Chief Executive Officer, KKR India Advisors Pvt. Ltd.
Sanjay Nayar (Mumbai) joined KKR in 2009. Previously, he spent 24 years at Citigroup, most recently as CEO of Citi’s Indian and South Asian operations and as a member of Citigroup’s Asia Executive Operating Committee and Global Senior Leadership Committee. Citi India was one of the leading international franchises of Citi encompassing Consumer, Corporate, and Investment Banking.
Founded in 1976 and led by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, KKR is a leading global alternative asset manager with ~$52.2 billion in assets under management. With over 600 people and 14 offices around the world, KKR manages assets through a variety of investment funds and accounts covering multiple asset classes such as equity, debt, mezzanine and infrastructure related products. KKR seeks to create value by bringing operational expertise to its portfolio companies and through active oversight and monitoring of its investments. Some of the marquee companies we own across the world include Toys”R”US, Dollar General (largest discount retailer in the US), HCA (largest hospital chain), Alliance Boots (UK’s largest pharmacy chain), etc. KKR is publicly traded through KKR & Co. (Guernsey) L.P. (Euronext Amsterdam: KKR) and has applied for listing on the NYSE.
KKR has invested more than over $1.1 billion in India since 2006, which includes investments in Aricent, a global innovation, technology and services company; Bharti Infratel, a telecom infrastructure provider; Coffee Day Resorts, operator of the Café Coffee Day chain of cafes; Dalmia Cement, one of the leading cement manufacturers in India, Avantha, a power company, and recently MAGMA Financial Services.
Mr. Nayar was the Deputy Chairman of the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), Chairman of the Foreign Banks’ Committee of the IBA, a member of the Board of USIBC, Co-Chairman of the Habitat for Humanity India Builds campaign. He has also participated in various financial sector reform committees set up by the Indian government and domestic regulators – Infrastructure Committee in 2008, and the Committee by Reserve Bank of India to build a “Centre for Advanced Financial Learning” (CAFL).
Currently, he is on the board of some NGOs such as Habitat for Humanity, Pratham and Grameen Capital. He also serves on the boards of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and the Indian School of Business (ISB).