Board of Directors
Amit Bapna, Non Executive Director

Amit Bapna is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Reliance Capital Limited and Non Executive Director of Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Company Limited.

He has been with the Reliance Group since 1999. In his existing role, he provides financial direction, oversight and control for Reliance Capital Limited and its group companies and further provides strategic leadership for Corporate Treasury. He has over thirteen years of experience in varied business environments e.g. manufacturing and financial services. He has earlier worked in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer of Reliance Capital Asset Management Limited and Reliance Consumer Finance where he played a key role and had been a significant contributor to the exponential growth of the business bringing operational & process disciplines. Earlier still, he had worked in the Corporate Treasury of Reliance Industries Limited.

Amit is a Chartered Accountant.

Ashish Vohra, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Ashish Vohra is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Company Limited, one of the largest Life Insurance companies in India. Reliance Nippon Life is a joint venture between Reliance Capital Limited, amongst India’s most valuable Financial Services companies and Nippon Life, Japan, the largest private Insurer in Japan and a Global Fortune 500 company. He is also an Executive Director on the Board of the Company. He is responsible for providing leadership to the entire business in its journey towards achieving its vision of being a Company that customers and all stakeholders trust and grow with, by providing financial independence to every life it touches.

Ashish has over 25 years of invaluable experience in the financial services and manufacturing industries, in diverse roles across marketing, sales, product and business development. 

His last assignment was at Max Life Insurance, as Senior Director and Chief Distribution Officer, where he was responsible for delivering robust growth in top-line and increase in market share through existing and new distribution models while ensuring channel profitability, high persistency and a quality book of business. Under his leadership the company consistently maintained its number 1 position amongst the non bank owned Life Insurance companies in India.

Prior to joining Max Life, Ashish was Executive Vice President and Head – Commercial Business at Fullerton India Credit Corporation. As a Founder team member at Fullerton, Ashish headed the P&L responsibility for Commercial Mass Markets and helped Fullerton to successfully capture the retail finance opportunity in India through secured, unsecured and fee based products delivered through a network of 500 branches and 8000 employees. Earlier, at Citibank N.A, he was the Business Manager for Asset Based Finance for India that helped the Bank gain a strong foothold in the SME space in India.

Ashish has served a long stint with Eicher Motors earlier.

Ashish is a Mechanical Engineer from IIT-BHU, and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM, Bangalore.

He is known for his ability to seamlessly partner with team members and achieve shared goals. He is a firm believer in the fact that deliveries happen through people and teams.


Ashok Chawla, Independent Director

Shri Ashok Chawla has been a distinguished civil servant with over 40 years of experience in various sectors of the economy in India as well as in International Multilateral agencies. He obtained his Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics in 1972 and joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1973. He started his career in the State of Gujarat and held various positions, including Chief Executive of important State-Owned enterprises. Notably, he was the head of the multi-billion dollar Sardar Sarovar Narmada multi-purpose project.

In the late 1980's, he was posted as Economic Counsellor in the Indian Embassy in Washington DC, USA.

Between 1998 and 2011, he worked in several senior positions in the Federal Government at Delhi. He has been Permanent Secretary in key ministries of the Government of India such as Finance, Economic Affairs, and Civil Aviation.

He has been on the boards of the Reserve Bank of India and also the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority. He was also at different points in time India's Executive Director on the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Alternate Governor for India at the World Bank and at the Asian Development Bank.

Shri Chawla has also held leadership positions in the corporate sector. He has been Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited and a Director on the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC).

In view of his rich and diversified experience, after his retirement from the civil service, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for the period 2011-2016. The CCI is a new market-economy regulator to ensure fair play by business and Industry and it gained immensely in stature during this period.

On completion of his tenure in the Competition Commission, he has associated himself with the following organizations :

TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) - Chairman of the Governing Council

TERI School of Advanced Studies - Chancellor

National Stock Exchange (NSE) - Chairman

Yes Bank - Chairman

Gautam Doshi, Non Executive Director

A Chartered Accountant and Masters in Commerce, Shri. Doshi is Group Managing Director of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, a conglomerate with interest in telecom, power, infrastructure, entertainment and financial services sectors. Also served as independent director on boards of public limited companies.

