V. Vaidyanathan

Current position

Managing Director & CEO,IDFC FIRST Bank

Plaksha Donor 


Harvard Business School

Birla Institute of Technology


Founded Capital First Ltd by first acquiring an equity stake in an existing NBFC, changing the business model, and then executing a Management Buyout by securing an equity backing of Rs. 8.10 billion in 2012 from PE Warburg Pincus. He believes that financing India's 50 million MSMEs and India's emerging middle class, with a differentiated model based on new technology platforms, offers a unique opportunity in India. As part of this belief, on acquiring control of the management, he exited legacy businesses of Real estate financing, Foreign Exchange, Broking, Wealth management, Investment management and instead transformed the company into a large retail financing institution with operations in 222 locations across India.

He was earlier the MD and CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co (2009) and an Executive Director on the Board of ICICI Bank (2006). He was also the Chairman of ICICI Home Finance Co. Ltd (2006), and served on the Board of CIBIL- India's first Credit Bureau (2005), and SMERA- SIDBI's Credit Rating Agency(2005). He started his career with Citibank India in 1990 and worked there till 2000 in consumer banking.