Puneet Kaur Kohli joins Manappuram Finance as Group CTO, and will now be based at the company’s headquarters in Cochin. One of the country’s leading gold loan non-banking financial companies (NBFC), Manappuram was established in 1949 as a pawn broking and money lending firm. The company was later incorporated in 1992, and has 4148 branches with a workforce of over 22,000, spread across 27 states/UTs with assets under management (AUM) of Rs 13,723 crore.
Kohli will be directly reporting the MD and CEO of Manappuram, V.P. Nandakumar, and is likely to head the next wave of digital transformation at the finance firm. Prior to Kohli, Mohan Vizhakat served as the company’s Group CTO from February 2014 to July 2017.
Leadership roles of Puneet Kaur Kohli
Manappuram Finance is the first NBFC in Kerala that received a Certificate of Registration by the RBI. In 2007, it also became the first Kerala-based NBFC to receive investment from foreign institutional investors (FIIs) when Sequoia Capital invested Rs 700 million along with Hudson Equity Holdings.
An industry veteran with 24 years of experience spanning across industries, Kohli was the CTO of Bajaj Capital since September 2013 before joining Manappuram. She joined the industry in 1994 as an Assistant EDP Analyst at Motorola, and quickly rose ranks across ITC Hotels, Duncans Industries and BSES.
In 2005, she was appointed as the CIO at Carrier Aircon, and has since then served as the head of IT operations and planning at Bharti Airtel, Global CIO at Soma Networks and as the APAC director of IT, infrastructure and service operations of Motricity.
Kohli’s areas of expertise include infrastructure procedure and budgeting, IT strategy, systems architecture, network and system security, disaster recovery planning, risk assessment, regulatory adherence and governance, contingency planning and cost takeout strategies.