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M. Suresh Member- Group Management Council (GMC)

Suresh is a Member of the Group Management Council of Wadhawan Global Capital.

A decisive & astute business leader, Suresh steers strategic change across WGC’s financial services businesses. He brings over three decades of corporate experience spanning strategy, marketing, sales & distribution in challenging leadership roles. Suresh’s signature strength is transformation & change leadership to create value for stakeholders.

By converting customer excellence into business performance, he has driven distribution & brand transformation at organizations to achieve enhanced reach and greater consumer relevance. Through this career, he has turned around large-scale businesses to attain financial prowess.

Following an early stint in B2B businesses, Suresh joined ITC, one of India’s largest FMCG companies. Here, he spent 17 years managing sales & distribution across India’s most remote geographies. He then moved to brand and strategy management. His stint at ITC, culminated in heading the company’s largest business zone.

With the liberalization of the insurance industry, Suresh moved to head the sales and marketing function of HDFC Life. His incisive understanding of consumers and insurance purchasing motivators, led to the creation of the iconic brand positioning theme – ‘Sar Uthake Jiyo’ (Live with Pride). The campaign propelled HDFC Life to the top five life insurance companies in India.

Later in 2008, Suresh moved to Tata AIA Life as MD and CEO - when the insurance industry was tested in the wake of the global recession. Under his leadership, the company witnessed landmark growth, and tripled its assets under management. His transformational leadership with a focus on change management across product, distribution and customer service, saw Tata AIA Life move to consistent profitability.

He currently serves as:

  • Director, Financial Planning Standards Board (FPSB) India.
  • Member of the Board of Directors, DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance.
  • Member of the Board of Directors, DHFL Pramerica Asset Management Company.
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Avanse Financial Services.


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