Dr.Chandra is the Chairman of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited and promoter of the Essel Group of Companies. Among the leading lights of the Indian industry, Mr. Chandra has consistently demonstrated his ability to identify new businesses and lead them on the path to success by setting up a conglomerate that is a symbol of the ingenuity with worldwide operations and workforce of nearly 10,000 dedicated employees.
Chairman, Essel Finance
A 1977 batch IAS officer, Dr.Kumar has had held many noticeable and high impact positions within the Government of India during his long illustrious career. He has served as the Finance Secretary and Sales Tax Commissioner for the State of Maharashtra. He was also a Joint Development Commissioner in the Ministry of small-scale industry and a Textile Commissioner in the Ministry of Textile with the Government of India. As ex Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Mr. Kumar is most notably credited with initiating critical modifications to the development control regulations, thereby, drastically reducing the manipulation in building industry, providing level playing field to all developers and protecting flat buyers in Mumbai.
Managing Director, Essel Finance
With over 26 years of rich experience in the areas of Banking, Asset Management, Investment Banking, and Insurance, Mr. Chaturvedi has led several foremost financial companies of India such as Reliance Capital Ltd, ICICI Bank Ltd., Lloyds Finance Ltd., and Dhanlaxmi Bank Ltd in various capacities. As the Managing Director and CEO, he was instrumental in transforming Dhanlaxmi Bank in a short span of 3 years from a regionally focused bank with a business size of approximately Rs.5800 crores to a pan-India bank with a business of approximately Rs.23,000 crores. Likewise, under his headship, Reliance Capital evolved into a diversified financial services conglomerate and assets under management at Reliance Mutual Fund grew from near Rs.1500 crores to over Rs.90,000 crores.
Mr. Mody currently heads finance & strategy for the Essel Group. Prior to this, he was the business head for the Essel Group’s sports business. He is also credited with the launch of the ‘Fun Republic’, chain of multiplexes in India as a senior member in its finance team & the Indian Cricket League (ICL) for the Essel Group. Having worked in various corporate strategy, fund raising & M&A initiatives in his vast 15 years of experience, he brings with him a unique combination of strategic, financial and transactional advisory expertise into the group.
As Managing Director, Mr.Chaturvedi is responsible for the overall functioning of Essel Finance.
With over 26 years of rich experience in the areas of Banking, Asset Management, Investment Banking, and Insurance, Mr. Chaturvedi has worked with leading financial companies such as Reliance Capital Ltd, ICICI Bank Ltd., Lloyds Finance Ltd., and Dhanlaxmi Bank Ltd. His last assignment was with Purple India Holdings Ltd., as an Executive Vice Chairman, where he developed strategic affiliations with international partners, providing a global reach for the company’s clients. Prior to joining Purple, he was the Managing Director and CEO of Dhanlaxmi Bank where he was instrumental in transforming the Bank from a regionally focused bank with a business size of approximately Rs.5800 crores to a pan-India Bank with a business of approximately Rs.23,000 crores in a short span of 3 years. Previously, he also served as the Group President of Reliance Capital and was responsible for the entire financial services business. During his tenure, Reliance Capital evolved into a diversified financial services conglomerate. One of his many achievements included growing the assets under management at Reliance Mutual Fund from around Rs.1500 crores to over Rs.90, 000 crores. He formerly served in various senior capacities in ICICI group – mainly in ICICI Limited, ICICI Bank, ICICI Capital Services and ICICI Web-trade where he gained experience in planning & treasury, broking & distribution and retail banking.
Mr. Chaturvedi is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a commerce graduate from the University of Mumbai.
(Chief Executive Officer, Essel Finance Business Loans Limited)
Mr. Sandeep Wirkhare is leading a mandate to build a new financing institution focused on specialised financial solutions for growth-oriented small medium enterprises (SMEs) and green field micro entrepreneurs.
Mr. Wirkhare has over 22 years of experience in full spectrum of lending right from business development to risk-management in products such as small & medium enterprises (SMEs), commercial real estate, retail assets and microfinance. Apart from standard product lines, he has also managed structured products such as securitization of portfolios for effective liquidity management.
