Chief Mentor, MD & CEO
(2004 to Jan 2019)
Group President &,
Global Head Climate Strategy
& Responsible Banking
Group President & Global Head, Climate Strategy & Responsible Banking
Namita Vikas is a senior business leader with 28 years of diverse global experience in Banking, Technology & FMCG, with particular focus on Design Thinking, Sustainable Finance, Climate Action, ESG Risk Management, Public Policy & Corporate Citizenship.
Namita was ranked one of the “Leading Women in Business Sustainability" by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and was globally recognized as the "Sustainability Leader of the Year" by Ethical Corporation, UK in 2017. In 2018, she was named one of “Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen” by CSRWorks International. Namita was awarded a scholarship by FMO, the Dutch Development Bank, to be part of the Executive Leadership Program at the THNK School of Creative Leadership, the Netherlands.
Her well-rounded global experience spans specializations in climate strategy, responsible & green banking, triple bottom line accounting, and large scale sustainable development projects. She has a strong track record of leadership development and institution building aimed at deepening the understanding of green banking, and mainstreaming sustainability across verticals.
A certified independent director and a prominent speaker at influential national and international platforms such as the UN General Assembly and G20 amongst others, Namita holds a number of key positions. She has been elected as the Chairperson of UN Natural Capital Finance Alliance; Chairperson of UNGC, West; and Member, UNEP FI Global Steering Committee (GSC). She also serves on the boards of YES FOUNDATION; Asia Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN); UNEP-FI Banking Commission; World Resource Institute - India GHG Program; and Indian Centre for CSR (ICCSR). Namita is also an active member of key councils & committees of industrial bodies such as the BIS, CII, FICCI, IMC and BCCI.
Proficient in building, leading brands & public institutions, throughout her management positions with Marico, Microsoft Corporation and CII, Namita has served onboard the jury of the World Bank's Development Marketplace, TATA Innovista & Americares Social Entrepreneurship Awards.
Namita is an alumna of Columbia Business School, Svenska Institutet, Sweden, and Mumbai University.
Senior Group President
Human Capital Management
Senior Group President, Human Capital Management
Deodutta R Kurane is the Senior Group President - Human Capital Management at YES BANK. He spearheads the Human Resources function and is responsible for implementing innovative HR practices that will identify and nurture talent, evaluate employee contribution and establish action plans for empowering employees across the organization.
Prior to joining YES BANK, Deodutta was responsible for developing and executing the HR strategy at Bajaj Allianz as the Head - HR. He has been instrumental in developing a strong performance culture in the organization along with an effective reward and recognition system. One of his key achievements at Bajaj Allianz was in the area of learning and development with online and offline training programs and leadership development initiatives. Deodutta has successfully conceptualized and implemented an HR IT system at Bajaj Allianz, prior to which, he was with Bharat Forge Ltd, Pune.
Deodutta is a Gold Medalist in Industrial Relations and Welfare from the Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur and brings with him over 35 years of work experience.
Group President & Head Marketing, Corporate Strategy & Communication, Fintech
Amit, a senior leader at YES BANK, is a ‘design-thinker’ with extensive experience in transformational leadership in the financial services, financial technology & consultancy domains across the world. He has made valuable contributions to the public understanding of Fintech and Digital Banking, and regularly engages with various Government Committees and bodies on developing the Fintech ecosystem. He is a member of FICCI Fintech Committee and NASSCOM Product Council Champion amongst others. He is also on the Board of Advisors of SP JAIN (PGP) Mumbai.
Amit is the Head of Marketing, Corporate Strategy & Communication and Fintech and has been instrumental in creating and strengthening the ‘YES BANK’ brand over the last eleven years, spearheading several industry firsts in the technology innovation domain.
Amit has been recognized by LinkedIn as a key social media influencer featuring among the ‘LinkedIn Power Profiles India’ 2016 and 2018.
Prior to joining YES BANK, Amit has worked with TSMG and L&T. He has completed his MBA from NITIE – Mumbai and Engineering from NIT – Surathkal, as well as Executive Program from Stanford University and Design Thinking from IIM Ahmedabad.
Group President &
Chief Digital Officer
Group President & Chief Digital Officer
Ritesh Pai is responsible for direction and strategy of YES BANK’s futuristic one bank vision by creating a seamless, enterprise-wide digital banking strategy.
He is focused on digital enablement, innovative proposition development and problem solving across channels, services, products, processes, communications and people. Under Ritesh’s leadership and YES BANK’s strategic digital focus, his team has brought to market a number of award-winning disruptive services/products. He also mentors numerous starts-ups through the FINTECH program and is a thought leader in finance, innovation, technology and fintech.
Having designed and delivered simple yet revolutionary digital platforms and solutions for the market, he remains passionate about creating and deepening customer value propositions that use technology.
Ritesh brings over 20 years of banking experience in project management, system solutions, design and implementation for cards (prepaid, debit & credit), consumer lending, direct banking channels – Internet, Mobile, IVR, ATMs , call center, home banking, payment solutions and banking training & service quality. He holds a Masters in Financial Management and has worked with some of the leading banks in the industry including Kotak & HDFC.
& Chief Learning Officer
Senior President & Chief Learning Officer
Binoj Vasu is the Senior President & Chief Learning Officer at YES BANK. In this role, he is responsible for building a culture of learning at YES BANK. He leads the YES SCHOOL OF BANKING (YSB), which is the learning and development function for the Bank.
YSB focuses on the knowledge and skill development of all YES BANKers right through their employee lifecycle, including onboarding, cultural integration, functional skills, behavioral skills and leadership development. YSB also runs a unique and transformational initiative called YES USRM (University & Schools Relationship Management program) which focuses on the young academic community through various initiatives aimed at student development and career enhancement.
Binoj is a seasoned talent management professional with over twenty-four years of leadership experience across diverse corporate brands like Tata AIG, Xerox Modicorp, DHL, Exxon Mobil and Exide, prior to his role at YES BANK. He has also had a successful entrepreneurial stint as the founder and CEO of Kuotient, a talent management & consulting organization focused on career mentoring and new-age learning methodologies.
A Mechanical Engineer by basic qualification, he has acquired various professional certifications in Learning & Development. He is a certified coach for Transition Management and Senior Leadership.