Parag Raja is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Bharti AXA Life Insurance, one of the leading life insurance companies in India. He leads the company in its next phase of growth and transformation and aims to achieve its mission of protecting and empowering every Indian through insurance.
An industry veteran, Parag has a career spanning nearly 21 years, including the last 19 years in the life insurance industry across two organizations – Max Life Insurance Co. Ltd and Aditya Birla Sunlife Insurance Co. Ltd. Prior to Bharti AXA Life Insurance, he was the Chief Distribution Officer at Aditya Birla Sunlife Insurance and led a team of over 6,000 employees of diverse functions nationally.
Parag, a conscientious and result-oriented leader with deep-rooted values and a global outlook, has a strong bias for action with a proven track record in delivering sustainable results. He planned and executed the strategic direction for expanding Aditya Birla Sunlife Insurance’s footprint across India and spearheaded robust sales growth. At Max Life Insurance, he grew through the ranks in the Agency channel to become the Head of Agency, and was also instrumental in building the Axis Bank partnership to make it the largest non-captive and third-largest bancassurance relationship in the country. He replicated this success with the HDFC Bank relationship at Aditya Birla Sunlife Insurance and also signed up many other key banks and corporate agency alliances. In the financial services space, he has also worked with ICICI Bank and ANZ Grindlays Bank.
An avid writer, Parag is a Post Graduate in Marketing Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from HR College and a Master in Commerce from Sydenham College, Mumbai.
Ishita Mukherjee is the Chief Operating Officer of Bharti AXA Life Insurance Company, one of the leading life insurance companies in India.
With over 22 years of diverse experience in various domains including IT, Business Processes Re-engineering & Core Operations, she leads the operations, information technology and underwriting & claims functions for the company. Her expertise is in leading large-scale automation, process enhancement, cost optimization and re-engineering interventions across financial services organizations.
Prior to Bharti AXA Life Insurance, Ishita was associated with Bajaj Finserv Limited where she was heading Operational Risk Management. She has also worked with Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company Ltd as Head Operations and also CIO & Head – Business Process Re-engineering.
Ishita is an Economics Graduate from Calcutta University. Her hobbies include reading and music.
Nilesh Kothari is the Chief Financial Officer at Bharti AXA Life Insurance, one of the leading life insurance companies in India.
In his current role as a CFO, Nilesh provides financial direction, oversight and control for the company.
He has been an integral part of the finance domains in the company since 2008 with extensive exposure across strategic planning, finance control, investment operations, procurement, IFRS reporting and profitability analysis.
Prior to joining Bharti AXA Life Insurance, he worked with SBI Life Insurance with significant exposure across finance functions and headed planning and budgeting control function in his last role at the company.
Nilesh is a Chartered Accountant by qualification.
Sandeep Nanda is the Chief Investment Officer of Bharti AXA Life Insurance, one of the leading life insurance companies in India.
With over 25 years of professional experience across various public, private equity and debt markets, Sandeep heads the investment team at Bharti AXA Life Insurance that plays a key role in the systematic approach followed by the company in investment analysis and portfolio management. Prior to this, Nanda was with Bharti AXA Investment Managers as Head of Investment Research.
A graduate from IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad, Sandeep has been previously associated with organizations like Societe Generale, Natwest Markets, IL&FS, and Sharekhan. He has also worked with Dresedner Kleinwort Wasserstein as its Vice President and Research Coordinator for India.
Mohit Bahuguna is the Executive Vice President and Chief of Partnership Distribution at Bharti AXA Life Insurance, one of the leading life insurance companies in India.
With over 17 years of professional experience across insurance and banking distribution management, Mohit heads partnership distribution for the company.
Prior to this, he was with Reliance Life Insurance as Head – Bancassurance and Group Business.
Mohit is a Post Graduate in Management from Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) and a Graduate in B.Com (Hons) from University of Delhi.
Jaishankar Balan is the Head – Human Resources at Bharti AXA Life Insurance, one of the leading life insurance companies in India.
In his current role, Jai leads the HR agenda across domains like Talent Management, Learning & Development and Compensation & Benefits. Further, he is responsible for creating an enabling culture of Learning and Growth for the expanding workforce of the company and also driving performance-centricity while deploying appropriate tools of Reward and Recognition.
