• Genesis
  • Vision Statement
  • Board of Directors
  • Senior Management

Genesis

The genesis of Indian Banking is associated to a large extent with Swadeshi Movement, which inspired many Indians to promote Swadeshi Banks in the beginning of the 20th Century. The enterprising founders of Catholic Syrian Bank Ltd also found this period to be a moment of opportunity to promote the establishment of a bank. Thus was born The Catholic Syrian Bank Ltd, Nine decades ago, on 26th November 1920 to be exact at Thrissur,which in later years acquired the unique distinction of being a centre with the highest concentration of banks in the South. The founder directors of the bank were people of eminence known for their foresight, integrity and initiative. The policy they laid down has been consistently upheld by the successive generations who guided the destiny of the institution. The bank commenced business on January 1st, 1921 with an authorised capital of Rs.5 lakhs and a paid up capital of Rs. 45270/-

During the first two decades of its functioning, the Bank concentrated only in Kerala. Banks and credit institutions which proliferated especially in Kerala received a jolt and many of them came to their doom following the crash of the Travancore National Quilon Bank in 1938 followed by Palai Central Bank in1960. During the period many small banks came to the verge of collapse shaking the confidence of the public and what followed was a process of consolidation. The strategy of mergers and amalgamations of small banks with bigger banks brought the number of banks within controllable limits, thereby making the industry's base strong. In 1964-65, The Catholic Syrian Bank Ltd took part in taking over the liabilities and assets of five small/medium sized banks in Kerala. The expansion programme initiated during these years gathered momentum in the subsequent years.

In August 1969, the Bank was included in the Second Schedule to the Reserve Bank of India Act 1934. In 1975, the Bank attained the status of "A" Class Scheduled Bank when its total Deposits crossed Rs.25 crores. The necessity of imparting training to staff looked very important and a modest beginning was therefore, made in setting up a Training College in 1975. In the same year the Bank entered the field of foreign Exchange. At a very early stage, the Bank recognised mechanisation as an effective tool of management and streamlined its accounting procedures by introduction of Data processing system. From November 1975, reconciliation of inter-branch accounts was mechanised by using IBM Data processing machines.

The decade of the seventies saw the evolution of a new culture in Indian Banking. Nationalisation of banks imposed "Social Control" and imparted new ethos to commercial banking . What followed was a massive expansion of bank branches with a distinct thrust on remote rural belts. Special schemes were formulated to cater to the diverse credit needs of small scale industries, road transport operators, agriculturists,and other self employed entrepreneurs.

The Catholic Syrian Bank Ltd did not lag behind in taking up the challenge and more than 75% of its clientele belong to small and economically weaker strata of Society. The Bank has a strong rural base with around 80% of the branches in rural and semi- urban areas.

Investments in money market and capital market instruments are being expanded and steps are being taken to have an in house equity research wing so as to face the challenges of the future. The Bank has also geared up its machinery to increase its market share of corporate finance in the days to come.

The real inner strength of a growing organisation lies in its staff resources. The Bank has been singularly fortunate all these years in creating an environment in which the employees at all levels could play their role.

Their contribution to the growth of this institution has been invaluable. The Bank has a very dynamic team on its Board of Directors who are guiding the destiny of the Bank leading to growth and prosperity.

At present, the bank has a network of over 430 branches and more than 240 ATMs across India. The Bank also plans to open more number of branches in a phased manner.

Vision Statement

"CSB endeavours to be a leading South India Based bank striving to excel in bringing products that satisfy the needs of targeted client segments, backed by excellent service – through our branches and technology driven initiatives in a compliant and regulated manner. For our Employees, we want to create a culture of Pride – driven by performance and productivity that should eventually result in sustainable growth in business and deliver superior returns to our Shareholders."

Board of Directors

Board of directors

Shri. C. VR. Rajendran

Managing Director & CEO

Apartment No.1091, Sobha Topas,9th floor, Tower -1, Sobha City,Puzhakkal, Thrissur -680553.

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Shri. C. VR. Rajendran was appointed as the Managing Director & CEO of the Bank with effect from December 9, 2016. Shri. Rajendran is a seasoned   banker with solid grassroots level Indian banking experience spanning more than three and a half decades. He has   hands-on  cross functional experience in every aspects  of  banking  spread across Branch Operations, NPA / Asset quality  management,   Business process reengineering, Productivity enhancement,   Corporate/Industrial Finance, Merchant Banking,  Treasury Operations, International Banking, Primary Dealership, Collection and Payment Services, and Information Technology. Shri. Rajendran was holding the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Mutual Funds in India prior to joining in the Bank. Prior to this, he has held other key positions like Chairman and Managing Director of Andhra Bank (December 2013-April 2015) and Executive Director at Bank of Maharashtra (March 2012- December 2013. He has also held various positions including that of General Manager in the Corporation Bank (1978- 2012).

