Mr.V. Vaidyanathan

Mr. V. Vaidyanathan

Managing Director and CEO, IDFC First Bank


Mr. V. Vaidyanathan is the first Managing Director and CEO of IDFC FIRST Bank, a bank founded by the merger of Capital First and IDFC Bank in December 2018.

Prior to this role, he founded Capital First Limited by first acquiring an equity stake in an existing NBFC, and then executing a Management Buyout (MBO) by securing an equity backing of Rs. 810 crores in 2012 from PE Warburg Pincus. The MBO included (a) buyout of majority and minority shareholders through Open Offer to public; (b) Fresh capital raise of Rs. 100 crores into the company; (c) Reconstitution of the Board of Directors (d) Change of business from wholesale to retail lending; (e) Creation of a new brand "Capital First".

As part of his entrepreneurial journey, he left ICICI Group in 2010 and acquired a stake in a small start-up NBFC. He then exited legacy businesses of Real estate financing, Foreign Exchange, Broking, Investment management businesses and instead transformed the company into a large retail financing institution with operations in more than 225 locations across India. Between March 2010 to September 2018, he has grown the retail financing book from Rs. 94 crores ($14 million) to Rs. 29,625 crores ($4.06 billion), has grown the Equity Capital from Rs. 690 crores ($106 million) to Rs. 2,928 crores ($401.1 million) and reduced the Gross NPA and Net NPA from 5.36% & 3.78% to 1.94% & 1.00%. Under his leadership, the Company's long term credit rating was upgraded four notches to AAA.

He joined ICICI Limited in early 2000 when it was a Domestic Financial Institution (DFI) and the retail businesses he built helped the transition of ICICI from a DFI to a Universal Bank. He built the Retail Banking Business for ICICI Limited since its inception, and grew ICICI Bank to 1411 Bank branches in 800 cities, 25 million customers, a vast CASA and retail deposit base, branch, internet and digital banking, built a retail loan book of over Rs. 1,35,000 crores ($20 billion) in Mortgages, Auto loans, Commercial Vehicles, Credit Cards, Personal Loans. In addition, he also built the SME business and managed the Rural Banking Business for the bank. These businesses helped the conversion of the institution to a universal bank renowned for retail banking.

He was appointed the Executive Director on the Board of ICICI Bank in 2006 and later became the Managing Director on the Board of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company in 2009. He was also the Chairman of ICICI Home Finance Co. Ltd (2006), and served on the Board of CIBIL- India's first Credit Bureau (2005), and SMERA- SIDBI's Credit Rating Agency (2005). He started his career with Citibank India in 1990 and worked there till 2000, where he learnt the ropes in Consumer Banking.

During his career, he and his organization have received a large number of domestic and international awards including the prestigious, "Transformational Leader 2018" by CFI Awards UK, "Most Inspirational Leveraged Management Buyout, India 2018" by CFI Awards, "Financial Services Company of the Year, 2018 - VC Circle", "Entrepreneur of the Year" Award at APEA 2017, CNBC Asia "Innovative company of the year" IBLA-2017, "Outstanding contribution to Financial Inclusion, India, 2017" from Capital Finance International, London, "Economic Times Most Promising Business Leaders of Asia" 2016, 'Outstanding Entrepreneur Award' in Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2016, Greatest Corporate Leaders of India- 2014, Business Today - India's Most Valuable Companies 2016 & 2015, Economic Times 500 India's Future Ready Companies 2016, Fortune India's Next 500 Companies 2016, Dun & Bradstreet India's Top 500 Companies & Corporates 2016 & 2015. During his prior stint, awards included "Best Retail bank in Asia 2001", "Excellence in Retail Banking Award" 2002, "Best Retail Bank in India 2003, 2004, and 2005" from the Asian Banker, "Most Innovative Bank" 2007, "Leaders under 40" from Business Today in 2009, and was nominated "Retail Banker of the Year" by EFMA Europe for 2008. He is an alumnus of Birla Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School and is a regular contributor on Financial and Banking matters in India and international forums.

He is a regular marathoner and has run 22 half-marathons and 8 full marathons. He lives in Mumbai with his family of father, wife and three children.

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