With over 15 years of experience in the HR domain across Consumer Goods and Manufacturing Sectors in blue-chip organisations like Marico Ltd., Colgate-Palmolive (India) Ltd. and the Aditya Birla Group, Jai brings to the company a unique blend of expertise which helps navigate the Human Capital challenges facing the company’s growing business.
He holds a graduate degree from Sydenham College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai, and a Masters in Personnel Management from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune.
Vinod D’Souza is the Head – Legal, Compliance, Fraud Control and Company Secretary at Bharti AXA Life Insurance, one of the leading life insurance companies in India.
With over 15 years of professional experience, including 13 years in the life insurance industry, Vinod has worked in different areas including legal, secretarial, compliance, fraud control and risk management in his career.
Prior to Bharti AXA Life Insurance, he has worked with Birla Sun Life Insurance, Thomas Cook and Internet Securities Inc.Vinod is a Company Secretary and Law and Commerce Graduate from the University of Mumbai.
Someshankar Ghose is the Senior Vice President and Head of Direct Distribution channel at Bharti AXA Life Insurance, one of the leading life insurance companies in India.
With over 17 years of experience in the life insurance industry, Someshankar currently heads sales and distribution of the direct channel along with defence vertical (Yoddha) pan-India for the company.
Prior to working with Bharti AXA Life Insurance, he has worked with ICICI Prudential, Aviva Life, Aegon Life in multiple capacities ranging from managing large-scale distribution set-ups in direct channel and bancassurance to building sustainable business growth.
Someshankar holds Master of Business Administration in Marketing from PESIT School of Management, Bangalore. His hobbies and interests are in travelling, sports and wild life.
Mudit is the Chief and Appointed Actuary of Bharti AXA Life Insurance, one of the leading life insurance companies in India.
With over 15 years of professional experience, including 14 years in the life insurance industry, he has worked in different areas such as pricing, reporting and reinsurance. His key responsibilities include meeting policyholders’ reasonable expectations, ensuring the solvency position of the company at all times, appropriate valuation of liabilities, rendering actuarial advice to the management in the areas of product design and pricing and highlighting any foreseeable risks to the board.
Prior to Bharti AXA Life Insurance, he has worked with Aviva Life Insurance, DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance and Infosys.
Mudit is a Fellow Actuary of the Institute of Actuaries of UK & India and also a Mechanical Engineer from IIT- Varanasi.
Ashwani Singh Sodha is the Head Distribution Strategy & Marketing at Bharti AXA Life Insurance, one of the leading life insurance companies in India.
With over 15 years of diverse experience in various domains, including Sales, Finance, Planning & Distribution Strategy, he leads the distribution strategy and marketing functions for the company.
Prior to joining Bharti AXA Life Insurance, he worked with Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance Co with significant exposure across various functions. His expertise lays in managing end-to-end delivery of large-scale transformation projects in financial services organizations.
Ashwani is a Chartered Accountant and an MBA by qualification. He loves reading and listening to music.
Rajesh Walia is the Executive Vice President and Head of Agency Channel at Bharti AXA Life Insurance, one of the leading life insurance companies in India.
With over 25 years of experience in the life insurance industry, Rajesh leads and manages agency team pan-India for the company.
Prior to this, he worked with LIC, Bajaj Allianz and Birla Sun Life and led large sales teams, distribution strategy and revenue assurance functions at Head office level in the previous organisations. His strength lies in large-scale interventions for building distribution and enhancing efficiency metrics.
Rajesh is Master of Science in Mathematics and pursued research at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. In his leisure, he loves to watch Ted videos on various topics to keep him updated. He is passionate about singing, films and sports.
Rishin serves as the Chief Risk Officer of the Company since 6th June 2019. Rishin has over 13 years of experience in Risk Management and Internal Controls across diverse industries including Banking, Commodity Exchanges, Financial Services and Insurance.
In his last role, Rishin worked with Edelweiss General Insurance designated as the Chief Risk Officer. In the same stint with Edelweiss Group, he was also an integral Part of enterprise risk team responsible for managing risk across multiple businesses.
Prior to joining Edelweiss, he was part of the initial team responsible for setting up of Ace Derivative and Commodity Exchange (Kotak Anchored) and served as Head of Risk Management and Internal Controls.
He has also worked for NCDEX and Dena Bank in Risk Function. He is a qualified Engineer and is a Post Graduate in Banking and Finance from National Institute of Bank Management, Pune.