Shri.S.Santhanakrishnan

Non Executive Director

No.24, Unnamalai Ammai Street, T.Nagar, Chennai- 600017.

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Shri. Santhanakrishnan has been on the Board of the Bank since 16th of January 2009. He was appointed as Part Time Chairman of the Bank from 17th of August, 2010 till 30th of November, 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science and in law. He has been a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has over 35 years of experience as a practising Chartered Accountant and specialised in Accounting Standards, Corporate Laws and Information Technology. He is a Central Council member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and also member of many other committees of the Institute. He also has industry exposure and experience in banking, insurance and manufacturing sectors.

Shri. T.S.Anantharaman,

Non Executive Director

A-1121, Sobha Topaz, Sobha City, Puzhakkal P.O., Thrissur-680 553

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Mr. Anantharaman has been a Director of our Bank since 2009. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Kerala. He has been a fellow of the Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants for over 40 years, and has previously worked for the United Nations.

Shri Sumeer Bhasin

Independent Director

A-88, Defence Colony, New Delhi - 110 024.

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Mr. Bhasin has been a Director of our Bank since 2009. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce (honours) from the University of Delhi. He has more than 22 years of experience spanning roles in business promotion and development, investment evaluation, investment and merchant banking, mergers and acquisitions and international trading.

Shri. Bobby Jos C.

Independent Director

Chirakkekaran House, Bishop Palace Road, EastFort, Thrissur- 680005.

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Mr. Jos has been a Director of our Bank since 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Calicut and a master’s degree in business administration from the Bharathiar University.

Smt.Radha Unni

Independent Director

'Riverview' 21/6, Fourth Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adayar, Chennai – 600 020

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Mrs. Unni has been a Director of our Bank since 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree in arts (honours) and a master’s degree in arts from the University of Delhi. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the Annamalai University. She has been a certified associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers since 1982. Prior to joining our Bank, she held various positions at the State Bank of India, including a two-year deputation to SBI Capital Markets Limited, and retired as the Chief General Manager of State Bank of India.

Shri.M Madhavan Nambiar

Independent Director

No: 3, Third Street, Navab Habibullah Avenue, Chennai – 600006

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Mr. Nambiar has been associated with our Bank since 2013. He is a fellow of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University. He has taught at Oxford University and Columbia University, and has been an officer of the Indian Administrative Service since 1974.

Mr. Ashish Ahluwalia

Non Executive Director

D 1 / F DDA Flats, Munirka, New Delhi, India  110067

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Mr. Ashish Ahluwalia is a non-executive Director of our Bank and has been on our Board since August 12, 2015. He is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from Delhi University and MBA (Dean’s List) from the Indian School of Business (Hyderabad). Presently he is a Director of AIF Capital India Private Limited. Prior to joining AIF Capital India Private Limited, he was associated with Punj Lloyd and KPMG in India after having completed a Summer Associate Internship Program with Goldman Sachs in UK. He has about 12 years of experience in Private equity, financial services and industry.

Shri. Alok Kochhar

Independent Director

6, Ardmore Park,#13-00 Juniper at Ardmore, Singapore - 259953.

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Shri. Alok Kochhar(DIN:07336899) has been appointed as an Additional Director (Non-Executive) to the Board of Directors of the Bank from 27thof May, 2016. He is having a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad and also is a Chemical Engineer from IIT, Delhi. He has a long career spanning more than three decades, in Bank of America Merrill Lynch, wherein he has developed a deep holistic knowledge of financial environments, regulatory frameworks and market challenges across the region. He has played an integral role in the establishment of several new businesses for that bank. He has been a core member for developing and establishment of internal frame works and processes to drive business excellence, high quality returns, operating efficiencies, prudent risk taking and inclusive growth. He has been a well rounded banker. Presently, he is on the Board of M/s. Capitaloptima Advisory Private Limited.

Shri. Madhavan Karunakaran Menon

Independent Director

Flat No.702, Supreme Pearl, 17th Road, Khar (West), Mumbai - 400 052.

