Mr. Kamath is revered in business circles for transforming a small lender, ICICI Bank, into a dynamic private enterprise. He began his career in 1971 with ICICI, did an 8-year stint at the Asian Development Bank in South-East Asia before returning to ICICI as its Managing Director and CEO in 1996. Under his leadership, the ICICI Group transformed itself into a diversified, technology-driven financial services group that has leadership positions across banking, insurance and asset management in India, and an international presence. Successful public offerings made it India’s largest private bank by market capitalisation.
Mr. Kamath joined the Board of Infosys in 2009 and took over as Chairman of the Board in August 2011.
Mr. Kamath was conferred with the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honors. He has received widespread recognition internationally and in India, including being named “Businessman of the Year” by Forbes Asia and “Business Leader of the Year” by The Economic Times, India and CNBC’s “Asian Business Leader of the Year”.
Mr. Kamath has held many significant responsibilities including being the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry and the co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos. He is an independent Director on the Board of Schlumberger Limited and Chairman of the Society and Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management Indore.
He has a degree in mechanical engineering and did his management studies at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.