He has spearheaded several start ups and rapid growth situations in organisations such as ICICI Bank, Reliance Capital, Dhanlaxmi Bank where he aligned business objectives and managed risks in multiple product lines at national levels.
Mr.Wirkhare is a Science Graduate & an MBA (Finance) from University of Poona.
Head, Essel Finance Capstar Advisory Limited
As head of Investment Banking, Mr.Punjani is responsible for all of Essel Finance’s investment banking activities.
Mr.Punjani has over 17 years of extensive experience in sourcing and executing transactions related to mergers, acquisitions, financing (debt and equity) with corporate as well as financial investors across a broad spectrum of industries including industrials, technology, healthcare, consumer, retail, food and beverage among others. He has worked on several cross border transactions across several geographies including USA, UK, Europe and India.
Previously, Mr.Punjani was with HT Capital, a private investment banking firm based out of New York, where he was responsible for the firm's cross-border India business. Prior to this, he has worked with JP Morgan's middle market investment banking group. Mr.Punjani started his investment banking career at Houlihan Lokey with their M&A group in New York. He has also worked with ICICI in the Personal Financial Services group.
Mr.Punjani has done Masters in Business Administration from Zicklin School of Business at CUNY, Baruch College. He is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and completed his B. Com from Mumbai University through R.A. Podar College. He is also a registered FINRA representative and holds the Series 7, 63, 79 and 99 licenses.
Head, Essel Finance Advisors and Managers LLP(EFAM)
Mr.Bhushan has been associated with Essel Finance since its inception and is overall responsible for the group’s asset management business.
Before joining the firm, Mr.Bhushan served as the Head of Capital Transactions with Knight Frank India where he provided key funding solutions through private equity, debt and investment sales. Prior to this role, he has served as the Regional Manager for corporate investments with ICICI bank.
Mr.Bhushan brings over a decade of experience in investments, fund raising and research and has led transactions valued at over US$ 200 million across Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Navi Mumbai, NCR and Hyderabad.
Mr.Bhushan holds an MBA in Finance from ICFAI University.
Mr.Soni has over 12 years of extensive experience in channel sales, corporate sales, cross sales, telesales, product management & campaign management in diverse industries such as Telecom, BFSI & Paint Industry. His expertise lies in leveraging technology for scaling business to newer levels.
In his last assignment, Mr.Soni worked with TATA Docomo, a leading Telecom player in India and part of the large portfolio of Tata Group of companies, where he led the Product lifecycle piece of Mobile Applications for Enterprise segment. Prior to this, he has worked with GE Money, Idea Cellular & British paints.
Mr.Soni has done Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Institute of Management Studies, Indore and completed his B.Com. from Indore University.
Ravinder Kumar Dogra
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Dogra has over 27 years’ of extensive experience across finance functions of companies. At present, he heads business finance and is responsible for the financial management of the company.
He had joined Essel Group in June 1996 and in his last assignment he led the Group’s Corporate Finance & Accounts and Secretarial departments. Before joining Essel Group, he worked with Escorts Limited where he managed the whole Division of Escort Communication.
His core strength lies in developing accounting systems and managing accounts and taxation related aspects. He is also well versed in handling compliance measures with various authorities and departments.
Mr.Dogra is a Commerce Graduate and holds a Masters Diploma in Business Administration.
Head, Legal & Compliance
In her current role, Ms.Bhushan is responsible for all aspects of firm’s legal and regulatory requirements. She assists business people in negotiating legal aspects of major transactions and manages all legal advisory wok pertaining to project acquisitions, post transaction management and general corporate governance issues.
Prior to joining Essel Finance, she has worked with premium law firms in India, viz., Economic Laws Practice and Thakker & Thakker where she assisted and advised several multinationals on various corporate and commercial transactions especially in the areas of private equity, venture capital fund investments, mergers and acquisitions, capital market, financial services and outsourcing issues.
With over 10 years of experience, Ms.Bhushan provides practical legal and business advice with regard to a wide variety of issues involved in corporate operations, regulatory mechanisms and transaction structuring.
Ms.Bhushan is qualified to practise law in India. She graduated in law from Government Law College, University of Mumbai and holds a LLM from Mumbai University. She is also a qualified company secretary from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).