Having more than 40 years of experience in wide range of areas covering Mergers and Acquisitions, Direct, Indirect and International Taxation, Transfer pricing, Accounting and Corporate and Commercial Laws. Shri. Doshi has been actively involved in conceptualizing and implementing a number of mergers and restructuring transactions both domestic and cross border, involving many of the top 20 listed companies on the BSE as also those forming part of FTSE 100.

Have addressed several seminars and conference within and outside of India and courses organized by the institute of Chartered Accountants of India, International Fiscal Association, other professional bodies and Chambers of Commerce.

Served on the Councils of Western Region as also All India level of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India which has the task of development and regulation of profession of accountancy in India. During his tenure on the Council, he served on several committees and contributed significantly to the work of Board of Studies which is responsible for education and system of training of students. He had also served as Chairman of committees on Direct and Indirect taxation.
Indira J. Parikh, Independent Director

Prof. Parikh is an M.Ed from University of Rochester, New York USA and received her Doctorate from Gujarat University. She was a faculty at IIM-Ahmedabad for over 30 years and Dean from 2002 to 2005 apart from having taught at INSEAD, Fontainebleau (France) and Texas A&M University. She has specialized in organization development and design, and institution building.

Currently, she is the President of Antardisha, a private entity creating a space for individuals and organizations to have a dialogue for self-discovery, and to reflect on past and renew themselves for the future. She is also the Founder President of FLAME, Pune where she has been involved in creating the academic vision of holistic & liberal education and in shaping the institute. She has been a consultant and has conducted diagnostic studies focusing on leadership and institution building in many public, private and multinational organizations.

Prof. Parikh has been honored with several life time achievement awards both nationally and internationally. She has written numerous articles published in national & international journals and is the co-author/author of several books.

Koji Ichiba, Non Executive Director

Koji Ichiba is a General Manager of Nippon Life’s Global Insurance Business.

Koji Ichiba has over 25 years of experience in life insurance industry since he joined in 1993. He was involved in planning and development for sales channel at regional office and zonal office at Nippon Life. From 2011 to 2015 he was Head-Representative Nippon at Reliance Nippon Life Insurance, leading the development of new distribution channel. He was also seconded to Bangkok Life Assurance in Thailand from 2001 to 2006. At Nippon Life he was taking charge of international operations including strategic investment into Prudential Financial in 2009 and other various deals outside Japan.

Currently, Koji Ichiba is responsible for driving Nippon Life’s overseas insurance businesses in Asia including India, Indonesia, Mainland China and Thailand.

He holds a degree of B.A.(Law) from Doshisha University.
Minoru Kimura, Non Executive Director

Minoru Kimura is a General Manager of Nippon Life’s International Planning & Operations Department.

Minoru Kimura has spent more than 25 years at Nippon Life since he joined in 1990. He has been responsible for both domestic and foreign securities investment, including his assignment at NLI International Inc. in New York, Nissay Deutsche Asset Management Europe and NLI Investments Europe in London.

Previously, he was General Manager of Nippon Life’s Treasury and Markets Department overseeing Nippon Life’s entire domestic fixed income investment. He has also played an active role at Nissay Asset Management, Nippon Life’s asset management subsidiary, in charge of various roles including Head of investment planning.

Minoru Kimura holds a degree of B.A.(Law) from Kyoto University.
Rajendra Chitale, Independent Director

Rajendra Chitale is an independent Director at Reliance Life Insurance Company Limited.

He is the Managing Partner of M/s. M.P. Chitale& Associates, India's leading financial boutique specialist with converging expertise in financial structuring, legal, tax and regulatory advice,Government of Maharashtra. Rajendra serves as independent director on the boards of the National Securities Clearing Corporation Limited, Asset Reconstruction Company (India) Limited, Reliance Capital Limited, Ambuja Cements Limited, Hinduja Global Solutions Limited, Hinduja Ventures Limited, Ishaan Real Estate Plc, Reliance General Insurance Company Ltd. He is a member of the Insurance Advisory Committee of the IRDA and the Advisory Committee on Regulations, Competition Commission of India. He has served on the board of LIC, UTI, NSE, SIDBI, and has served as a member of Takeover Panel of SEBI, the Company Law Advisory Committee, Government of India, the Investor Education and Protection Fund, Government of India, and the Maharashtra Board for Restructuring of State Enterprises.

