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Samir Bhatia
Samir Bhatia

Samir Bhatia

Founder & CEO

SME Corner

Done Differently:
I would say i would do nothing different really. There are many paths in life and all are correct. Its not really the path that you take that makes the difference, it is what you do on that path that matters.
Professional Strengths:
Good leadership, strong eye for numbers, willingness to do any task and humility are my strongest attributes.
The Journey So Far:
I started my career at Citibank where I worked across many divisions. I started with the Financial Control Unit and moved on to Credit Risk and Corporate Banking. I left Citibank to join a team of enterprising executives and lay the foundation stone for HDFC Bank. I spent over 13 years at HDFC Bank and was heading the Corporate Banking Division of the bank, which was the largest division at that time. I joined Barclays there after to set up their Commercial and Retail Banking business. After over 24 years in Banking i joined Equifax and set up their business in India. My last 3 jobs had been very entrepreneural and hence i decided to do something by myself. SMEcorner was born in November 2014 after almost a year of research and building
Contribution to the field
Top 3 achievements would be - 1) devising a financial analysis model for Citibank India, which i subsequently travelled to many countries in the world and adapted for other Citibank branches 2) building a large Corporate Banking business for HDFC Bank 3) Building a large franchise for Barclays in a very short time period.
Prized Accomplishment(s):
Looking back, what i feel most proud about is being one of the founding members of HDFC Bank
Role Model:
Mr. Aditya Puri of HDFC Bank is my role model. He is a humble man who has tremendous vision, very strong understanding of the business, great eye for detail, great leadership qualities and very efficient at his work.
Job Profile:
I am the Founder and CEO of SMEcorner. In a start-up there is no fixed job definition. My role is to define the vision and motivate the team. In addition, i double up for every job role in the company from tele-calling to Operations to alliances. I always say that in a start-up, everyone has to be Janitor to CEO
Working Life Management:
I am a very avid runner and a fitness freak. I run full marathons and spend at least 2 hours every day engaging in some fitness activity - running, gym, cycling or walking. Keeps me healthy and helps me deal with stresses
Advice For New Professionals:
My advise would be to work hard and stay in one job for as long as you can. Young professionals these days tire easily and change jobs very frequently
Degrees That Matter:
I think a good education and training are always helpful in one's career. For the nature of job i do, a degree in accounting or an MBA from a good institute, combined with good leadership skills and courage to do business, would be very useful.
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