OUR TEAM

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Aniruddha Deshpande

Founding Partner / Singapore

Aniruddha has over 25 years of experience across Asia in Banking, Payments and Financial Services having worked during this time at Citibank and American Express.

He spent the last decade in frontline Country and Regional Leadership roles of increasing responsibility, managing businesses  and functions across Asia. Aniruddha brings deep experience and has demonstrated successes in P&L Management, Business Strategy, Marketing and Premium Servicing. He is an award winning marketer with multiple recognitions.

He co-founded a Marketing Strategy and Advisory firm 5 years ago and has worked on several Loyalty, Customer experience and Product Line Strategy engagements with leading banking and payments, aviation, telecom and  automotive businesses across Asia.

Aniruddha is on the board of directors of an analytics firm and brings strong knowledge and relationships in the domains  of loyalty, analytics and decision sciences. He also serves on Advisory Boards of other firms in the analytics and financial services domains.

His proven leadership in banking and financial services, marketing and the management of large and geographically

dispersed teams gives him a unique insight into talent acquisition in specialized areas.

Aniruddha has an MBA from the XLRI School of Management with majors in Marketing & Finance, in India.

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Vijay Bajaj

Founding Partner - Singapore

Vijay has a successful record of over 15 years of HR experience in Asian markets, built on a strong foundation of HR experience in a  variety of roles in banking and financial services.

Vijay headed the Singapore business for an international Search firm, responsible for P&L Management, business development,  Client Engagement and mandate delivery of positions in Asia for all key sectors.

He has deep knowledge of talent availability in Corporate Banking, Consumer and Private Banking, and Insurance Industry along  with Staff Group Functions in Asia; and in non-financial sectors such as Natural Resources (Mining), Oil & Gas and Power & Infrastructure and FMCG. He has successfully delivered mandates for C-Suite roles and other Regional Leadership positions across  the Asia.

Vijay worked for over a decade in various roles in American Express. His responsibilities included consulting senior business leaders  on organizational effectiveness strategies, talent & succession planning processes and supporting implementation of key HR initiatives. Later, Vijay worked in HSBC, Singapore as the Vice President for Corporate, Investment & Commercial Banking and  Global Transaction Banking & Global Markets.

Vijay has the intrinsic ability to build strong collaborative relationships and proven competence in working with business leaders to  deliver value-added outcomes. Having worked in MNCs in complex matrix-managed environments, he brings with him the astute skills in HR with an eye for Talent and an ability to provide business transformation expertise.

Vijay has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, in India.

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Vineet K Vohra, CFA

Associate Partner - Singapore

Vineet, is a senior Financial Services professional, with over 25 years across Asset & Wealth Management, Retail & Private Banking, and Life & Pensions Insurance, Strategy & Execution Consulting, and Talent Advisory & Search.

He has an extensive industry track-record in driving sustainable business growth, spearheading strategic transformation, and establishing effective business governance regimes, at country, region and global levels, in both line and matrix settings, with Citibank, HSBC, ANZ and ING, and at board positions in local entities. His contributions include several industry-leading accomplishments, such as consolidated Pvt Client and Pvt Banking platforms, Quant and Traditional asset management, Needs-based Wealth Solutions.

Vineet brings deep and proven expertise of the Asset & Wealth Management business, with extensive industry relationships across the leadership and management spectrum across the region. This places him in a unique position to provide targeted and bespoke talent solutions, for the Financial Services industry, in general, and Asset & Wealth Management verticals, in particular.

He is currently engaged in providing management consulting, professional development and talent acquisition services, to the Financial Services industry across Asia, and is based in Singapore.

Vineet, is a CFA charter holder, with an MBA and degree in Engineering. A Singapore national, he is a member of CFA Institute USA, and CFA Society Singapore, and a regular speaker and contributor to industry advocacy and development efforts.

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Kevin Alcott

Associate Partner

Kevin has extensive experience throughout Asia having worked for American Express for 26 years and living in Sydney, Australia;  Tokyo, Japan; Hong Kong; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and has spent the last 12 years in Singapore.

Throughout his career he held roles that covered the Japan /Asia Pacific / Australia region and developed a uniqueunderstanding

of operating in multiple markets throughout Asia and globally.

He has held leadership positions in Sales, Operations, Business Strategy and Finance and has a deep understanding of payments  across all consumer industries, including Airlines, Lodging, Retail, Dining, Healthcare and Telecoms. He has launched several on-  line and digital capabilities, while at the same time developed expertise in the needs of small and mediumenterprises.

Kevin has navigated matrix organisations to drive significant regional initiatives and change throughout the organisation in his  multiple roles. His focus on Customer needs and naturally collaborative style support the delivery of outcome based solutions that  support organisational growth and business profits.

Kevin has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration / Accounting from Northeastern University in Boston

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Subbu

Associate Partner

Subramani (Subbu) Somasundaram is an industry veteran, a start-up specialist and a business leader with over 25 years of experience in Banking, Insurance and Financial Services across Asia Pacific, Africa and Middle East markets having worked with some of the leading global financial institutions. He has a proven track record of building and growing profitable and sustainable high growth businesses from start-up stage at regional, country and global level.

Subbu uses his creative leadership style to help foster product and process innovations in businesses, and his domain knowledge and subject matter expertise to lead multi-cultural teams to deliver strategic corporate objectives, enhance customer experience and drive franchise growth. He has led big and complex cross-functional business teams across multiple geographies through large scale organisational changes and asset-restructuring mandates, successfully.

Subbu is also engaged directly with a few other start-ups and early-stage companies in US and Asia as an Executive Director and Board member helping them to successfully launch and grow new businesses and customer franchises.

Subbu is an MBA from Manchester Business School, UK. He also holds a degree in Computer Science Engineering from University of Madras.