Board of Directors

Mr. Amitabh Chaudhry - Director
Mr. Amitabh Chaudhry is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of HDFC Life. Before joining HDFC Life in January 2010, he was the Managing Director and CEO of Infosys BPO and was also heading the Independent Validation Services unit in Infosys Technologies. He started his career with Bank of America and has worked in diverse roles ranging from Head of Technology Investment Banking for Asia, Regional Finance Head for Wholesale Banking and Global Markets and Chief Finance Officer of Bank of America (India). He moved to Credit Lyonnais Securities in 2001 in Singapore where he headed their investment banking franchise for South East Asia and structured finance practice for Asia, before joining Infosys BPO in 2003.
Mr. Chaudhry completed his Bachelor of Engineering in 1985 from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and MBA in 1987 from IIM, Ahmedabad.
Mr. Chaudhry is a Director on the Board of HDFC Pension Management Company Limited, Credila Financial Services Private Limited, Manipal Global Education Services Private Limited and Shriram Transport Finance Company Limited. He is also a Director at Manipal Education Americas, LLC.

Mr. Richard Charnock - Director
Mr. Richard Charnock is an Executive Director of Standard Life Investments and CEO of Standard Life Wealth. He joined Standard Life in February 2007 with a brief to create and launch Standard Life Wealth in the market. Richard oversaw the acquisition of Newton Private Client business in 2013, to position Standard Life Wealth as a major provider of discretionary fund management in the UK wealth management sector.
Alongside heading Standard Life Wealth, Richard was a member of Standard Life UK Executive Board from 2010 to 2014 and subsequently became Managing Director of the Adviser and Investment business of Standard Life UK. He held responsibility for all Standard Life retail channel activity in the UK and Ireland and was also CEO of Standard Life Savings with responsibility for the Wrap platform and FundZone businesses.
Immediately before joining Standard Life, Richard was CEO of Williams de Broe and prior to that served as CEO of Lloyds TSB, Lloyds TSB IFA and Lloyds TSB Stockbrokers.
Richard is a board director and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments. He also chairs the CISI Ethics and Integrity Committee. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers, the Cornhill Club and a Trustee of the Shrewsbury School Foundation.
Prior to his career in the financial services space, Richard served with the British Army in the mid 80’s and holds an Honours degree in Geography from the University of Durham.

Mr. Yuvraj Narayan - Independent Director
Mr. Yuvraj Narayan is the Group Chief Financial Officer of DP World since 2005. He is also on the Board of Directors of DP World. He joined DP World in August 2005. Prior to the above, he has served as Chief Financial Officer of Salalah Port Services Company SAOG, the concessionaire for the management and operation of the new Container Terminal in the Port of Salalah, Sultanate of Oman for almost six years. Before joining Salalah Port Services Company SAOG, he was a key member of ANZ Investment Bank's Global Corporate Finance team and has served ANZ Grindlays Bank Limited for thirteen years in various capacities in India and abroad, from October 1984 to September 1997. During his tenure in the ANZ Banking Group, he has held various key positions such as Head of Corporate Finance and Head of Capital Markets.
Mr. Yuvraj Narayan is a Qualified Chartered Accountant and possesses a wealth of experience in the ports and international Banking sectors.

Mr. DavinderRajpal- Independent Director
Mr. Davinder Rajpal is an independent insurance and reinsurance professional who began his professional career in 1961. Prior to retirement in 2006, he was “Member of the Executive Team” in Swiss Re – Asia HQ, Hong Kong (2002 – 2006), a body responsible for the strategic development and overall management decision making for all Asia Pacific Property & Casualty operations. He was also “Head of Turkey, Middle East and South Asia” markets for Property & Casualty business in Swiss Re(2000 – 2002). Prior to the above, Mr. Rajpal was “General Manager” for AXA China Region, Hong Kong (1992 – 2000). During this period, he was responsible for defining regional strategies and provided overall management of the company’s general insurance operations. He has also served as “General Manager” for CIGNA and his territorial responsibilities in CIGNA included Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau (1985 – 1992).
He was also on the Board of Directors of IDBI Federal Life Insurance Co.Ltd., Mumbai and also was an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of PineBridge Investment Trustee Company India Ltd.


Leadership Team

Sameer Yogishwar
Chief Executive Officer

Sameer started his professional journey in 1998, with HDFC Limited as a Management Trainee. He then moved in 2000 as a key member of the team tasked to set up HDFC Life, the first Indian private life insurance company.
In his 16-year stint with HDFC Life, he was involved across multiple functions including process, operations, learning & development, agency sales, bancassurance, strategic alliances and international business. Within HDFC Life, he has essayed multiple senior leadership roles, having headed the zonal business functions in large geographies of the country, apart from spending a significant part of his career in building up and managing the organization’s 500 strong branch operations network.
Sameer received his Bachelor degree in Economics and a Masters in Management Studies (Finance), both from Mumbai University.

