Manish Kothari, President & Business Head of Corporate Banking at Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited

Manish Kothari is President & Business Head – Corporate Banking at Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited. He has been with the Kotak Mahindra Group for over 25 years, during which time he has worked in essentially all aspects of the corporate lending business.

Podcast

Overview

“When I’m pushing excellence, I push boundaries in general.”

In this episode, Ashutosh Garg converses with Manish Kothari, President and Business Head of Corporate Banking at Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. Manish is a senior banker from Mumbai.

Manish became a business head when he was 30. Having worked in the banking sector for more than twenty-five years, Manish has a lot to teach us about the most crucial changes that the banking sector had undergone in the past three decades, the digital revolution, and financial inclusion.

Manish shares with us his thoughts about India becoming a cashless economy. He tells how he manages the millennials and Gen Zs working for him. Towards the conclusion of the episode, Manish puts forward his definition of success. Watch the full episode to know more about Manish Kothari’s inspiring banking career.

Profile

Manish Kothari is President & Business Head – Corporate Banking at Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited. He has been with the Kotak Mahindra Group for over 25 years, during which time he has worked in essentially all aspects of the corporate lending business. Manish has played a leading role in setting-up the bank’s franchise in essentially all customer segments of Corporate Banking – right from Conglomerates, Large Corporates, Mid Corporates, SMEs, E- Commerce/Start-ups (New Age Cos.), Credit Light Corporates and Supply Chain of Corporates. Under his leadership, the corporate banking franchise has expanded at a rapid pace, with exponential growth in advances, multi-fold growth in revenues and has grown steadily both geographically as well as across industry segments. Prior to this, Manish spent a few years in setting up and building the asset finance business for the technology and media companies in Kotak Mahindra Finance Limited – the erstwhile NBFC that got converted into the Bank. Manish has been part of Kotak Leadership Team (KLT) for the past 11 years. He currently heads a 550+ strong team across 30 locations, covering four business segments – Large Corporates, MNCs, SMEs & New Age Cos, and the entire support back-end for Wholesale Bank (Service Support, BIU, Monitoring, Process/Policy, Marketing, etc.) Over the years, Manish’s dealings with corporates across the spectrum and through multiple economic cycles, has given him a deep understanding and experience of the business models of companies across various sectors and geographies in India. It has also given him the opportunity to handle all aspects of the business, while maintaining a strong focus on growth, nurturing a high quality team, and delivering shareholder value. Manish considers himself to be a professional entrepreneur and is passionate about building businesses, with a strong focus on execution. He is analytical and detail-oriented while keeping the big picture in sight and likes to lead from the front. Manish is a metallurgical engineering graduate from the prestigious Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur where he topped the University. He then completed his PGDBM from XLRI, Jamshedpur, specializing in both Finance & Marketing. Before his post-graduation, he worked for a couple of years with Larsen & Toubro Limited as a graduate engineer trainee.
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