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Kalpesh Kikani appointed as Piramal Alternatives CEO



Piramal Enterprises Limited today announced the appointment of Kalpesh Kikani as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its Rs.11,000 crore AUM Alternatives Business managed through its subsidiaries and joint ventures, which leverages Piramal Group’s long standing partnerships with marquee Global investors such as CDPQ, CPPIB, APG, Ivanhoé Cambridge and Bain Capital.

Kalpesh who holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Finance from Bombay University, comes with over 25 years of expertise in investment and financial services including a decade as founding Managing Director at AION Capital, a pioneer in building an India focused private equity business with a focus on value, credit and control.

Previously, Kalpesh spent over 15 years at ICICI Bank. He played a significant role in building the bank’s commercial banking business to over $10 billion in assets and the structured finance business to over $5 billion in assets.

Commenting on the appointment, Anand Piramal, Executive Director, Piramal Group said, “We are delighted to welcome Kalpesh to the Piramal family. Kalpesh brings with him, rich experience in building an alternatives business of global scale and standard in India, a 25-plus year track record of successfully investing in India and strong relationships with leading global investors.”

“While globally, alternative assets have grown rapidly over the last 10 years to over US$ 11 trillion, in India the asset class has grown much faster at over a 20% CAGR, making it one of India’s highest growth opportunities. desire is to create a world class Alternatives business across multiple asset classes that helps fill a significant deficit of long-term risk capital needed by Indian businesses as they help fuel India’s journey to a $5 trillion economy. The Alternatives business, is another step in building a new age, digitally driven, diversified financial services conglomerate at Piramal,” he added.   

“I am excited to join the Piramal team,” said Kalpesh Kikani, CEO, Piramal Alternatives. “Piramal Alternatives has a great business model; it has partnered with best-in-class global investors, and is uniquely positioned to build a leading home grown Alternatives business across private debt, private equity, and infrastructure, amongst others. As the Indian economy evolves, Piramal Alternatives can be a significant provider of customized financing solutions to high quality Indian corporates who are looking to maximize their potential.”

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