Mr. John Berisford is President of S&P Global Ratings. He has ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the business, including commercial, analytical, control, and operations functions.
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 S&P Global. In this role, he was instrumental in creating and executing on 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 S&P’s focused Business Unit operating model while strengthening the HR function with new capabilities to support the Company’s growth and performance goals. Mr. Berisford also drove the succession process that enabled a seamless CEOtransition 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 labor and industrial relations from West Virginia University.
Mr. M. Damodaran was a member of the Indian Administrative Service, since 1971, and had held a number of important positions in both the Central and State Governments and in India’s financial sector, before demitting office as Chairman, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in February, 2008. Prior thereto, he was Chairman Unit Trust of India and Industrial Development Bank of India and led the successful restructuring efforts of both these institutions. His earlier assignments include Joint Secretary (Banking) Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India and Chief Secretary, Govt. of Tripura.
During his tenure at SEBI, he was elected Chairman of 80-member Emerging Markets Committee of the International Organsation of Securities Commissions. As SEBI Chairman, Mr. Damodaran brought several improved practices to India’s securities market.
He is presently Advisor in India for the ING Bank of Netherlands 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. He is the Chairman of Glocal Healthcare Systems, a pioneering pan-India effort to provide quality healthcare at affordable cost to Indians in the underserved rural areas.
He was the Chairman of the Government of India constituted Task Force for setting up the Resolution Corporation of India.He was the Chairman of Ministry of Corporate Affairs Committee for Reforming the Regulatory Environment for doing Business in India. He is the founder Chairman of the Society and Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Tiruchirappalli.
Ms. Vinita Bali is a global business leader with extensive experience in leading large companies both in India and overseas. She has worked with eminent multinationals like The Coca- Cola Company and Cadbury Schweppes PLC in a variety of Marketing, General Management and Chief Executive roles in the UK, Nigeria, South Africa, Latin America and the USA, in addition to Britannia Industries Ltd., in India.
Effective April 2014, Ms. Bali moved from a full time operational role as MD & 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 GAIN (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 ofTitan Industries Ltd and Syngene International Limited; is a Member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore; and an Advisory Board Member of PwC. She brings a global and pragmatic perspective to strategy and operations, having lived and worked in 6 countries and 5 continents, with responsibility for global roles, in addition to regional ones.
Ms. Bali is among 27 global leaders appointed by the UN in 2012 to help improve maternal and child health as part of its SUN (Scaling up Nutrition) initiative and completed her term in 2016. She has been recognized in fora nationally and internationally and won several awards for her various contributions to business and society.
Mr. Ewout Steenbergen is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (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 & Corporate Development. He was appointed CFO of S&P Global in 2016. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and CFO of Voya Financial, Inc.
Prior to his role as Voya’s CFO, Mr. Steenbergen was CFO and Chief Risk Officer for ING Asia-Pacific and held a number of management roles for ING Group, including serving as regional general manager in Hong Kong and as a Chief Executive Officer of RVS, an ING Group company based in the Netherlands.
He has also held other international roles such as CEO of ING’s Retail Business in the Czech and Slovak Republics and 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 from Nyenrode University.
He also serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
Mr. Paranjpe is a well-rounded business leader with over 3 decades of experience in the Technology and other industries, also having good exposure in Financial Services technology.
Mr. Paranjpe served as the Co-CEO of Wipro’s IT Business from 2008-2011 and was a member of the Board of Directors of Wipro Ltd. Mr. Paranjpe has had a two decade long tenure at Wipro Limited, where he led Wipro’s IT business and held other senior positions at Wipro, as President - Financial Services Consulting and Marketing, Head - Financial services and CFO – IT business.
More recently, Mr. Paranjpe was Managing Director for Bloom Energy International, a silicon valley based alternative energy company.
He is currently an Operating Partner at Advent International (a Private Equity firm), where he has oversight of the firm’s proposed investments in the IT services sector. He is also the Founding Partner at Exfinity Venture Partners which invests in tech startups.
Mr. Girish 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 Head of Risk Services. She is responsible for monetizing and leveraging S&P Global’s significant risk intellectual property (research, content, models, data, analytics and solutions) crossdivisionally to serve clients in managing complex risk challenges. Ms. Cheung’s responsibilities also include driving S&P Global’s enterprise-wide growth strategy in 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 S&P Global’s growth and performance objectives, positioning the Company for sustainable growth and the continuing expansion of its global footprint. As Chief Strategy Officer, she was also head of S&P Global Ventures, overseeing investments in early stage Fintech startups.
Ms. Cheung joined S&P Global in 2010 as Vice President of Operations and was appointed Managing Director 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 & international locations. She held the distinguished position of being the first-ever woman Chair of State Bank of India, a Fortune 500 company, 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 & bond markets.
Most significant among her work is State Bank of India’s technology agenda to embrace digital and mobile presence. Under her leadership, the bank was adjudged one of India’s top 3 Best Places to work in India by leading Global Job site ‘Indeed’. Other notable initiatives during her Chairmanship include the 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 magazine has ranked her 25th in their list of “Most Powerful Women in the World” and 5th in “The Most Powerful Women in Finance” category in 2016. She has also been featured in the Fortune List of Top 50 globally most powerful women in business and ranked among the top 5 in the Asia-Pacific region. She was included in the top 100 Global Thinkers in 2014 by Foreign Policy Magazine and was one of the two Indians on the list. She has been ranked 26th in the fourth edition of Fortune’s World 50 Greatest Leaders list, becoming the only Indian corporate leader to be featured in the list.
Before taking charge as Chairman, Ms. Bhattacharya had a short stint as MD & CFO of the Bank. She was also MD & CEO of SBI’s investment banking arm, SBI Capital Markets. Earlier as Chief General Manager (New Businesses), Mrs. Bhattacharya was involved in setting up several new companies / initiatives of the Bank including SBI General Insurance, SBI Macquarie Infrastructure Fund and SBI SG Securities Ltd.
Ms. Bhattacharya is a postgraduate degree holder in English. She is also an Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers.
Mr. Singhania is the Managing Partner of Singhania & Partners LLP, Solicitors, and Advocates with more than two decades of experience in the legal profession. He is ranked amongst top 100 legal luminaries of India in researches conducted by Lexis Nexis, Indian Business Law Journal, and Indian Corporate Counsels Association. He has been consistently rated as India’s top Corporate M&A, 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 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 a Bachelors’ degree in Commerce and Law from Shri Ram College of Commerce and Campus Law Centre, Delhi University, respectively. He is admitted to practice 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.
Ashu Suyash is Managing Director 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 Chief Executive Officer of L&T Investment Management Limited and L&T Capital Markets Limited. From 2003 to 2012 she was Country Head and Managing Director 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 in 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 Securities and Exchanges Board of India. 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 NMIMS, NM College and is also on the Advisory Board of Aseema Charitable Trust - an NGO that provides education to underprivileged children.