Management Team - Kotak General Insurance

Kotak General Insurance is run by a dedicated team of professionals who have worked across various finance sectors. Our managers are backed by years of experience and a strong sense of vision. They have each played an integral part in making Kotak a recognised name in the Indian insurance industry today.

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Mahesh

Balasubramanian

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD&CEO)

Mahesh Bala, has over two decades of professional entrepreneurial experience in financial services. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Management Studies.

Mahesh Bala, has over two decades of professional entrepreneurial experience in financial services. Starting his career at Godrej & Boyce in 1992, Mahesh moved to Cholamandalam Investment and Finance company in 1994, as the first regional head for the retail business in the West. During his  five year tenure, he lead the expansion of the Vehicle finance business, making Chola a key and profitable player in the West. By 1999 he had moved on to a “Strategic team “of the Murugappa Group working on business planning, improving operational efficiency, exploring new initiatives , Mergers and Acquisitions.
In 2000, Mahesh turned entrepreneur and cofounded Apnaloan.com India’s first and largest Online Loan market place for Credit Cards, Unsecured Loans, Car Loans and Mortgages. As Executive Director and Business head he got more than 20 leading Indian/Foreign Banks and NBFCs to participate in the market place.
In 2005 Mahesh joined Kotak Mahindra Bank as part of the core team of the Retail Liabilities and Branch Banking Business. He was instrumental in setting up and leading the Retail Sales, Retail Institutional, Government Business and Cross Sell verticals. In his last assignment he was  also the  Co-Head of Branch Banking Division.
After successfully setting up and building significant scale across business in Assets, Liabilities and Branch Banking, Mahesh was given the opportunity in Oct 2014, to be the founder CEO of Kotak Mahindra General Insurance. Mahesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Management Studies.

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Chief Operating Officer

A qualified Cost Accountant with a management degree from IIM, Bangalore, Eswar has over 25 years of experience in the insurance domain.

A qualified Cost Accountant with a management degree from IIM, Bangalore, Eswar has over 25 years of experience in the insurance domain. He has worked with brands like ICICI Lombard & Tata AIG, before becoming an integral part of the Kotak team.

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Gajendra

Manavalan

Head, Investments

Gajendra has over 12 years of experience in Debt/Fixed income fund management & investment research.

Gajendra has over 12 years of experience in Debt/Fixed income fund management & investment research. Before he became a part of the Kotak General Insurance team, he worked with numerous organisations such as Kotak Life Insurance, Metlife India Insurance Ltd. and JM Morgan Stanley Financial Services.

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Mehul A

Shah

Appointed Actuary & Chief Risk Officer

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Mehul is a Fellow Member of Institute of Actuaries of India and an Associate Member of Institute of Actuaries, UK.

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Mehul is a Fellow Member of Institute of Actuaries of India and an Associate Member of Institute of Actuaries, UK. He spent 15 of his 19 years of experience working in General Insurance. Before joining the team at Kotak, Mehul worked with organisations like ICICI Lombard, Tata AIG, L&T General Insurance & Ernst & Young.

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Suresh

Sankaranarayanan

Chief Technology Officer

With a Masters in Financial Management from NMIMS, Suresh has a remarkable 21 years of work experience in Information Technology domain across Insurance, Manufacturing and Software sectors under his belt.

With a Masters in Financial Management from NMIMS, Suresh has a remarkable 21 years of work experience in Information Technology domain across Insurance, Manufacturing and Software sectors under his belt. He has worked with organisations like SBI General, ICICI Lombard, & Polaris Software Labs before coming on-board with Kotak General Insurance.

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Ravichandran

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Chief Technical Officer

Ravi has a long and diverse career, spanning more than 30 years across banking and insurance domains.

Ravi has a long and diverse career, spanning more than 30 years across banking and insurance domains. He started his career with Karnataka Bank, eventually moving on to the insurance space with United India Insurance Company Ltd. During his stints with public as well as private sector general insurance companies, he has donned multiple hats from Underwriting to Distribution. Prior to joining Kotak General Insurance he worked with Future Generali General Insurance Company Ltd. Ravi is a graduate in Company Secretaryship with a Fellowship in Insurance.

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Yash

Kotak

Head, Finance

A qualified Chartered Account with a Masters in Commerce, Yash has been with Kotak for over 12 years now.

A qualified Chartered Account with a Masters in Commerce, Yash has been with Kotak for over 12 years now. Previously, he was associated with Ace Derivatives & Commodities Exchange Ltd., a Kotak anchored company.

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Shweta

Agarwal

Head, Internal Audit

Shweta has been with the Kotak Group for more than 10 years. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Diploma in System Audit.

 

Shweta has been with the Kotak Group for more than 10 years. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Diploma in System Audit.

Prior to joining Kotak General Insurance, she has worked with Kotak Life Insurance in the Treasury, Investment Back-office, Investment Mid-office, Process Assurance & Risk Management functions.

 

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Priti

Rohira

Chief Compliance Officer

A Company Secretary from The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, Priti also holds a degree in law.

A Company Secretary from The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, Priti also holds a degree in law. She has close to 7 years of experience in the compliance domain. Before becoming a part of the Kotak General Insurance Team, she worked for ICICI Lombard General Insurance and EFG Wealth Management (India) Pvt. Ltd.

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Vinayak

Jayaram

VP & Head, Human Resources & Administration

Vinayak has had an illustrious career spanning over 11 years.

Vinayak has had an illustrious career spanning over 11 years. He started as an electrical engineer with Tata Steel right after graduating from REC Jamshedpur, where he was in the top 5 percentile of students. Post his stint with the Tata’s, he moved on to complete his post-graduation in Human Resources from XLRI Jamshedpur. He has worked across various sectors in the HR domain in companies like Ocwen Financials, Mercer Consulting and McDonald’s before joining Kotak General Insurance as Head of HR. His in-depth work in HR includes Total Rewards, HRMS implementations, process improvements & organizational development & learning. Vinayak has keen interests in technology & music; is an avid quizzer & programmer and has also participated in the Mathematics Olympiad.

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Jagjeet

Siddhu

Head – Distribution (multi-channel)

Jagjeet is an ICWA from the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India.

Jagjeet is an ICWA from the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. With over 16 years of work experience in Insurance industry, he has worked with group companies of Allianz like Bajaj Allianz General Insurance and Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance. In his most recent assignment with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance he had a mandate to lead the Retail Agency Channel for the organization. He has joined Kotak Mahindra General Insurance in November, 2015 as Head – Distribution (multi-channel).

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Jayesh

Sansare

Head, Bancassurance

Jayesh is a Kotak veteran having spent close to 11 years with the group.

Jayesh is a Kotak veteran having spent close to 11 years with the group. He is a seasoned banker with over 19 years of experience, having worked with banks like ICICI, ABN AMRO and Kotak. In his last assignment with Kotak Mahindra Bank as a Regional Business Manager, he was responsible for managing the branch banking and sales vertical at a regional level. At Kotak General Insurance, he heads the Bancassurance channel and is responsible for deepening our distribution reach across multiple partner banks. Jayesh holds a Masters in Management Studies from Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.

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