Mr John Berisford is President of S&P Global Ratings. He is responsible for all aspects of the business, including commercial, analytical, control and operations.
S&P Global Ratings is regulated in many of the countries in which it operates, and Mr Berisford is a director of two of its largest legal entities - Standard & Poor’s Credit Market Services Europe Limited and Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC.
Previously, Mr Berisford served as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for the Company. In this role, he was instrumental in creating and executing the Company’s growth and value plan, resulting in the creation of McGraw Hill Financial and the sale of McGraw-Hill Education. He led the initiative to create the Company’s focused business unit operating model, while strengthening the human resource function with new capabilities to support the Company’s growth and performance goals. Mr Berisford also drove the succession process that enabled a seamless CEO transition in 2013.
Before joining the Company in 2011, Mr Berisford spent 22 successful years at PepsiCo where he spearheaded a number of important global initiatives and transformations. Among other strategic projects, he led the integration after PepsiCo acquired the independent Pepsi Bottling Group into its overall corporate structure.
Mr Berisford holds a bachelor's degree in political science from West Liberty College in West Virginia, and a master’s degree in labour and industrial relations from West Virginia University.
Mr M. Damodaran, a former Indian Administrative Service officer, has held a number of important positions in both central and state governments and in India’s financial sector, before demitting office as the Chairman, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), in February 2008. Prior to that, he was the Chairman of Unit Trust of India and Industrial Development Bank of India, and led the successful restructuring of both these institutions. His earlier positions include Joint Secretary (Banking), Ministry of Finance, Government of India; Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India; and Chief Secretary, Government of Tripura.
During his tenure at SEBI, he was elected the Chairman of the 80-member Emerging Markets Committee, International Organization of Securities Commissions. As SEBI Chairman, Mr Damodaran brought several best practices to India’s securities market.
At present, he is Advisor in India for the Netherlands-based ING Bank and an independent director on the boards of some of India’s leading companies. He is the founder of Excellence Enablers, a corporate governance advisory firm that focusses on improvement of board performance. Mr. Damodaran is the Chairman of Glocal Healthcare Systems, a pioneering pan-India effort to provide quality healthcare at affordable cost to Indians in underserved rural areas. He is also the Non-Executive Chairman of InterGlobe Aviation Limited.
He was the Chairman of the Government of India-constituted task force for setting up the Resolution Corporation of India. He was also the Chairman of the Committee for Reforming the Regulatory Environment for Doing Business in India, Ministry of Corporate Affairs. He was the Founder Chairman of the Society and Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli.
Ms Vinita Bali is a global business leader with extensive experience in leading large companies in India and overseas. She has worked with eminent multinationals such as Coca-Cola Company and Cadbury Schweppes PLC in a variety of roles (marketing, general management and chief executive) in the UK, Nigeria, South Africa, Latin America and the US, in addition to Britannia Industries Limited in India. She brings a global and pragmatic perspective to strategy, marketing, innovation and operations, having worked across countries and continents, with responsibility for global and regional roles.
Effective April 2014, Ms Bali moved from a full-time operational role as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Britannia, to pursue her wide-ranging interests in the corporate and development sectors, through a portfolio of roles and responsibilities. She is a Non-Executive Director on the global boards of Smith & Nephew PLC and Bunge Limited, and Chairman of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, a Swiss foundation based in Geneva. Ms Bali also served on the global board of Syngenta International AG from April 2012 to June 2017.
In India, Ms Bali serves as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Titan Company Limited and Syngene International Limited; is a member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore; and an advisory board member of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Ms Bali was among the 27 global leaders appointed by the United Nations in 2012 to help improve maternal and child health as a part of its Scaling Up Nutrition initiative and completed her term in 2016. She has been recognised in national and international fora, and won several awards for her contributions to business and society.
Ms Bali has an under-graduate degree in economics from the University of Delhi and a master’s degree in management from the University of Bombay. She also pursued post graduate studies in international business from Michigan State University.
Mr Ewout Steenbergen is the Executive Vice President and CFO of S&P Global. As CFO, Mr Steenbergen is responsible for all aspects of the finance department, focused on growth and sustainable shareholder value. Moreover, he is responsible for strategy and corporate development. He was appointed CFO of S&P Global in 2016. Previously, he was the Executive Vice President and CFO of Voya Financial Inc.
Prior to Voya, Mr Steenbergen was the CFO and Chief Risk Officer for ING Asia-Pacific and held a number of management roles in the ING Group, including serving as the Regional General Manager in Hong Kong and the CEO of RVS, an ING Group company based in the Netherlands.
He has also held other international roles such as the CEO of ING’s retail business in the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic and the CEO of ING Nationale-Nederlanden Slovak Republic.
Mr Steenbergen holds a master’s degree in actuarial science from the University of Amsterdam and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Rochester and Nyenrode University.
He also serves on the Board of Directors of the US Fund for the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund.
Mr Girish Paranjpe has over three decades’ experience in technology and other industries along with substantial exposure to financial services technology.
Mr Paranjpe served as the Co-CEO of Wipro’s information technology (IT) business during 2008-2011 and was a member of the Board of Directors of Wipro Limited. Mr Paranjpe had a two decade-long tenure at Wipro Limited, where he led the IT business and held other senior positions, as President, Financial Services Consulting and Marketing; Head, Financial Services; and CFO, IT.
