Leadership

Sankar Chakraborti
Group CEO & Executive Director

Sankar is leading Acuité's transformation from a full service credit rating agency to a technology and innovation driven knowledge company. Sankar has two & half decades of experience in developing and selling data, analytics, risk management, credit ratings, and financial research solutions. Sankar was an Independent Director on the Board of Indian Oil Corporation. He has been a member of the Working Group constituted by the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India for recommending the provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. He is a member of FICCI's Capital Markets Committee and Executive Committee of Maharashtra State Council. He is also a member of IBA's Standing Committee on MSMEs. Sankar holds a Master’s in Business Management and has a Bachelor’s degree with Physics major.

Sankar's hobby is travelling & photography. He loves to read about science, psychology & the economic history of India.

Suman Chowdhury
Chief Analytical Officer

As the Chief Analytical Officer (CAO), Suman is responsible for ratings execution, analytical quality and thought leadership at Acuité. With an aggregate experience well over two decades in credit ratings, research and risk, he has worked in leadership roles in ICRA and CRISIL (Indian subsidiaries of Moody’s and S&P) before joining Acuité. He has also worked in the banking sector as Group Head in Credit Risk Management Group of ICICI Bank. Suman’s past roles have given him a solid exposure to corporate and infrastructure, financial sector as well as structured finance ratings. Suman is an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta and a graduate in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.

His hobbies include reading and travelling.

Antony Jose
Chief Rating Officer

As the Chief Rating Officer, Antony is responsible for governance processes and adherence to extant regulatory guidelines. He is in charge of rating committees, rating administration and investor outreach. Antony has an overall work-experience of two decades, spanning roles in Business Development, Rating Operations, and Regulatory Compliance. Prior to Acuité, he worked with CRISIL, and edutech start-ups like iDiscoveri (XSEED). He is a Post Graduate in Business Management from S P Jain Institute of Management Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai.


Antony likes to read, watch movies and swim.

Gaurav Bhutiani
Vice President & National Head
Business Development

Gaurav leads the business development function across all verticals of the company. He has over 13 years of experience into Key Account Management and Business Development across credit rating, banking & IT consulting industries, and experience in team building, improving profitability and value proposition of a business. He holds an MBA from NMIMS, Mumbai, LLB from Government Law College, Mumbai and a B.E. – Information Science & Engineering degree from M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru.

Gaurav is an avid squash/badminton player and enjoys travelling.

Reshma Polasa
Head – Technology & Business Process Excellence

Reshma Polasa leads the IT and Business Process Excellence functions at Acuité. She is leading the digital transformation of Acuité by re-engineering various processes to achieve greater efficiency and better quality. In last 8 years, Reshma has seen practically every function of a rating agency. She holds a Bachelors degree in Marketing Management from Mumbai University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Management from IIM – Calcutta.

Reshma loves to dance, travel to new places, and explore good food.

Chitra Mohan
Vice President - Compliance & Company Secretary

Chitra Mohan has been with Acuité since its inception in 2005. An associate member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), she has over 15 years of experience in the field of secretarial, legal and corporate compliance. Apart from being a Key Managerial Personnel, she is primarily responsible for overseeing and managing corporate and regulatory compliance matters as well as internal policies and procedures.

Her hobbies include reading, listening to music and travelling.

Loretta Fernandes
Head – People & Culture

Loretta Fernandes leads the Human Resources & Administration function. She has over 15 years of HR leadership and business partnership experience across retail and financial services industries. She holds a B.A. (Honours) degree and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management & Development. This is Loretta’s second stint with Acuité and right now she is focused on the cultural transformation of the company.

Loretta likes listening to music, painting, travelling and exploring.


Mr. V Chandrasekaran

Mr. V Chandrasekaran has an overall experience of nearly 40 years in Industry and Development Banking. He superannuated as the Executive Director of SIDBI. He has long and varied experience in policy formulation, development, financing of projects and NBFCs. Mr. Chandrasekaran has had a long association with Acuité and is a member of the Appeal Committee. He was a member on the boards of a few organizations and is associated with National Stock Exchange as a Member of the Grievance Redressal Committee. He is also a member of the Credit Committee of an NBFC. Mr. Chandrasekaran is a graduate in mechanical engineering and holds a master’s degree in financial management from JBIMS.

Mr. Samirendra Chatterjee

Mr. Samirendra Chatterjee is an IAS (Retd.) officer of 1976 batch and is a former Secretary to Government of India. In a career spanning 37 years, he has worked in the Ministries / Departments of Agriculture, Industries, Commerce, Transport, Finance, Social Justice Labour, Coal in the State / Central government. He was Central Provident Fund Commissioner, Member (Private Investment) in National Highways Authority of India and Secretary in the Ministry of Defence.


