to package loans as PTCs for sell down. At AFL, he is designated as the CFO of the company in addition to the treasury function.
Mr. Rajneesh Kumar (Deputy Vice President, Compliance & Company Secretary, AFL) has over twelve years of experience in the financial services industry, of which eight years has been in Investment Banking. He has been with Axis Bank Investment Banking Division for over five years and currently serves as the Deputy Vice President of Axis Finance Limited, where he oversees all secretarial and compliance activities. His areas of expertise include Equity and Debt Capital Markets and he has handled several transactions in the Primary and Secondary Capital Markets. In addition, his profile includes execution and due diligence of offer documents. Mr. Kumar is an Associate Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and has graduated in Law and Science.
Mr. Vishal Sharan (Head - Credit and Monitoring, Axis Finance Ltd.) has 12 years of experience in financial services industry across functions, e.g., Investment Banking, Capital Markets and Structured Financing. He has been with Axis Bank Group since 2005 and has been associated with Axis Finance since its commencement in 2013. At Axis Finance, he currently oversees Credit and Portfolio Monitoring functions for both Corporate as well as Retail businesses. His areas of expertise include Equity & Debt Capital Markets across origination, execution and placement. He has extensive insight and hands on experience of fund raising advisory practices across variety of products, e.g., equity, equity convert, mezzanine/sub-debt, convertible bonds, depository receipts etc. across public as well private markets, both onshore & offshore. Prior to moving Axis Finance, he was part of the Axis Capital as Executive Assistant to the MD & CEO. Mr. Sharan is an Associate Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and has graduated in Commerce and Law.