More recently, Mr Paranjpe was the MD of Bloom Energy International, a Silicon Valley-based alternative energy company.
He is a Founding Partner of Exfinity Venture Partners, which invests in tech startups.
Mr Paranjpe is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India.
Ms Martina L. Cheung is the Head of Risk Services. She is responsible for monetising and leveraging S&P Global’s significant risk intellectual property (research, content, models, data, analytics and solutions) cross-divisionally to serve clients in managing complex risk challenges. Ms Cheung’s responsibilities also include driving S&P Global’s enterprise-wide growth strategy in Environmental, social and governance (ESG) and cyber risk.
Previously, Ms Cheung served as S&P Global’s Chief Strategy Officer, where she was responsible for the execution and measurement of the company’s growth and performance objectives, positioning the company for sustainable growth and the continuing expansion of its global footprint. She was also the Head of S&P Global Ventures, overseeing investments in early stage fintech startups.
Ms Cheung joined S&P Global in 2010 as the Vice President of Operations and was appointed the MD of the Global Strategy Group in 2012. Prior to joining S&P Global, she worked in the consulting industry, first in Accenture’s Financial Services Strategy group and later as a partner at Mitchell Madison Consulting.
Ms Cheung holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and a master’s degree in business studies from University College Galway.
Ms Arundhati Bhattacharya has 40 years of rich experience in India’s financial sector, working across varied roles and diverse national and international locations. She was the first woman Chair of State Bank of India (SBI), a Fortune 500 company, and held the position for four years. Ms Bhattacharya has expertise and deep understanding of all aspects of banking spanning the domains of credit, forex, treasury, retail operations, mergers and acquisitions, besides the capital and bond markets.
Most significant among her work is the SBI’s technology agenda to embrace digital and mobile presence. Under her leadership, the bank was adjudged one of the top three best places to work in India by the leading global job site ‘Indeed’. Other notable initiatives during her chairmanship include overhauling of the bank’s risk structure and implementation of various technology tools for this purpose, as well as enhancing enterprise-wide risk awareness and sensitivity. She also engineered the merger of the mother bank with its six associate banks, creating an entity three times the size of its nearest competitor.
Forbes ranked her 25th in its list of ‘Most Powerful Women in the World’ and 5th in ‘Most Powerful Women in Finance’ in 2016. She also featured in Fortune’s ‘50 Most Powerful Women in Business’ and ranked among the top five in the Asia-Pacific region. She was one of the two Indians among Foreign Policy Magazine’s ‘100 Global Thinkers’ in 2014. She ranked 26th in the fourth edition of Fortune’s ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’, becoming the only Indian corporate leader to be featured in the list.
Before taking charge as the Chairman, Ms Bhattacharya had a short stint as the MD and CFO of the bank. She was also the MD and CEO of SBI’s investment banking arm, SBI Capital Markets. Earlier as the Chief General Manager (New Businesses), Ms Bhattacharya was involved in setting up several new companies / launching initiatives, including SBI General Insurance, SBI Macquarie Infrastructure Fund and SBI SG Securities Limited.
Ms Bhattacharya has a postgraduate degree in English. She is also an associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers.
Mr Ravindar Singhania is the Managing Partner of Singhania & Partners LLP. He has more than two decades of experience in the legal profession. He ranks amongst the top 100 legal luminaries of India in researches conducted by LexisNexis, Indian Business Law Journal, and Indian Corporate Counsel Association. He has been consistently rated as India’s top corporate mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution and project finance lawyer.
He currently serves on the boards of Indian subsidiaries of several multinational companies such as National Instruments and American Bureau of Shipping. He is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, as well as the Supreme Court Bar Association. He is a governing body member of Indian Council of Arbitration and a member of the managing committee and the Co-Chairman of Law & Justice Committee of PHD Chamber of Commerce in India. He is also a board member of TerraLex Inc., a global network of law firms with more than 19,000 attorneys in 100+ countries.
Mr Singhania holds bachelor’s degrees in commerce and law from Shri Ram College of Commerce and Campus Law Centre, Delhi University, respectively. He is admitted to practise law in India and England (solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales). He is the former Vice Chairman of the Asia Pacific Committee of the American Bar Association.
Ms Ashu Suyash is the MD and CEO of CRISIL and is a member of the CRISIL Board. She also serves as a member of the Operating Committee for S&P Global. Ms Suyash leads CRISIL's Indian and global businesses, steering its efforts to deliver high quality analytics, opinions and solutions to corporations, investors, financial institutions, policy makers and governments. Ms Suyash has spent 30+ years in the financial services sector.
Prior to joining CRISIL in 2015, she served as the CEO of L&T Investment Management Limited and L&T Capital Markets Limited. From 2003 to 2012, she was the Country Head and MD of Fidelity's Indian mutual fund business, which she helped set up.
Previously, she held several key positions across the corporate, consumer and investment banking divisions during her 15+ years’ stint at Citibank. Over the years, Ms Suyash has been recognised among the top 50 women in business in India and Asia by various publications. Ms Suyash is a chartered accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce. She is a member of the National Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. She is also a member of the Governing Board of National Institute of Securities Markets, established by the SEBI. Ms Suyash has a keen interest in the education sector and is on the Advisory Board of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, is associated with the Board of Studies at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies and Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai, and is also on the Advisory Board of Aseema Charitable Trust, a non-governmental organisation that provides education to underprivileged children.