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Management Team

 

Howden India is led by an experienced, multidisciplinary team of professionals drawn from the fields of finance, law, insurance, reinsurance, financial services, information technology, engineering, loss prevention and possesses the requisite experience, technical skills and professionalism to provide its customers with robust insurance solutions. The management team of the Company brings over 300 years of combined best practice driven specialist insurance experience and expertise to Howden India.

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Praveen Vashishta

Managing Director India & Regional Chairman - India, Middle East, Turkey & Africa

Praveen Vashishta has worked for the Insurance, Financial Services and Risk Management industry for over 30 years. He is currently the CEO for Middle East & India regions at Howden. Praveen serves on the international Board of the Howden Group in the UK.

A management trainee of the 1983 class of General Insurance Corporation of India, Praveen worked with Oriental Insurance Company in India for 13 years. Thereafter he joined the Zurich Financial Services (ZFS) group, Switzerland where he worked for 7 years before joining Howden Group in late 2003. At Zurich he held various positions including that of the Managing Director of Zurich Risk Management Services India Private Limited, Chief Representative for India and Member of Zurich’s Corporate Customer Practice Board for Asia-Pacific. He served on the Board of Zurich Trustee Company (India) Private Limited, a company responsible for overseeing the operations of the Zurich India Mutual Fund.

Praveen is a member of the managing committee of the Bombay Chambers of Commerce & Industry, the oldest industry chamber in India and is the Chairman of the “Insurance & Healthcare” committee of Bombay Chambers. He is an alumnus of the University of Delhi and the Wharton Business School, USA.

Anil Varma

Director & President

A Chartered Accountant by qualification, Anil Varma, has over 30 years of experience both as an Insurer and Broker. He started his career as a Direct Recruit (management trainee) officer with the Oriental Insurance Company Limited in 1985 He served in various capacities at Oriental Insurance for 16 years. Thereafter he worked with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company limited for 5 years. He has been an Insurance broker for 9 years and joined Howden in 2012.

In his career as an Insurance professional he has dealt with many large property and construction risks for mega clients like ABB Ltd, Siemens Ltd, Konaseema Oakwell Power Company Limited, Gujarat Industries Power Company Limited, Ispat Industries Limited, Cipla Limited, Gujarat Chemical Port Terminal Limited, Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Limited, Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure Limited, New Delhi Power Limited. He has also handled large claims on Infrastructure and Property. He has a vast experience in designing Mega Insurance programs and  Reinsurance placement of Mega policies including Terrorism.

Mahesh Chainani

Associate President
 

Mahesh has over 27 years experience in the Insurance and marketing industry. He has been with Howden India for over 10 years and currently heads the Reinsurance Vertical at Howden India which is involved in Facultative & Treaty Reinsurance placements for most of the Indian Insurance companies as well as for GIC Re, the National Reinsurer of India.

Prior to this, Mahesh has also headed the Liability Vertical of Howden India. In his roles, Mahesh has been involved in looking after the Liability Insurance portfolio of some of India’s large corporate entities such as Infosys Ltd., TCS, Tata Sons, Mindtree, Infotech Enterprises etc.

Prior to joining Howden Insurance Brokers, Mahesh worked as a Director in Mavich Insurance Services, a Reinsurance Broking Company. Mahesh is an MBA in Marketing from USA.

Sanjeev Chandra

Sr VP & Head - North Zone
 

Sanjeev has over 29 years of experience in insurance as well as non-insurance industry. He currently heads the business operations for the North Zone of howden India and is based out of New Delhi. He has worked in USA, Malaysia, UK & India. Before joining Howden India, he was working as a Director at MC Stitch Ltd, Delhi. Prior to MC Stitch, Sanjeev was the Chief Financial Officer of Magnum Group of Companies & CFO Europe, The Franklin Mint Ltd, London After his B.Com (Honours) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi, Sanjeev completed his MBA from George Washington University in July 1985. Sanjeev has had the opportunity to work with Polyplex Ltd, ABC Paper Ltd. Punjab state Electricity Board, Ester Ltd., JCT Ltd. and Jamna Auto Ltd.

 

Anil Varma
Director & President

Mahesh Chainani
Associate President

 Praveen Vashishta
Managing Director India & Regional Chairman - India, Middle East, Turkey & Africa

Vinod V.K.
Sr Vice President, National Head : Employee Benefits

Debashish Mukherjee
Sr. Vice President, Corporate Business

Niraj Kumar
Technical Advisor