Kamlesh Rao

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance

Kamlesh Rao

Mr. Kamlesh Rao is the MD & CEO at Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance (ABSLI). In his role he is responsible for providing ABSLI with strategic direction and leading the team towards achieving rapid growth and profitability. His expertise focuses on growing the business, developing new business models, building distribution efficiency, value creation through efficient cost and process management, competitive product strategies, scaling up the digital business and strengthening the customer lifetime value proposition.

Kamlesh has a successful track record of entering new markets & businesses and turning them around by placing them on a high growth trajectory.

As an integral part of the Banking & Financial Services industry, his experience has been shaped over a career spanning 25 years. In his previous role as the Managing Director & CEO – Retail at Kotak Securities Limited, Kamlesh was responsible for planning and executing strategic initiatives. He was instrumental in driving the growth and strategy for Secondary Markets, Primary Markets, Margin funding and distribution of Investment products. Prior to joining Kotak Securities Limited, Kamlesh held various roles at Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited over the course of 19 years. His experience spans across the asset and liability portfolios, including retail lending, business loans, unsecured loans, mortgages, SME lending, HNI banking and broking. He joined the bank as a Management Trainee and rapidly rose through the ranks to become the Managing Director & CEO – Retail at Kotak Securities Limited.

In his earlier stint, Kamlesh has been a part of several prestigious committees including the NSE & BSE Advisory Committees and Secondary Market Advisory Committee (SMAC). He holds a degree in Engineering and is a Management graduate.

Kamlesh is a part of the Senior Management Team at Aditya Birla Capital. At ABSLI, he is focused towards taking the company to a leadership position within the private life insurance space.