Board of Directors - PNB MetLife Insurance

Board of Directors

Kishore Ponnavolu
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Kishore Ponnavolu holds bachelor’s and master’s degree from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India and a Ph.D from Dexel University. He became president of MetLife’s Asia region and a member of the Company’s Executive Group since September 01, 2018. He has served as an  Executive  Vice  President  of  MetLife  Auto  and  Home  from  2013  to  2018,  and  senior  vice  president and chief enterprise strategy officer at MetLife from 2011 to 2013.  Under his leadership, MetLife  Auto  and  Home, achieved  strong  financial  results  while  launching  many  first‐to‐market  initiatives across product, distribution and customer areas.

Mr. Ashish Kumar Srivastava is appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on the Board of the Company with effect from October 1, 2017. He has over 26 years of experience in a range of industries including banking and financial services sector in Asia, Middle East and Africa, with experience in building sustainable strategies, change management, transforming and enhancing leadership capabilities. He holds a post graduate diploma in personnel management from Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi. He has also attended advanced certificate courses from Richard Ivey School of Business, Michigan Ross School of Business and Cornell University.

Mr. Ashish Bhat is currently Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for MetLife, Asia. He holds Bachelor in Technology from IIT Delhi and PGDM from IIM Calcutta. He has more than 20 years of experience in life insurance industry across Europe and Asia.

Mr. Stephen Barnham is currently Chief Information Officer for MetLife, Asia. He holds Bachelor of Science in Computing from the University of Kent. He has more than 30 years of experience in Global Banking and Technology.

Mr. A J Singh is currently Chief Distribution Officer for MetLife, Asia. He holds a Bachelor’s from National Defense Academy, India, Masters in Computer Science from the University of California and MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He has diverse experience in various segments of Insurance Industry, served as Global Head of Retail Underwriting & Sales Support, Strategy, Planning & Governance for Global Operations. Relevant experience in Financial services, Banking & Insurance strategy, operational excellence, Lean management & technology programs.

Shri CH. S. S. Mallikarjuna Rao is a banker with over 35 years of rich experience and is presently the MD & CEO of Punjab National Bank. He has joined the Board of PNB MetLife with effect from January 27, 2020.

He holds degrees in B. Sc, LLB and is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB). He started his banking career as a Probationary Officer in Bank of Maharashtra in 1985. Prior to assuming the position of MD & CEO, Punjab National Bank, he was MD & CEO of Allahabad Bank for one year. During this period, the organisational restructuring was implemented for efficient functioning of the Bank.

Before this he served as Executive Director of Syndicate Bank since 15.9.2016. Shri Rao has held various positions in Oriental Bank of Commerce including as General Manager & Chief Financial Officer, as Regional Head, Bangalore. He had also worked as Assistant Vice President in erstwhile Global Trust Bank before joining OBC.

During the course of his career, he has gained vast exposure in Credit, Information Technology, Recovery, Treasury, Risk Management, Digital Banking, Retail Banking and Marketing & Publicity.

Shri Rao presently is also the Deputy Chairman at Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) and is a member of the Insolvency Law Committee (ILC) as well, a standing committee constituted under the aegis of Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

Shri Rao is also the Chairman, Governing Board of the National Institute of Banking Studies & Corporate Management (NIBSCOM), Noida, Uttar Pradesh. He is also the Chairman of the IBA’s Standing Committee on MSME.

Key assignments and highlights of his Career include the following:
In his career spanning over three decades he has headed different branches covering Rural, Urban & Metro locations as well as headed various verticals like Information Technology, Operations, Cash Management Services and has also been a Core Member of IT Integration Project for merger of Two Banks.
Shri Rao has had the distinction of serving as General Manager in charge of various portfolios viz.
  • Chief Financial Officer.
  • Information Technology
  • Risk Management
  • Treasury & International Banking
  • Digital Banking
  • Retail, Marketing & Publicity

National / International Programs attended:
  • Executive Development Program at IIM, Ahmedabad.
  • CRM & Predictive Analytics Program at IDRBT / University of Ghent, Belgium.
  • Program on Information Security & Assurance at IDRBT /Buffalo, USA.
  • Leadership Development Program at ASCI, Hyderabad.

Over 35 years’ experience in Banking, Foreign Trade and Housing Finance Sectors with specialization in Management of Treasury, Investment and Corporate Finance Operations, Securitization and Structured Finance, product development (Reverse Mortgage etc.), Training, Research, Capacity Building and Regulation and Supervision of Housing Finance Institutions. Director on the Boards of corporates in NBFC, HFC and Manufacturing sectors.

Mr A.K Jain, Ex-ED Punjab & Sind Bank is having Banking experience of around 40 years with expertise in Treasury & Credit. By qualification he is BSC (Hons) followed by M.SC, LLB & Professional course in Banking i.e. CAIIB. In Banking his career remained quite bright & headed the Branches/ controlling offices besides worked in H.O of the Bank.

Mr. Vivek Jha holds degrees in B. Com, Masters’ degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB). He is General Manager - Marketing & Corporate Communication Division of Punjab National Bank since October 2019. Prior to that, he was General Manager in Government Business Division. He has served in various capacities as Zonal Manager, Circle Head & Branch Head. He has with him banking experience of over 37 years in multiple verticals within Punjab National Bank.

Mr. Pheroze Kersasp Mistry holds a bachelor’s degree in science from University of California and a master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University. He is also a fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India). He has many years of experience in business administration and associated with companies which are into logistics, industrial coating and painting on a contract basis and setting up wind turbines.

Mr. Erach Kotwal has completed his Bachelors in Commerce from Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics at Mumbai, before obtaining his LL.B. Degree from the Govt. Law College in 1984. Thereafter he completed his LL.M. from the University of Cambridge, England. He has more than 30 years of experience as an Advocate, High Court at Mumbai.

Mr. Surbhit Dabriwala holds a bachelor’s degree in arts from University of Pennsylvania. He has many years of experience in manufacturing and real estate sectors.

Mr. Neeraj Swaroop holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and a post graduate diploma in business administration from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He also holds a post-graduation degree in retail bank management from University of Virginia. He has many years of experience in financial services and consumer goods industry. Prior to joining our Company, he was associated with various banks in various capacities for south-east Asian countries.

Mr. Sunil Gulati has over 35 years of global experience in banking across relationship management, corporate finance, investment banking, risk management and corporate strategy. He has been a key member of the management teams at RBL Bank Ltd, Yes Bank and ING Barings/ ING Vysya Bank at the stage of their rapid growth & transformation and establishment as mainstream players in the Indian Banking industry. Since 2016, he has been working with several financial services companies, startups and funds as an advisor/ independent board member. He is a member of SEBI's Mutual Fund Advisory Committee. Mr. Gulati holds a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in Electrical Engg/Computer Science and is a Gold Medalist from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Ms. Agarwal is the founder partner of Vaish & Associates, Chartered Accountants and based in Delhi. She has over 35 years of experience in audit, tax and related services including succession planning and business valuations. 
She was also a partner in Deloitte Haskins & Sells until 2000. She was the national president of FICCI FLO and currently co-chairs their ‘FLO women directors’ programme. She is on the board of number of listed Companies. Ms. Agarwal is life trustee in Vaish Associates Public Welfare trust which works in the field of education and health care.
Ms. Agarwal has done her Honours in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and has done her CA training from Price Waterhouse Coopers.