Rajendra is an eminent Chartered Accountant and law graduate.

Renu Challu, Independent Director

Ms. Challu is a Post Graduate in Economics (Gold Medalist) and is an associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers. She has chaired the Hyderabad Chapter of PRMIA (Professional Risk Managers International Association) and also represented Associate Banks in the Management Committee of IBA (Indian Banks Association).

She has a vast experience of over four decades in the Banking and Financial Services Sector in Senior Management and Board positions. She has held various leadership roles such as Deputy Managing Director (Corporate Strategy and New Businesses) with SBI Mumbai, Managing Director with SBH, Managing Director & CEO with SBI DFHI, Mumbai, Chief General Manager with SBI Bhopal, President and CEO with SBI Capital Markets Ltd., Mumbai, General Manager with SBI Corporate Mumbai and also served as Vice President for SBI, New York.

In her several professional stints, Ms. Renu has contributed for remarkable business expansions and growth. She followed the development and implementation of best Strategy Formulation, Risk Management, Asset Quality Management and Financial Inclusions.

Top Management Team
Akhilesh Gupta, Chief Investment Officer

Akhilesh Gupta is the Chief Investment Officer and member of the Executive Council for Reliance Nippon Life Insurance, one of the largest Life Insurance companies in India. Reliance Nippon Life is a joint venture between Reliance Capital Limited, amongst India’s most valuable Financial Services companies and Nippon Life, Japan, the largest private Insurer in Japan and a Global Fortune 500 company.

Akhilesh has over 25 years of expertise in managing investments in various asset classes like Fixed Income, Foreign Exchange, Trade and Structured Finance (TSF) & Equities with multinational organisations like Aviva Life Insurance Co. India Ltd., Dundee Mutual Funds and Cargill India Pvt. Limited. He has won “ET– S&P Micropal” award for best performance of Dundee Liquidity Fund for FY 2000.

He holds MBA in Finance from Banaras Hindu University (BHU).

 
Ashish Vohra - Chief Executive Officer  - Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Company Limited
Ashish Vohra, Chief Executive Officer
Ashish Vohra is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Company Limited, one of the largest Life Insurance companies in India. Reliance Nippon Life is a joint venture between Reliance Capital Limited, amongst India’s most valuable Financial Services companies and Nippon Life, Japan, the largest private Insurer in Japan and a Global Fortune 500 company. He is also an Executive Director on the Board of the Company. He is responsible for providing leadership to the entire business in its journey towards achieving its vision of being a Company that customers and all stakeholders trust and grow with, by providing financial independence to every life it touches.

Ashish has over 25 years of invaluable experience in the financial services and manufacturing industries, in diverse roles across marketing, sales, product and business development. 

His last assignment was at Max Life Insurance, as Senior Director and Chief Distribution Officer, where he was responsible for delivering robust growth in top-line and increase in market share through existing and new distribution models while ensuring channel profitability, high persistency and a quality book of business. Under his leadership the company consistently maintained its number 1 position amongst the non bank owned Life Insurance companies in India.

Prior to joining Max Life, Ashish was Executive Vice President and Head – Commercial Business at Fullerton India Credit Corporation. As a Founder team member at Fullerton, Ashish headed the P&L responsibility for Commercial Mass Markets and helped Fullerton to successfully capture the retail finance opportunity in India through secured, unsecured and fee based products delivered through a network of 500 branches and 8000 employees. Earlier, at Citibank N.A, he was the Business Manager for Asset Based Finance for India that helped the Bank gain a strong foothold in the SME space in India.

Ashish has served a long stint with Eicher Motors earlier.

Ashish is a Mechanical Engineer from IIT-BHU, and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM, Bangalore.

He is known for his ability to seamlessly partner with team members and achieve shared goals. He is a firm believer in the fact that deliveries happen through people and teams.