Mr. K Jayshankar

Mr. K. Jayshankar (Jay) is the Managing Director of Empowered Learning Systems Private Limited (which he set up in 1992 after a bright and rewarding stint with the Tata Group) which focuses on Consulting, Training, Organisation Processes & Coaching. A Certified Management Consultant (CMC) with over 30 years' experience in industry, he specializes in strategic planning, leadership development, change management, and empowering learning throughout organisations. Further, he has been an Executive Coach for senior business managers for many years.

Besides his various stints as visiting faculty at various management schools, Jay is a member of different professional bodies, and has been a speaker at several international conferences in Japan, USA, Panama, Netherlands, Egypt & South Africa.

Jay is a graduate from the Madras Christian College (majoring in economics, with mathematics and statistics as additional subjects), a post-graduate from the reputed Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai (specializing in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations), and holds a Law degree. In 1999, he was one of the chosen few to be selected for the prestigious Chevening Gurukul scholarship to the London School of Economics on Global Leadership & Excellence.

He has also organized & facilitated India’s first Corporate Leadership Expedition Journey (‘Reach for the Sky’) when a team scaled Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest peak at over 19,340 feet) on August 15th, 2007, timing with India’s 60th Independence celebration. An avid adventure buff, Jay is also a sky diver and a marathoner.



Mr. S.S. Mundra‘s has served as Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India. Prior to that, he was the Chairman & Managing Director of Bank of Baroda. In a banking career spanning over four decades, Mr. Mundra held several important positions including that of Executive Director of Union Bank of India, Chief Executive of Bank of Baroda (European Operations) amongst others. He also served as RBI's nominee on the Financial Stability Board (G20 Forum) and its various committees. Shri Mundra was also the Vice-chair of OECD's International Network on Financial Education (INFE).

Mr. Mundra also served on Boards of several multi-dimensional companies like the Clearing Corporation of India Ltd (CCIL), Central Depository Services (India) Ltd. (CDSL), BOB Asset Management Company, India Infrastructure Finance Corporation (UK) Ltd. (IIFCL), IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company Ltd., Star Union Dai-Ichi Life Insurance Company Ltd., National Payments Corporation of India Ltd., etc. The experience gained in guiding these entities has bestowed him with wide leadership skills and keen insights in best practices in Corporate Governance.

Amity University has conferred the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.), Honoris Causa, upon Mr. Mundra, in recognition of his services in the field of banking and related areas.

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. Arun Tiwari has over 38 years of professional experience in banking and financial market operations. He was the Chairman & Managing Director of Union Bank of India. A postgraduate in Chemistry, he has extensive knowledge in areas as diverse as Banking & Finance and Computer Programming. He has undergone training at prestigious institutions, like Arthur D’Little, Boston - USA, Kellog School of Management, Northwestern University - Chicago, Indian School of Business - Hyderabad, Indian Institute of Technology - Mumbai, NIBM - Pune, etc. 
Mr. Saurabh Shah currently leads the Finance function in Dun & Bradstreet Information Services India Private Limited as Director – Finance. He has been with Dun & Bradstreet for more than 7 years, having worked in India, the UK and the US in senior positions. Saurabh has over 15 years of financial expertise and has played a key role in implementing various internal and external financial projects, as well as streamlining the finance function in the various organizations that he has been associated with till date. Saurabh is a qualified Chartered Accountant (India) and a Certified Public Accountant (USA). 
Mr. Chitta Ranjan Biswal, aged 65 years is a post graduate in Physics and is an IAS officer of 1981 batch of Andhra Pradesh cadre. He has handled various important assignments in the State of Andhra Pradesh which include Principal Secretary to the Government in departments like Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, Industries & Commerce Department, Higher Education Department, Agriculture and Co-op Department. He was also the Special Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA) Hyderabad. He retired as Principal Secretary, Panchayat Raj department. Presently, he is working as Chairman of Pay Revision Commission, Telangana state.
Prof. (Dr.) Pushpa Trivedi is Professor and Head of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. Ms. Trivedi has a rich experience of 42 years in the field of teaching and research. She is a Post Graduate in Economics and has completed her Ph.D from the University of Mumbai. She is also a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, International Finance Section, Department of Economics, Princeton University. She has more than 45 publications to her credit mainly in the field of Economics and has also made presentations at various national and international conferences. Ms. Trivedi was a member of the IIT Bombay Team that was honoured by the former Hon. Prime Minister, Shri A.B. Vajpayee, for the draft on manufacturing policy titled "Made in My India".
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.
Sankar has more than two decades of experience in developing and selling data, analytics, risk management, and financial research solutions. He is a member of FICCI's Capital Markets Committee and Executive Committee of Maharashtra State Council. He is also a member of IBA's Standing Committee on MSMEs.