Ananth is an experienced senior banking professional with extensive advisory experience. He is Non-executive Chair at Ecom Express, a technology enabled logistics provider that operates throughout India and has Warburg Pincus and CDC Group as investors. He is also an Independent Director at The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), a leading Indian hospitality company that manages a global portfolio of hotels, resorts, spas and in-flight catering services. IHCL, a Tata Group company founded in 1899, is listed on the Indian stock exchanges.
An Independent Director of Axis Asset Management Company, Ananth was previously an Independent Director of Active Intelligence, a fintech business in Singapore, and on the LP Advisory Committee of Chiratae Ventures (formerly IDG Ventures) in Bengaluru, India. Further experience has come through corporate and investment banking, leading international banks in India, ASEAN and South Asia, and most recently as Global Head for the Global Industries Group at Standard Chartered, based in Singapore.
Ananth has set up and led successful investment banking businesses in Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered and Credit Suisse. He has advised several leading companies including the Tata Group, Diageo, Blackstone, HDFC Bank, Infosys, SAB, and others. His particular sector focus was IT Services and Software.
Ananth has also driven strategic, organisational and cultural change, particularly following the global financial crisis in his most recent organisation. He has presented to regulators on a periodic basis and has been part of senior risk forums, capital allocation forums, reputation risk committee as well as deal approval committees for M&A and capital raising transactions.