Mr. O. P. Bhatt
Ex. Chairman & Managing Director
State Bank of India
Mr. O.P. Bhatt is currently an independent Non-Executive Director of Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and Tata Consultancy Services as well as serving as an Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered PLC since January 2013. He is also a Governor on the Board of the Center for Creative Leadership, a US non-profit leadership development organization.
Until March 2011, Mr. Bhatt was Chairman of the State Bank Group, which includes the State Bank of India (“SBI”), India’s largest commercial bank. In a career spanning 38 years with SBI, Mr. Bhatt held a number of roles beginning with the Lead Bank Department, which ushered in financial inclusion, leading the project team that pioneered SBI’s technology initiative in the 1990s, assignments at SBI’s London and Washington offices, general management roles between 2004-2006, and Managing Director of SBI in 2006, culminating in his appointment as Chairman in the same year. Mr. Bhatt has also served as Chairman of the Indian Banks’ Association. Mr. Bhatt led SBI through challenging times by capitalising on the bank’s strengths. Under his leadership, SBI rose on the Global List rankings of Fortune 500.
Mr. Bhatt is the recipient of numerous awards for his outstanding leadership including the 'CNN-IBN Indian of the Year for Business' in 2007, the Best Executive of the Year 2008 by Asia Money, the 'Best Banker of the Year 2008' by the Financial Express and the NDTV award for 'Inspiring Business Leader in a Crisis' in 2009. He has also been honored with the 'JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award for the year 2009'