Gaurang Gandhi, Founder and Managing Director of the PINC Group of companies, has been responsible for PINC’s evolution from a lease syndication business at the time of its inception to an integrated, financial services organization. He became a member of the Bombay Stock Exchange under the professional category in 1987. This membership was corporatized in 1997 under the name of Pioneer Intermediaries Private Limited. When the insurance industry was deregulated, PINC Group was among the first entities to be granted a composite broking license for the business.
With over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, Gaurang has advised companies across infrastructure, pharmaceutical, realty, consumer durables, engineering industries and financial services.
Prior to founding the PINC Group of companies, Gaurang worked with ICICI Limited in the area of Project Finance where he actively leveraged the then nascent concept of lease syndication. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Infinity.com Financial Securities Limited, a member of National Stock Exchange in the Equity and WDM segment.
Gaurang is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics.
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Sushant Kumar, Director and Chief Executive Officer at PINC since 2011, has about three decades of experience in the financial services industry. His expertise spans the entire spectrum of financial markets including corporate banking, SME financing, institutional sales, loan syndication and capital markets advisory. He is responsible for driving the overall growth and profitability of the group; along with, he carries the leadership mandate of transforming PINC into one of most admired financial services firms.
Sushant brings an unmatched ability of building scalable and sustainable businesses across the financial sector. He has successfully created, managed and transformed businesses, having led the strategy, people and operational aspects proficiently. A dynamic leader and passionate team builder with deep industry relations, Sushant is known for his uncompromising work ethics and adherence to the highest standards of corporate governance. He has built a network among regulators, policy makers and government functionaries having interacted with them closely on several occasions.
Sushant is a Member of the Board of Directors of Global Gene Corp (GGC), Singapore. GGC is a unique R&D genomics data and service provider that has been recently showcased by MIT Technology Review in a cover story “Taking Genomics Data Global” as the disruptive genomics venture and by Cambridge Network as "The Next Big Thing". He brings his C-suite expertise to help the company scale-up, identify & execute strategic business opportunities and mentors the leadership.
Before joining PINC, Sushant worked with ICICI Bank for 18 years in various leadership roles. In his last assignment as a banker, he served as General Manager and Country Head –Financial Institution Group, Syndications and Government Banking for ICICI Bank. He was instrumental is setting up the SME business for ICICI Bank. He also started the loan syndications and securitisation practice at ICICI Bank and led its evolution as a formidable player in the segment.
Sushant holds a Master of Economics degree from Guwahati University and has completed a Global Executive Leadership Program from University of Michigan. He is a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers.
Chief Financial Officer and Head - Compliance
Rakesh Bhatia is the Group Chief Financial Officer and Head of Compliance at the PINC Group. Rakesh is responsible for overseeing group financial management including Investment Banking, Securities trading and Insurance. He is also responsible for liaising with all the regulators concerned with all activities of the group including SEBI, IRDA, stock and commodities exchanges and RBI.
He has extensively worked in all areas of financial services with special emphasis on compliance & MIS.
He joined the PINC Group in the year 1993. Prior to this appointment, he was with Empire Finance Company Limited (now Fortis Finance) where he spent 12 years, lastly in the role of General Manager – Finance. In this role, he was responsible for resource mobilization, dealing with banks and financial institutions and launching of new financial products. He was also instrumental in the successful public issue of the company.
Rakesh started his career with AF Fergusson & Company, Chartered Accountants.
Currently, apart from serving as the Group CFO, he is on the board of all the Group Companies.
Rakesh is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a Rank holder, and Company Secretary from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
Hemang Gandhi is an Executive Director and founding member of PINC - a leading mid-market investment bank that is based out of Mumbai. He has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, with a focus on investment banking. Over this period, he has developed a strong network of relationships with Indian corporate and private equity firms, and has worked on several transactions across M&A advisory, private equity and structured finance.
Hemang has also worked extensively with clients across the engineering, logistics, travel and tourism, food processing and media & entertainment industries, where he has ideated and executed M&A and private equity placement transactions. He has also been responsible by arranging venture capital funds by way of equity subscriptions for the start of ventures in software and technology.
Hemang is an avid golfer, who also enjoys reading, traveling, watching movies and cricket.
Ketan Gandhi is a Director and a founding member of the PINC Group of Companies. He joined the Group in 1987.
Ketan started his career in 1979 with Harjivandas Nemidas & Sons, a Stock Broking firm, where he worked for 8 years.
Ketan was instrumental in setting up the Fixed Income Trading desks for trading Government Securities, Corporate Bonds, Interest Rate Swaps / Futures and Equity.
Under Ketan’s dynamic leadership PINC participated actively in Arranging and Underwriting PSU / Banking / Private Sector Bonds and SDL, making it a formidable player in this segment.
He has also helped set up Compliance and Risk functions, which evaluates and undertakes risk across assets to generate revenue.
Ketan possesses about two decades of comprehensive equity market experience with key strengths being Stock picking and developing corporate relationships and was instrumental in setting up PINC Research.
Besides serving on the board of the PINC Group of Companies, he serves on the board of Infinity.Com Financial Securities Ltd.
Ketan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from HR College of Commerce, Mumbai.
Ketan is an avid cricketer, an amateur golfer, who also enjoys reading, traveling and watching movies.
Kasi Viswanathan is a Director of the PINC Group.
He has more than 16 years of experience in handling private capital operations both in domestic and global markets.
In his previous role, Kasi spent 8 years with ICICI Bank at a senior management level in the business of corporate finance, leasing and higher purchase. He was instrumental in establishing the Retail Asset business for ICICI Bank in India.
Kasi holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Loyola College and a Post-graduate degree in Management from the School of Management, Pondicherry.
Jeevan Adya is a Director of the PINC Group.
He has over 34 years of experience in marketing and business development.
Before joining PINC, Jeevan worked with NOCIL, Repro India Ltd. and Bharat Thakur Artistic Yoga in various capacities.
Jeevan holds an MBA from the Institute of Management Development and Research, Pune.