Rakesh Sharma, a former MD and CEO of Canara Bank, was among the few bankers hired in 2015 from the private sector to lead big state-run banks. (Mint)
Rakesh Sharma, a former MD and CEO of Canara Bank, was among the few bankers hired in 2015 from the private sector to lead big state-run banks. (Mint)

IDBI Bank plans to extend CEO Rakesh Sharma’s term by three years

  • Rakesh Sharma was appointed IDBI Bank CEO for six months in October 2018 to ensure a smooth transfer of majority ownership from the government to LIC
  • IDBI Bank and LIC, meanwhile, through collective their network, have started leveraging their mutual business synergies

Mumbai: IDBI Bank Ltd plans to extend the term of Rakesh Sharma, its managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO), by three years. Sharma’s six-month term is slated to end in April. Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) recently acquired a majority stake in IDBI Bank.

In a statement on Sunday, the bank said it is “professionalising and broad-basing its board". It said it has inducted on the board, two “new eminent professional independent directors" and added that the new board will chart out a fresh growth strategy and also revamp the corporate governance structure.

As part of the process, the statement said, IDBI Bank has started reviewing all its policies including credit, investment and internal processes, as well as risk management practices with the help of consultants.

“Furthermore, the bank has also started revamping its Performance Measurement System (PMS)—IDBI Performance Assessment and Continuous Evaluation (i-PACE)—to make it more objective and system-driven," the bank said.

In October, the government appointed Sharma to head IDBI Bank. His current six-month tenure was to ensure a smooth transfer of majority ownership from the government to LIC.

Sharma, a former MD and CEO of Canara Bank, was among the few bankers hired in 2015 from the private sector to lead big state-run banks. At IDBI Bank, he took over from B. Sriram, former MD of State Bank of India, whose three-month term ended in September.

According to the bank’s statement, IDBI Bank and LIC, through their collective network of branches, offices and workforce, have started leveraging their mutual business synergies. “The major areas of synergy identified for the immediate short term are pertaining to selling of LIC policies through IDBI bank branches, management of cash and other premium receipts of LIC through the bank’s branches," it said.

The bank and LIC have formed a joint task force, chaired by the senior management of both, to chart out a road map, and a working group has been created to carry forward the initiatives identified for synergy and to effectively implement the decisions taken at the management level.

“The long-term strategy includes common investment strategy, use of other resources like real estate, commercial and residential space, IDBI Bank branches, premises and ATMs, digital marketing, rationalization of the common subsidiaries in mutual funds, and life insurance," said IDBI Bank.

In the December quarter of FY19, IDBI Bank reported a net loss for the ninth straight quarter as the lender continued to set aside higher provisions for its bad loans. Net loss for the quarter stood at 4,185.48 crore against 1,524.31 crore in the same quarter last year. As a percentage of total loans, gross non-performing assets (NPAs) stood at 29.67% as compared to 31.78% in the previous quarter and 24.72% in the same quarter a year earlier.

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