Mr. Surinder Singh Kohli

Chairman - Advisory Board

Qualifications

Diploma in Industrial Finance from Indian Institute of Bankers
Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB)
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University

Work Experience

Mr. Kohli has substantial experience as a Banker, spanning 40 years of experience having held several senior positions including Chairman and Managing Director of Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Punjab & Sind Bank, and Chairman of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI). PNB is the third largest bank in India. During his chairmanship, he undertook total transformation of the banks. Under his leadership, PNB became a techno-savvy bank by implementing core banking solutions and introducing various technology-based products and services. Resultantly, PNB became the number1 bank amongst the nationalized banks in terms of assets, asset quality, technology, profit after tax and return on assets. PNB also emerged as one of India’s Most Trusted Brands and the PNB Group floated three IPOs during his tenure which were highly successful.


Mr. Kohli has also held the Chairmanship of Indian Banks’ Association, a forum for promoting the interest of banks for two terms and has chaired several committees associated with financial sector policy. The committees he chaired dealt with a variety of
issues relating to SME financing, willful default in loans, financing sugar industry, Human Resources Development in the banking industry and reconstruction of distressed small industries, etc.


A recipient of several awards including the Wharton-Infosys Ltd “Enterprise Transformation Award for Technology”, he now holds directorship in various institutions in India.

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