Polaris Announces New Organisation Design to Enhance Value

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, May 02, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) 
Five CEOs empowered to take the company to the next level of growth 
Polaris Financial Technology Ltd, a leader in products, solutions and services
that enable unprecedented operational productivity for the global Financial
Services industry today announced its new organisation design that signals
empowerment, agility and the potential to unlock enterprise value, while
transitioning to an industry imperative of outcome-based solutions.  
In January 2013, based on leadership deliberations and recommendations from
Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the Board of Directors of the company authorised
the management team to explore options that would provide an impetus for the
next stage of its growth and maximise shareholder value. A Task Force was set up
with senior leaders in the company, led by Jaideep Billa and comprising
Natarajan Narayanasamy (Nat), Anil Verma, and Rajesh Saxena. The Board
prescribed a 90 day mandate for a presentation of recommendations. 
Further to the recent Task Force review with the Polaris Board, the company is
restructuring its businesses into separate Services and Products divisions. Both
divisions will have independent management teams and strategies aligned to their
respective customers' needs. The company is appointing five CEOs for each
distinct line of business across Services and Products for greater customer
focus and agility. Polaris veteran Govind Singhal will guide the enterprise-wide
change process from the Office of the Chairman. 
Arun Jain, Chairman & CEO, Polaris Financial Technology Limited said, “In the
journey of an enterprise, reaching a stage where we have five capable, fully
empowered CEOs, and a networked structure to support our growth plans,
represents a tremendous opportunity to drive value for our customers, while
unlocking enterprise value for Polaris. Our new organisation design strengthens
our ability to serve our clients by being more customer-centric and agile in
responding to their needs. With the market ripe for next level of value
creation, we offer a huge differentiator with our ability to design solutions to
deliver unprecedented productivity gains for our customers.” 
The expanded leadership team tasked with stewarding the next chapter of Polaris'
Jitin Goyal, CEO, Services: 
Jitin has over 18 years of Industry experience including 10 years with Infosys,
and prior to that with Citibank in Foreign Exchange, Derivatives Trading, Risk
and Operations. At Infosys, he had stints in the US, UK and Continental Europe.
He has served as the Head of Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa and then
as Head of Financial Services for Europe. Jitin has a degree in Engineering and
an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. 
Jitin will be supported in his new role by Kedarnath Udiyavar, Chief Solutions
Officer, and Rama Sivaraman, Chief Delivery Assurance Officer. 
Manish Maakan, CEO, Global Transaction Banking: 
Manish has a career record spanning over 20 years, as a Business Leader and
Technology Strategist in global financial institutions, big 5 Consulting firms
and Fortune 500 Majors, including a successful CIO stint with GE Money, India.
He has been a recipient of several prestigious awards during his career. Manish
has a degree in Electronics Engineering from Walchand Institute of Technology.  
Jaideep Billa and Venkatesh Srinivasan, Joint CEOs, Core Banking & Treasury and
Capital Markets: 
Jaideep Billa has over 25 years of experience in the Financial Technology
business. His previous stints include NCR, where he headed their Professional
Services business in India, TCS, where he had an interesting role in the
Products group and prior to that with A F Ferguson in their Consulting Division.
Jaideep has a B Tech degree from IIT Kanpur and an MBA from IIM Calcutta. 
Venkatesh Srinivasan has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, with 15
years spent in Banking Technology, spanning TCS, Citigroup and Polaris,
including a stint as the Head of Technology for Citigroup, India, Corporate
Banking. Venkatesh is a veteran in the Risk, Treasury and Capital Market
verticals. Besides being a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, he
is also a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).  
Pranav Pasricha, CEO, Insurance Products: 
Pranav has a background in Corporate Strategy, Business Transformation and IT.
Prior to joining Polaris, Pranav was responsible for Strategy, Technology and
Operations for QBE, Australia's largest Insurance and Re-Insurance group and
amongst the top 20 globally. Prior to QBE Australia, Pranav worked with
consulting firms Booz Allen Hamilton and AT Kearney. Pranav has a degree in
Engineering and an MBA.  
The rest of the existing Leadership Roles at the Corporate and Geographies
remain unchanged to realize the benefits of a networked organisation with
reporting relationships being defined to facilitate effective operations. 
The recommendations of the Task Force included: 
-- Front-to-back integration of client-facing and delivery organisation, led by
a Chief Client Officer for each strategic account 
-- The Services division to have the ability to partner with any third-party
solution provider and not be limited only to Polaris' product suite 
-- Bring the business leadership closer to market 
-- Focused R&D investments in each product line and increased Solution
Architects footprint in markets 
-- Enable clients to leverage the power of the Intellect suite of products
through a network of third-party system integrators 
-- Provide dedicated client research facilities at FT 8012, Polaris' unique
Financial Technology Design Center for the acceleration of modernisation
About Polaris Financial Technology Ltd 
Polaris Financial Technology Limited is a global leader in Financial Technology
for Banking, Insurance and other Financial Services. With over 25 years of
expertise in building a comprehensive portfolio of products, smart legacy
modernization services and consulting, Polaris owns the largest set of
Intellectual Properties for a comprehensive product suite, Intellect® Global
Universal Banking (GUB) M180. Intellect® is the world's first pure play Service
Oriented Architecture (SOA) based application suite for Retail, Corporate,
Investment banking and Insurance. Its acclaimed products, solutions and services
enable unprecedented operational productivity for the global Financial Services
Industry by Building, Maintaining, Expanding and Extending highly complex and
Integrated Financial Technology Infrastructure.  
This makes Polaris the chosen partner for 9 of the top 10 global banks and 7 of
the top 10 global insurance companies. The company has a global presence through
its 40 relationship offices across 30 countries, 6 international development
centers and 8 fully owned Business Solution centers. Polaris has a talent
strength of over 13,000 solution architects, domain and technology experts. For
more information, please visit http://www.polarisFT.com/ 
Media contact details 
Nachu Nagappan, Media Relations,
Polaris Financial Technology Ltd.,
+91 8939619676,
G. Sunanthy Devi, Investor Relations,
Polaris Financial Technology Ltd.,
+91 8939933564,
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