Mr. Aditya Puri, Managing Director of HDFC Bank Limited has been nominated an “Asian Captain of Finance” in a poll among analysts conducted by the Institutional Investor Magazine. There are two Indians on the list and Mr. Puri is the only Indian banker. Reliance Capital’s CEO Sam Ghosh is the other Indian. Mr. Puri was among the 7 business leaders who analysts rated highest.
Along with Mr. Puri, three other bankers from Asia voted as Asian Captains of Finance are Ma Weihua of the China Merchants Bank Co. (Greater China), Ra Eung Chang of Shinhan Financial Group (South Korea) and Agus Martawardajo of Bank Mandiri (Southeast Asia).
The first-of-its-kind poll conducted by the magazine asked buy and sell side analysts across Asia to identify the best financial executives in 5 sectors that include Banks, Brokers, Asset Managers & Exchanges, Insurance – Life and NonLife, and REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts).
“There have been stunning changes in the fortunes of the financial industry in recent years. Increasingly Asian firms are innovators and leaders in their own right, not merely adopters of Western Practices and Products,” the magazine said.