Rahul Prasad
Head – Business Development and Strategy

As Head of Business Development and Strategy, Rahul has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the entire portfolio of the company’s solution offerings. He drives and oversees the business development efforts and client relationship management initiatives of the company.
Rahul started his professional journey with HDFC Life as a Management Trainee in 2004. In his more than a decade long association with HDFC Life, he has contributed significantly across multiple functions viz. business & client management, sales leadership and international business recently.
Rahul holds a Master in Business Administration and has a Bachelor degree in Engineering.

Eshwari Murugan
Appointed Actuary

As an Appointed Actuary of HDFC International Life and Re, Eshwari serves in the capacity as an Advisor to the company and is also a Responsible Officer with complete responsibility and accountability towards the actuarial function of the company.
Eshwari brings in a wealth of experience in life insurance & reinsurance and has a career spanning more than 25 years. She began her professional journey with Life Insurance Corporation of India in 1990 and has worked across various functions viz. actuary, underwriting, claims, information technology etc. before moving to HDFC Life in 2006.
Eshwari is a Qualified Actuary (Fellow of Institute of Actuaries of India) and is also a Fellow of Insurance Institute of India.

Fouzy Mohamed Sheifuddin
Head – Compliance & Legal, Company Secretary

As Head of Compliance & Legal functions, Fouzy is responsible for compliance, legal, secretarial and regulatory matters. She has an enterprising career of over two decades in managing legal and compliance functions across banking and financial services sector in multi jurisdictions, especially, U.A.E, U.K and India. During her expansive career, her experience includes corporate and commercial laws, litigation management, banking and finance, wealth management, investment advisory, corporate advisory, factoring, property & real estate matters.
Fouzy began her career in 1993 as a practicing lawyer before moving to Union Bank of India, a leading public sector bank in India. In her previous roles, she has worked as Vice President-Legal & Compliance at Reliance Capital Asset Management (UK) plc (Reliance Wealth Management), (Erstwhile DIFC Branch). She was also associated with Menafactors Limited, a FIMBank Group Company in the DIFC as Head of Compliance & Legal. She also held authorized Compliance Officer and Money laundering Reporting Officer positions forthe above mentioned companies in DIFC.
Fouzy holds Bachelor of Arts (B.A (L)) and Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from Mangalore University, India.

Abhishek Tandon
Head – Finance and Accounts

As Head of Finance, his responsibilities include corporate finance, business planning, budgetary controls and investment management. He also oversees and manages the general office administration for the company.
Prior to joining HDFC Life in 2009, Abhishek, had worked with various organizations viz. GE Capital, Airtel and Reliance Communications in finance and accounts functions. In HDFC Life, he was heading Regional Finance and Accounts for North India region before moving in to his current role as Head of Finance, HDFC International Life and Re.
Abhishek is a Fellow Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Abhishek Nayak
Head – Risk Management

As Head of Risk Management, Abhishek has the overall responsibility of setting up risk governance infrastructure, implementing Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework, executing ERM strategy, developing risk appetite, and creating an effective risk awareness culture within the organization.
Abhishek carries adequate experience in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Operational Risk Management having been involved in developing and implementing risk management frameworks and standards for various organizations. He has exposure to implementing and executing risk management frameworks and global risk management practices in his previous roles. Prior to joining HDFC International Life and Re, he has worked in the technology and banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) space.
Abhishek has a PGP in Management and holds a Master degree in Commerce with specialization in Finance.

Dr. Mohammed Ayathullah Badsha
Head – Underwriting

As Head of Underwriting, Dr. Badsha has overall responsibility of risk selection of the lives reinsured with the company. He has the mandate to assign underwriting limits and evaluate/decide on facultative underwriting placements. He is also entrusted with designing tailor made risk solutions for ceding partners and liaising with retrocession partners for alternate risk transfer.
Prior to joining HDFC Life in 2006 Dr. Badsha, was working independently as a para-medical practitioner in India and was also associated with Perot Systems for a brief stint. In HDFC Life, he has been instrumental in setting up the underwriting function at the operations hub in India. He has handled numerous complex underwriting decisions and high value policies which were of significant importance to the company.
Dr. Badsha holds a Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Insurance Management. He is also Certified as an “Associate of Reinsurance Administration” from LOMA, USA.

Joby Xavier
Head – Operations and Claims Management

As Head of Operations and Claims Management, Joby has overall responsibility of managing reinsurance operations of the company. He oversees partner management, treaty management, technical accounting and claims management.
Joby began his career in 2002 with IDBI Bank as a Financial Advisor. Prior to joining HDFC International Life and Re he was associated with leading companies in India and GCC viz. Hinduja Global Solutions, United Health Group, Swiss Re, Al Jazira Takaful and Chartis Insurance in managing (re)insurance operations.
Joby holds a Bachelor degree in English.