Vishwavir Ahuja

MD & CEO at RBL Bank

Vishwavir Ahuja, Managing Director & CEO of RBL Bank is a veteran in the banking industry with close to 35 years of experience. Mr. Ahuja joined RBL Bank in 2010 when it was a small, regional, southern Maharashtra based old-age private sector bank. He has since transformed the institution into a vibrant, professionally run, new-age bank with a high degree of competitiveness and scale. During his tenure he has been instrumental in growing the Bank's balance sheet close to 25 times making it one of India's fastest growing private sector Banks. In August 2016, he spearheaded one of the country's most successful IPO's in recent history, commanding an oversubscription of over 70 times and a 22% listing premium over the issue price of Rs 225 per share. Mr. Ahuja has won many accolades for the Bank. In 2017, he was awarded the prestigious EY 'Entrepreneur Of the year' award for being a visionary entrepreneur and continuously creating value, generating jobs and contributing to building a better working world. Under his leadership, RBL Bank has been awarded the CNBC ASIA's India Talent Management Award - 2017. Other recent accolades for the bank include: (i) 'India's Best Bank (Growth)' by Business Today-KPMG Best Bank Study for five consecutive years (2012-16). (ii) Awarded the Financial Services Company of the Year - 2017 at VCCircle Awards. (iii)The Bank was chosen by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a Global Growth Company (GGC) 2014. (iv) Awarded two IBA Banking Technology Awards in the Best IT Risk & Cyber Security Initiative category and Best Payment initiative category, 2017 (v) Winner of Asia Banker award for best IT/Core Banking System in Asia (2012) among many others. Prior to joining RBL Bank, Mr. Ahuja was the Managing Director & CEO of Bank of America, India from 2001 to 2009. At Bank of America, he successfully managed assignments in USA, Hong Kong and all four regional offices in India. He held various positions in the Credit and Risk Management Group, Treasury and Foreign Exchange, Corporate Planning and Finance, and Head - Corporate and Investment Banking, before eventually becoming CEO at the age of 41. Mr. Ahuja holds a Master's degree in business administration from IIM - Ahmedabad and an MS degree in International Finance from the University of Michigan, USA.
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