National Stock Exchange, Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD & CEO

When Ashishkumar Chauhan took over as managing director and chief executive officer of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in late July, it felt like coming home. In fact, the former Managing Director and CEO of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) was part of the core team that founded the NSE in the early 1990s. He was instrumental in establishing the NSE as the country's leading contemporary stock exchange.

National Stock Exchange, Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD & CEO

Mr Chauhan played a key role in building the NSE's first information technology infrastructure, which resulted in the replacement of open outcry trading with online, screen-based trading. He contributed to the creation of the Nifty-50, the most followed stock index on the NSE. A commercial satellite telecommunications network has been established for the NSE in the country, allowing stock trading on computer screens across cool homes and businesses across the country.

Mr Chauhan left NSE in 2001 to start his own business, which was funded by the Reliance Group. Later, he started working with Reliance Infocomm and eventually rose to the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Reliance Group.

Mr. returned to the stock exchange field in 2009, this time as deputy chief executive of rival BSE, before becoming its managing director and chief executive in 2012. During his long tenure at BSE, he saw Asian stock exchanges grow into new areas such as currencies, commodities, equity derivatives, SMEs, start-ups, mutual fund and insurance policy distribution, spot markets and electricity trading. He is also credited with the successful initial public offering (IPO) of BSE, the first stock exchange to list in the country.

Awards and Honors

Consultant and Member, Dalit Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (DICCI)

2017 Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors

2016 IIM Calcutta Distinguished Alumni Award

2015 Diamond Sabre Awards Hong Kong CEO of the Year

Horasis Interlaken/Switzerland India Business Leader of the Year 2015

RH Patil Award for Excellence in Financial Services, June 2015

Distinguished Alumni Award, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai

He is Chairman of the NIT Manipur Council and Independent Director of ICSI Insolvency Professionals Agency, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He is the Chairman of the South Asian Exchange Federation (SAFE), a forum of 28 member entities from the SAARC region and neighbouring countries that aims to provide a platform for sharing, exchanging and disseminating technology, experience and knowledge for rapid development Growth and development of capital markets, and regional and global integration. He is a member of SEBI's Corporate Governance Committee, helping to improve corporate governance standards for listed companies in India, Asia Pacific Advisor.