Shikha Sharma, managing director and chief executive officer of Axis Bank Ltd., attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) India Economic Summit in New Delhi, India. (Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg)

Axis Bank’s Shikha Sharma Retires

Axis Bank Ltd. on Monday said its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Shikha Sharma has retired, effective immediately.

“We wish to inform you that Shikha Sharma, Managing Director and CEO of Axis Bank Ltd., has retired from the services of the bank and has accordingly ceased to be the Managing Director and CEO of the bank, with effect from close of business hours on 31st December 2018,” it said in a regulatory filing.

Amitabh Chaudhry will be the new managing director and CEO of the bank with effect from Jan. 1, it said further.

Chaudhry, the former MD and CEO of HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company, was in September named the new head at Axis Bank for three years. Earlier on Dec. 8, Axis Bank had inducted Chaudhry as additional director on its board, three weeks ahead of his taking over.

Chaudhry, 54, started his career in corporate banking with the Bank of America in 1987, where he worked in diverse roles. He holds a BTech (Electronic & Electricals) from the Birla Institute of and Science, Pilani and is an alumnus of the lndian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

In July 2017, the board of Axis Bank had approved the reappointment of Sharma, who was to start her fourth term as MD and CEO from June 2018. However, in April this year, Sharma wanted her new term to be reduced to seven months from a three-year tenure without citing any reasons, which was accepted by the board.

It was learnt that the Reserve Bank of India had asked Axis Bank’s board to reconsider the decision to reappoint Sharma amid concerns over rising bad loans on the bank's books. She had completed her third term as the bank’s head on May 31.

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