Katsuhisa Kumasako, Head Representative, Nippon Life

Katsuhisa Kumasako is Nippon Life’s Head Representative at Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Company Limited, one of the largest life insurance companies in India. Reliance Nippon Life is a joint venture between Reliance Capital Limited and Nippon Life, Japan.

Nippon Life, with a history of 126 years, is one of the oldest life insurance companies in Japan and one of the largest in the world. Eager to expand its insurance business in Asia, Nippon Life is focusing on India as one of its key markets.

After spending 6 years on assignments in New York, Katsuhisa Kumasako came back to Tokyo in April 2010 to develop Nippon Life's overseas insurance business. He was in charge of relationship building with the Reliance Group from the beginning, and for the last 5 years, has been deeply involved in the strategic alliance and business collaborations between the two groups.

He brings to the table his extensive experience, spanning 23 years with Nippon Life, in Marketing & Sales Planning, Channel & Service Development, Corporate Planning & Governance, Group & EB Businesses and International Business.

He graduated in March 1993 from the School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Japan, with a major in International Economics. His unique career also includes working for the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for two years, from 1997 to 1999. There he experienced and exercised Economic Diplomacy, such as Liberalization and Facilitation of Trade and Investment and Economic Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.
Poornima Subramanian, Chief Finance Officer
Poornima Subramanian is the Chief Finance Officer for Reliance Nippon Life Insurance, one of the largest Life Insurance companies in India. Reliance Nippon Life is a joint venture between Reliance Capital Limited, amongst India's most valuable Financial Services companies and Nippon Life, Japan, the largest private Insurer in Japan and a Global Fortune 500 company. She is a member of the Executive Council at Reliance Nippon Life.
 
Poornima has over 20 years of experience in various areas within Finance including P&L Management, Statutory accounting, Budgeting, and Planning. She has worked with various organizations such as TATA AIG General Insurance, ICICI PRU and Morgan Stanley. Prior to joining Reliance Nippon, she was associated with TATA AIG General Insurance as Chief Finance Officer.
 
Poornima is an alumnus of ICAI & ICWAI.
Prerak Parmar, Chief Distribution Officer

Prerak Parmar Chief is the Distribution Officer for Reliance Nippon Life Insurance, one of the largest Life Insurance companies in India. Reliance Nippon Life is a joint venture between Reliance Capital Limited, amongst India’s most valuable Financial Services companies and Nippon Life, Japan, the largest private Insurer in Japan and a Global Fortune 500 company. He is a member of the Executive Council at Reliance Nippon Life.

Prerak has over 24 years of professional and well diversified experience in B2B & B2C sales & management. He has over 15 years of experience in Life Insurance and over 11 years in FMCG sales and distribution management. Prior to joining RNLIC, he worked with Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance as Executive Vice President & Head of Tied Agency Business, Direct Marketing & Group Cross-Sell business. In addition to this, he was also responsible for handling Alternative Distribution under IMF (Insurance Marketing Firms) and upcoming POS (Point of Sales) reforms. Prior to this, he has worked with multiple organizations of repute in Life Insurance and FMCG like Max Life Insurance, Henkel- SPIC and Dabur India.

Prerak holds a management degree from IMT Ghaziabad. In addition, he holds an Executive Certificate in Sales Force Performance from ISB, Hyderabad.

Sunder Krishnan - CRO - Reliance Life
S V Sunder Krishnan, Chief Risk Officer

Sunder is Chief Risk Officer at Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Company, one of India’s leading life insurance companies. Reliance Nippon Life is a joint venture between Reliance Capital Limited and Nippon Life, Japan.

Out of a career spanning over three decades, Sunder has dedicated ten years to Reliance Nippon Life, where he has been at the helm of Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Audit, BCP, Information Security, Legal, Secretarial, Claims and Compliance. He has judiciously used technology to implement a risk-based strategy across all these functions.

Sunder’s profile includes leading companies like DSP Merrill Lynch, ING Vysya, Credit Lyonais, Standard Chartered, Bank Internasional Indonesia, Ernst & Young and Deloitte. His experience spans more than 12 countries, in significant roles with exposure to bank businesses and operations.

