Acuité's Board of Directors
Mr. Jaspal Bindra is a veteran global banker with over 30 years of experience in a broad range of leadership roles with major banking groups (Standard Chartered Bank, UBS, Bank of America). He joined Standard Chartered in 1998 and rose to the parent Board as Director in January 2010. At Standard Chartered, his last position was as CEO of Asia Pacific region. Mr. Bindra is widely considered as an expert on financial markets having experience of working in treasury, capital markets, consumer banking and investment banking. Mr. Bindra had come up with the idea of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in 2004 which today is India's biggest charitable event. Currently, Mr. Bindra is an Executive Chairman and Director of Centrum Capital Limited since April 2016. Mr. Bindra is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur. 
Mr. Rajesh Mirchandani who has an overall experience of more than 30 years, is currently the CEO of Dun & Bradstreet South Asia Middle East Ltd. Mr. Mirchandani is a Post-Graduate in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and completed his graduation in Economics from Madras Christian College. 
Mr. Manish Sinha is currently Managing Director of Dun & Bradstreet India. Prior to joining Dun & Bradstreet, he has been associated with globally renowned companies mainly in areas of Bureau and Analytics business, Credit Strategy Initiatives, Retail Banking, Customer Value Management and Mergers and Acquisition. Mr. Sinha holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. 
Mr. Hiren Shah is a technopreneur and currently leads Net Square Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a niche and highly regarded information security consulting company, as President & Mentor. Before Net Square, Mr. Shah, was with CRISIL and spearheaded the complete transformation of the technology function to become a business partner as the Chief Information Officer. He uses his deep understanding of the BFSI sector and expertise in IT Infrastructure, Business Solutions and Information Security to advise Boards of companies in Banking, Telecom, Healthcare, E-commerce, Utilities and other emerging sectors on IT Governance, Cyber security and Innovation. Mr. Shah graduated as a Physics and Electronics major from Mumbai University and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He is also a CISA and CGEIT.
Dr Vidya Mahambare is Professor of Economics and Finance at the Great Lakes Institute of Management (GLIM), Chennai. She is Program Director for the Institute’s 2-year MBA program and also the Chairperson of the Union Bank Centre for Banking Excellence at Great Lake. She has been a member of Economic Affairs Committee of ASSOCHAM (Tamil Nadu) – Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India. Prior to joining GLIM, Dr. Mahambare was a Director and Principal Economist at CRISIL and earlier, with Cardiff Business School, UK. She has a doctorate in economics from Lancaster Management School, UK. In addition to over 80 op-ed articles in leading newspapers including Wall Street Journal Asia, Times of India, Economic Times, Mint, Business Standard, Indian Express, and Hindu Business Line, Dr. Mahambare has published in international academic journals such as Oxford Economic Papers.
Mr. S Ravi is the Promoter and the Managing Partner of Ravi Rajan & Co., Chartered Accountants. He is considered an expert in Business Valuations, Brand Valuation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Rehabilitation, Restructuring and Turnaround Strategies. Mr. Ravi is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and holds a Diploma in Information Systems Audit (DISA) from ICAI.
Mr. Praveen Trivedi, Joint General Manager in ICICI Bank, is in charge of all Corporate, Agriculture and SME Relationship for Western and Eastern Zone for ICICI Bank. Mr. Trivedi is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Mr. Ajoy Kumar Deb is a Banking Professional with over 40 years of experience. He retired from the State Bank of India as the Chief General Manager (Associates and Subsidiaries Group). Mr. Deb has done his MSc in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and BSc in Chemistry (Hons) from Fergusson College, Pune and is Certificated Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB).
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Our exciting journey started in 2005 with rating of bank borrowers most of whom were small and medium enterprises. At that time, credit rating was a concept known only to large issuers of capital market instruments. Since then, like a caterpillar transforms itself into a beautiful butterfly, we transformed to rate bonds, bank facilities of large corporates and issuers across industries. Along came many achievements - SEBI Registration in 2011, RBI accreditation in 2012, 50,000 ratings in 2018, 5,000 Bond and Bank Loan Ratings in 2017, launch of India's first Android and iPhone app to disseminate rating, tamper-proof QR-code-enabled rating rationales, and SMERA Terminal to name a few.

Now is the time to re-emphasize our increasing footprint across all segments of ratings through the launch of our new name - 'Acuité'.

The name has changed. The spirit of upholding highest standards of analytical rigour, continuous improvement, excellence in our processes and quest for innovation remains the same. We would like to re-emphasize that we will continue to work hard to provide independent, unbiased and timely opinion of highest standard.

Acuité means 'sharpness and clarity of thought and vision'. Let our research and ratings help you take decisions with confidence.

Sankar Chakraborti