Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Samir Bhatia

Founder & CEO

Samir is a serial entrepreneur who brings a strong mix of entrepreneurial passion and deep knowledge of the SME lending space. He started SMEcorner, a new age Fintech lender, that helps SMEs in India meet their working capital needs. Samir brings 33 years of experience from leading companies such as Citibank, HDFC Bank, Barclays Bank, and Equifax. Samir is an avid runner (he has completed 50+ marathons and half marathons to date) and an animal lover.

Samir is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India and a Cost Accountant from the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of India

Tushar Drolia

Chief Distribution Officer

Tushar Drolia is Chief Distribution Officer at SMEcorner. Tushar brings in close to 17+ years of experience in the Banking and Financial Services sector.

Prior to joining SMECorner, he has worked with Barclays Bank where he managed the entire strategy for the Branch Banking channel. Tushar is also an entrepreneur who managed his own venture with a successful exit.

In his current role, he is instrumental in growing the business & infrastructure at SMEcorner. He is entrusted with driving all businesses and acquisition channels in the organization.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Delhi University and is a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from MDI, Gurgaon.

Virendra Kumar Pal

Chief Innovation & Analytics Officer

Virendra has 12+ years of experience in the field of Analytics and data science and has worked with companies like Aditya Birla Capital, Edelweiss and, AC Nielsen.

His experience includes crafting algorithms and making use of cutting edge technologies like machine learning/AI, managing the data science teams, and supervising all activities. He has delivered end-to-end ML/AI solutions for Insurance, Banking, FMCG, and pharmaceuticals domains.

As our Chief Innovation & Analytics Officer, he leads all Analytical product development efforts, build and manage our rapidly growing team of data scientists, ensuring alignment with the departmental and business-wide vision and strategies along with analytics partners.

Virendra is EPGP in Data Science and Big Data, MBA in Marketing, and a Mechanical engineer

Sonal Patni

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer, Sonal is responsible for establishing the technical vision and driving all aspects of SMEcorner's technology platform.

He is an experienced technology professional with 17 years of experience working with global technology companies like Avaya Inc, Cognizant, and Tech Mahindra where he was responsible for setting up and leading high performing engineering teams and executing product and platform strategies.

He is a management graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and holds an engineering degree from Mumbai University.

Aseem Gautam

Chief Risk Officer

Aseem is a risk professional with a total experience of over 23 years.

Worked with Centurion Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Development Credit Bank, Tata Capital, and United Petro Finance(Kapital Tech).

As Chief Risk Officer, he will be primarily responsible for managing the entire risk and underwriting function along with setting up the credit policies & process.

Aseem is an MBA Finance from the University of Lucknow.

Ashish Ranka

Financial Controller

Ashish is a Chartered Accountant by qualification and a seasoned finance professional. He has over 6 years of experience in Financial Services. He brings with him an expertise of Finance & Accounts, Taxation, Compliance, Treasury Management, Fund Raising, Investor Relations, Financial Planning & Analysis and Business Strategy.

Muthoot Homefin (India) Ltd, Chief Financial Officer: He has played a pivotal role in setting up the finance and treasury function. He has built up relationship with Banks, Mutual Funds, Institutional investors for fund raising and was involved in business strategy and financial planning.

Prior to Muthoot Homefin (India) Ltd, he was with L&T Finance Holdings Ltd and India Infoline Ltd in various capacities within Finance and Treasury function.

Namita Vyas

Head – Strategy, Investor Relations & Business Alliances

Namita is the Head – Strategy, Investor Relations & Business Alliances at SMEcorner. She brings in 11+ years of experience in the Banking and Financial Services sector.

Prior to joining SMECorner, she has worked as a Lead Analyst with Citi Bank and CRISIL Ltd.

In her current role, she is in- charge of strategic planning activities, owning the profit & loss for different categories of business and is involved in the fundraising and other business development initiatives for the organization.

She holds a management graduate degree from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies and holds an engineering degree from Mumbai University.

Sriradha Banerjee

Head - Operation & Customer Service

Sriradha Banerjee has over 20 years’ experience in Operational Excellence with her expertise in the BFSI sector.

She has worked across various organisations from Multinational office automation companies like CANON & RICOH to Insurance and Lending segments like ICICI LOMBARD & RELIGARE. In her last role, she was leading the Operation in IIFL. Her core expertise lies in running large Operation Shops optimising processes and driving end to end digitalisation.

In her current role as Head of Operation & Customer Service, she would be supporting the Organization in driving the organisation strategic goal and enabling to lay a strong process and quality-oriented growth of Business. She holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Calcutta University. Sriradha is an avid reader and photographer and a sports person.

Pia Shome

Head - Human Resources

Pia Shome is the Head of Human Resources at SMEcorner. Pia brings in more than 16+ years of experience in the field of Human Resources, Change Management, and Organization Transformation and Culture Building.

Prior to joining SMEcorner, Pia has worked IDFC First Bank, where she was responsible for Talent Management, Culture, and Capability building. She has worked closely on Gender Diversity, Recognition practices.

In her current role, she is instrumental in integrating people practices, policies, talent frameworks. She wants to make HR a true partner in the success of the business.

She is a Postgraduate from XISS, Ranchi and is an alumnus of INSEAD, Singapore.