Sunder is a Bachelor in Commerce and Economics, Chartered Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Inter Company Secretary and Check Point Certified Security Administrator (CCSA); and is certified in the Enterprise Wide Risk Management Program from Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Manila.

He is the recipient of a distinctive recognition from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), who named him ‘Best Professional Achiever’ for 2011.

Shiv Tiwary, Head – Business Transformation

Shiv Tiwary is Head – Business Transformation at Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Company Limited, one of the largest life insurance companies in India. Reliance Nippon Life is a joint venture between Reliance Capital Limited and Nippon Life, Japan.

Shiv heads Business Transformation office at Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Company and is responsible for leading Strategic Initiatives to bring about sustainable transformation across functional areas. He has over 15 years of rich experience across Strategy, Business Planning, Change Management, Distribution Development and Business Transformation. Prior to joining Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Company, he has held leadership positions at YES Bank where he was responsible for strategy development and deployment across Insurance Distribution, Equity Broking, Investment Banking and for leading PMO for strategic initiatives. Shiv has a rich experience in the Insurance Industry having worked at Aviva India in the areas of strategy as well as developing new distribution channels.  In the past, Shiv has worked as a Management Consultant at Tata Strategic Management Group (TSMG), the management consulting arm of the Tata Group. 

Shiv hold a Degree in Engineering from Marine Engineering and Research Institute (MERI), Kolkata and a degree in Management from NITIE, Mumbai.

Chief Human Resources Officer
Srinivas Ladwa, Chief Human Resources Officer

Srinivas Ladwa is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Reliance Nippon Life Insurance, one of the largest Life Insurance companies in India. Reliance Nippon Life is a joint venture between Reliance Capital Limited, amongst India’s most valuable Financial Services companies and Nippon Life, Japan, the largest private Insurer in Japan and a Global Fortune 500 company.

Srinivas comes with the diverse set of experiences having managed various aspects of HR both in India and internationally with over 18 years of enriching experience in the Human Resources function, across consulting and BFSI sectors. His last assignment before joining us, was with Wells Fargo as the Regional Compensation Lead for Asia Pacific, based out of Hong Kong. Prior to this, he was the Business HR Lead for the Asia Pacific region for a business division at Deutsche Bank. Before moving to Hong Kong, he was Country Business HR Head (Corporate & Investment Bank) of Deutsche Bank India.

He has also worked with Royal Bank of Scotland/ABN Amro across India and UK. As a consultant working with Ernst & Young and Mercer Consulting, Srinivas has advised clients across industry sectors on human resource management.

Srinivas is an MBA from Symbiosis International University, Pune.

Srinivasan Iyengar - Chief Operating Officer - Reliance Nippon Life
Srinivasan Iyengar, Chief Operating Officer
Srinivasan Iyengar is the Chief Operating Officer at Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Company Limited, one of the largest life insurance companies in India. Reliance Nippon Life is a joint venture between Reliance Capital Limited and Nippon Life, Japan.

He has over 26 years of experience in Operations, Customer Service and Technology. His key focus areas at Reliance Nippon Life are integrating systems and processes for delivering operational excellence, customer value proposition and developing cost efficient service delivery platform.

Prior to joining us, Srinivasan was with Aegon Religare Life Insurance where in capacity of the COO, he led several projects to achieve Service Excellence and Operational Efficiencies to support business strategy.

He has also been associated with companies like LIC, ICICI Prudential, Prudential Malaysia & TCS in various capacities.

Srinivasan has done his Graduation in Commerce from Mumbai University and an advanced course in Systems Management & Technology.
Key Management Person (KMP)
Mr. Akhilesh Gupta, Chief Investment Officer
Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Ashish Sarma
Mr. Ashish Sarma, Company Secretary and Head - Legal & Compliance

Company Secretary and Head - Legal & Compliance
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Mr. Ashish Vohra, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Mr. Pradeep Thapliyal
Mr. Pradeep Thapliyal, Appointed Actuary

Appointed Actuary
Chief Risk Officer
Mr. S.V. Sunder Krishnan, Chief Risk Officer

Chief Risk Officer
Poornima Subramanian, Chief Finance Officer

Chief Finance Officer