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Axis Bank extends Shikha Sharma's term by three years

Her current term comes to an end in June 2018

Abhijit Lele  |  Mumbai 

Shikha Sharma as CEO of Axis Bank
Axis Bank Chief Executive Officer Shikha Sharma (Photo: Kamlesh Pednekar)

has been re-appointed as MD&CEO of for three-year term from June 2018, putting to rest rumours about her being sounded out to head Tata's financial services vertical.

informed Bombay Stock Exchange that board of directors has approved the re-appointment.

The board held its meeting on 26th July, 2017. The appointment is subject to compliance with the prescribed formalities and receipt of requisite regulatory/ statutory approvals, the private lender said.

Axis  had appointed an executive search firm to carry work on zeroing in on CEO to head the bank after her current term was to end in June 2018. 

Earlier in the day Sharma told media:  “The appointment of a search firm was in the interest of best governance, given that I would have done nine years with the bank in June 2018. It does not preclude anything about whether I will do another term or not.”

"You should wait to hear that announcement from the board at the appropriate time," Sharma said at the press conference to announce the acquisition of FreeCharge, digital payments platform.

She joined Axis from ICICI Prudential Life where she was the managing director and chief executive and replaced the first chairman and chief executive of the bank P J Nayak.

Sharma began her career with the erstwhile infra lender ICICI Ltd in 1980 and played a key role in setting up the group's investment banking business. 

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