Shanti Ekambaram

Shanti Ekambaram

President - Consumer Banking Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.

Shanti heads the Consumer Banking business of Kotak Mahindra Bank. Prior to this, Shanti was President - Corporate & Investment Banking for 11 years till April 2014, where she was responsible for ensuring delivery of comprehensive advisory & financial solutions to leading Indian Corporates, Public Sector Undertakings, Financial Institutions, Multinationals and the Government.

Shanti is part of the Bank's Executive Board that drives and oversees the Kotak Mahindra Group's growth charter. Shanti is associated with the Group for over 27 years and has been responsible for successfully setting up and running several business units.

Shanti was also Executive Director and CEO of Kotak Investment Banking earlier. She was associated with this business since 1994 and, along with her team, steered the firm to a position of market leadership. She established a franchise recognised for executing innovative deals, including pioneering the first book-built IPO in India, which ushered global standards in the Indian capital markets.

Shanti has rich and varied experience in Investment Banking including Capital Markets (IPOs, Private Equity, Strategic Equity), M&As, Fixed Income, Fixed Income Syndication & Advisory, the Proprietary Fixed Income Government Securities business and Corporate Banking including Working Capital & Project Financing, Transaction Banking services and Treasury products.

Business Today, one of India's leading business magazines, has recognised Shanti as one of the 'Most Powerful Women in Indian Business' for five years in a row - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Fortune India has featured Shanti as one of the top 50 Most Powerful Women in India in 2016 and 2017. Shanti was also awarded the "CA Women Business Leader" of the year 2013. Further, Indian Merchants' Chamber's Ladies' Wing recognised Shanti as "Woman of the Year" 2013-14 in Banking and Financial Services.

Shanti is on the board of Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore (IIM-B). Before joining Kotak Mahindra Group, Shanti had a short stint with Bank of Nova Scotia - the Canadian International Bank, with their corporate banking and treasury division. Shanti graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Sydenham College, University of Mumbai, and has completed her Chartered Accountancy and Cost and Works Accountancy.