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Shri. M.K. Menon has a varied background having commenced his career in ANZ Grindlays Bank and subsequently worked in Citibank, Emirates Bank and in the Financial Services Division of the Aditya Birla Group.  His areas of interest include Treasury, Corporate Lending, Operations, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Strategic planning. He is presently the Chairman and Managing Director of Thomas Cook (India) Ltd (TCIL) which is the leading integrated travel and travel related financial services company in the country offering a broad spectrum of services that include Foreign Exchange, Corporate Travel, MICE, Leisure Travel, Insurance, Visa & Passport services and E-Business.

Shri. V.G. Venkatachalapathy

(Additional Director - RBI Nominee)

General Manager, Foreign Exchange Department, Reserve Bank of India, PB No 40, Fort Glacis, 16 Rajaji Salai, Chennai- 600 001

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Mr. Venkatachalapathy has been on our Board since 2015. He holds a bachelor’s degree in arts (economics) and a master’s degree in arts from the Madras University. He also holds a master’s degree in science (with a major in financial markets) from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He is a certified associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers, and holds a diploma in bank management from the Indian Institute of Bankers. He has about five years of experience in commercial banking. He is the General Manager, Foreign Exchange Department of the RBI at Chennai.

Shri. Ravinder Bhookya

(Additional Director -RBI Nominee)

General Manager, Department of Payment and Settlement System, Reserve Bank of India, Chennai – Tamilnadu.

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Shri. Ravinder Bhookya, has been appointed as an Additional Director of the Bank by Reserve Bank of India, vide RBI order no.DBR. PSBD. No. 14287/16.05.008/2015-16 dated May 13, 2016 in the place of Shri. K. Neethi Ragavan. The appointment of Directorship shall be taken effective from May 13, 2016 i.e, from the date of the order.

Senior Management

Senior Management

Prem Kumar Thampi

Head - Wholesale Banking
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Mr. Thampi holds a bachelor’s degree in science (honours) and a master’s degree in physics from the Banaras Hindu University, and is a fellow of the Institute of Directors. He has about 29 years of experience in the field of banking. Prior to joining our Bank in 2015, he was associated with ICICI Bank, State Bank of India and Bank M (Tanzania).

P. V. Antony

Chief Financial Officer & Head Risk
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Mr. Antony holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Calicut. He has been admitted as a certified associate of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance, an associate member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and a fellow of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India. He has about 31 years of experience in the field of banking. Prior to joining our Bank in 1983, he was associated with Canara Bank.

Jiz P. Kottukappally

Head - Operations
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Mr. Kottukappally holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Calicut and a post graduate diploma in financial advising. He is also an associate of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. He has been associated with our Bank since 1996, and has about 19 years of experience in the field of banking.

Mohan Menon T

Head - Human Resources
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Mr. Mohan holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Calicut, and is an associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers. He has about 33 years of experience in the field of banking. Prior to joining our Bank in 1981, he was associated with Mohan & Mohan Associates, Chartered Accountants.

Mr. Bharath Mani

Head - Retail Banking
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Mr. Mani holds a post graduate diploma in business management from the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad and a bachelor of arts degree in Economics from the University of Delhi. He has around 22 years of experience in the field of banking and financial services. Prior to joining our Bank in 2014, he was associated with The Royal Bank of Scotland, ABN AMRO and Bank of America, among others.

Sekhar Rao

Head - Strategy & Change Management
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Mr. Rao holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s in business administration from the University of Pune. He has about 11 years of experience in the field of banking. Prior to joining our Bank in 2014, he was associated with ING Vysya Bank, Ratnakar Bank and ICICI Bank.

Ajit Kumar K

Chief Credit Officer
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Mr. Kumar holds a master’s degree in Commerce from the University of Calicut and is an Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers. He has more than three decades of banking experience, which includes his association with Exim Bank and State Bank of India.

Kurian George

Business Head – Kerala
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Mr. George holds a bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Calicut and a diploma in End- User Computing and Executive Skills from the Council of Education and Training, First Computers. He is an associate of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. He has been associated with our Bank since 1981 and has about 34 years of experience in the field of banking.

Mr. Sijo Varghese

Company Secretary
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Mr. Varghese holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Calicut, and a bachelor’s degree in law from the Mahatma Gandhi University. He is an associate of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He has about seven years of experience in the field of banking. Prior to joining our Bank in 2007, he was associated with M/s Kerala Ayurveda Limited.