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Bhavesh Patel, Country Manager & CEO
Bhavesh, is the country manager and CEO for Coface India for more than 3 years. He has 33 years of experience in non-life insurance sector across various lines, both broking and underwriting, with specialization in the areas of trade credit & political Risks, financial lines, casualty, aviation & project Insurance.
Before joining Coface, he was the Senior Vice President of Marsh India, a member of the Executive Leadership Team, having Management responsibility of FINPRO, crisis & casualty, trade & structured credit, political risks and claims advocacy practices of Marsh India. He started his career as a multi-specialty lines broker with the Johnson & Higgins affiliate in India. During his career, he headed commercial underwriting for the Gerling NCM joint venture with the New India Assurance company followed by heading Reinsurance operations for ICICI Lombard General Insurance company and later on heading and managing the trade credit, liabilities & aviation underwriting and business development for ICICI Lombard. Bhavesh is a Commerce Graduate with Honors in Finance & Accounts, an Associate of the Insurance Institute of India. He also holds a Post Graduate Management Qualification from Indian Institute of Management, Indore.
Mohan Apte, Commercial Director
Mohan Apte is the Commercial Director for Coface India, a long time veteran and one the oldest members of the credit insurance business, having worked in Coface since March 2006. As head of the Commercial Dept, Mohan overseas both sales and account management functions. His core responsibilities include strategic planning and execution for new business and renewals, interactions with both internal and external stake holders such as the regional and HQ teams, insurance partners and broker (intermediary) network.
Prior to joining Coface, Mohan has worked with some of the biggest names in the banking and financial services industry such as HSBC, ICICI Bank and ICICI Lombard in wholesale lending, credit operations and general insurance sales. Mohan graduated in Electronics Engineering from Nagpur University and did an MBA in Finance & Marketing from XLRI Jamshedpur.
Preshit Butala, Senior Risk Manager
Based in Mumbai, Preshit manages the underwriting team and is in charge of risk underwriting and portfolio risk management for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Maldives. He joined the RUW function in April 2017 and prior to that he headed the Finance, HR and compliance function for Coface India since May 2009. He was also a key member of the team to set up the global and regional back office in Bangalore, India. Prior to joining Coface, he worked with Fullerton India an NBFC where he was responsible for financial reporting, finance operations, external audit and regulatory reporting.
He is a Chartered Accountant with more than 15+ years of experience in finance, audit and credit risk and assessment across various industries and geographies. He also hold a PG Diploma in Insurance & Risk Management and PG Diploma in Foreign Exchange & Risk Management.
Sunil Jagtap, Assistant Claims Manager
Sunil Jagtap is currently the Asst. Claims Manager of Coface India having been 13 years with Coface. He worked in several depts. at Coface as Risk Support / Infoline executive / Commercial executive and now having 6 years of experience in handling claims for India. Prior to joining Coface, he worked as Operational Support Executive in Credit Insurance Dept. Bajaj Allianz with Euler Hermes.
He is holding a Bachelor of commerce degree from Mumbai University and also did Diploma in Financial Management from Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai.
Naresh Rapelli, Senior Manager – Finance
Naresh had started his career in 1998 as article Assistant while pursuing Charter Accountancy. He began his career with Coface in 2005 as an accounts executive and was handling the entire coface India single handedly, which included the Kompass Division as well.
Since 2017 he has been handling Coface India Finance as Senior Manager Finance. He is a Chartered Account and also has a Masters degree in Business Administration.
Sucha Sulochana, Senior Manager – HR & Admin
Sucha Sulochana joined Coface in 2018 as Senior Manager - HR & Admin to manage full spectrum of HR for Coface India - both Trade Credit Insurance business & Shared Service Center. She is based out of Bangalore office and is also responsible for the Office Administration for Coface India.
Prior to joining Coface, Sucha spent 14+ years of her HR professional life with IT Industry at Technoforte Software Pvt Ltd., Bangalore where she advanced from HR Executive to Senior HR Manager. She holds an MBA, specialized in Human Resources Management.
Shraddha Pradhan, Senior Key Account Manager
Shraddha is Sr. Key Account Manager in Coface India, where she is responsible for the Account Management functions mainly pertaining to Global clients. She also assists the reinsurance ffunctions between Local Partners and Coface Singapore. She is a commerce graduate from V. G. Vaze College, Mumbai University and holds diploma in Web Designing from BOSTON’s Computer Institute.
Having joined Coface in 2009, Shraddha started her role in Operations function and transitioned to Account Management function. Prior to Coface, Shraddha was working with multinational companies like Countrywide Financial Corporation Inc., Citi Financial India Pvt Ltd. and ARIBA India Private Limited as Business Analyst.
Pratik Dave, Senior Key Account Manager
Pratik Dave is the Senior Key Account Manager Coface India. He is responsible for business retention and managing stakeholder relationships. He holds over 14 years of experience in the finance / insurance industry including credit risk management, banking, equity trading and tax advisory. He has a Masters degree in Finance from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS).
Prior to joining Coface in 2017, Pratik was associated with Global Insurance Brokers Pvt Ltd.
Ria Aich, Compliance Manager
Based in Bangalore, Ria looks after various compliance functions that includes Legal, Regulatory, Data Privacy for the TCI Business, India and Share Service Centre, Bangalore. She also supports and provides compliance advisory to Coface’s Thailand TCI business as well.
Prior to joining Coface in 2019, she worked as a legal and compliance counsel in various sectors that includes Financial, FMCG and Law Firms focused mainly on various external clients facing advisory that includes legal/compliance and regulatory overview. She holds BA( Law) LLB degree from Bangalore University and PGDIPR from National Law School of India University.