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 Organisation 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.
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 is 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 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. 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 MD & CEO of Britannia to pursue her wide-ranging interests in the corporate and development sectors. She is a Non-Executive Director on the Global Boards of Smith & Nephew plc, and Bunge Limited. In the recent past, she also served on the Global Boards of Syngenta International AG and GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition), a Swiss Foundation, based in Geneva.
In India, Ms Bali serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Syngene International Limited; is a Member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore; an Advisory Board Member of PwC and Chairs the CII National Committee on Nutrition.
Ms Bali was 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 recognised in forums nationally and internationally and won several awards for her various contributions to business and society.
Ms Bali holds a graduate degree in Economics from the University of Delhi and a Masters in Management from the University of Bombay.
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 of Digital Infrastructure and Kensho. 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 Republics 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 business.
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 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 Ravinder Singhania is the Managing Partner of Singhania & Partners LLP, Solicitors and Advocates.
Mr Singhania 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, 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 charter member of TiE, Delhi Chapter. He has served in board positions in TerraLex Inc., American Bar Association, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Indian Council of Arbitration.
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 has authored two books on legal themes.
Ms Ashu Suyash is the MD and CEO of CRISIL. 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 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.
Mr. Martin Fraenkel is President of S&P Global Platts, a division of S&P Global and a leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets. Based in London, Mr. Fraenkel is a member of the S&P Global Operating Committee.
Prior to becoming President of Platts in September 2016, Mr. Fraenkel was Global Head of Content, responsible for leading Platts’ 450-member global editorial and analytics team, as well as a member of the Platts Executive Committee.
Mr. Fraenkel joined Platts in June 2015 from CME Group, where he was Managing Director and Global Head of Energy. In a diverse 30-year career in the commodities markets, Mr. Fraenkel has held senior roles across both physical and financial markets. These have included managing global sales and trading businesses for top-tier investment banks, such as Credit Agricole (2007-2011) and Dresdner Kleinwort (2005-2007) as Global Head of Commodities and for JP Morgan Chase as Global Head of Energy, Agriculture and Base Metals Trading and Head of Commodities for EMEA (1993-2001). Mr Fraenkel has also provided consulting services to leading exchanges, hedge funds, trade houses and proprietary traders. Among other highlights, Mr. Fraenkel has chaired the London Gold Market, the operator of the global gold price benchmark. Mr. Fraenkel began his career in New York in 1984 as a base metals trader.
Mr. Fraenkel received an MBA from Insead in Fontainebleau, France; a Master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, USA and Bologna, Italy; and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Balliol College, University of Oxford, UK.
Mr. Fraenkel is a member of the Council of Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs.