Khamari takes charge

SUDHANSU Khamari officially took over as chief executive officer of Bank of Baroda Fiji operations from outgoing CEO GB Rajput as from yesterday.

Mr Rajput, who has been CEO since August 2014, said he had thoroughly enjoyed his tenure in Fiji and had tremendous support from Fijians whom he’s had association with at the bank.

“It’s been great; it’s a bit like India with good people and great weather,” Mr Rajput said.

“Yes, we’ve managed to achieve what we targeted. My first target while here was to improve our bottom line. I’ve not looked at the top line. I’ve not gone for the competition and I’ve just maintained the bottom line of the bank achieving a gross profit of more than $10 million for three years in a row,” he said.

He said this was a record for the bank.

“I am asking our customers and all Fijians to show the same support for the incoming CEO Mr Khamari, who brings with him very good knowledge and very good experience in banking and he can contribute a lot to banking here,” Mr Rajput said.

Meanwhile, at 45 years old Mr Khamari, according to Mr Rajput, is one of the youngest to head the Bank of Baroda Fiji operations.

He holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master in Business Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application.

Mr Khamari, originally from India, was born on July 3, 1972, and joined the Bank of Baroda in March 1999 as an officer.

He has had 18 years experience in various capacities during his banking career ,having worked as branch head, chief manager and deputy regional head. He joined the Fiji operations in November 6, 2017 and officially took over the helm as CEO of the Fiji operations yesterday. Before joining Fiji, he was the regional head of Bhubaneshwar region in India.

Mr Khamari said he definitely appreciated the good work that had been done by Mr Rajput and he would continue whatever good work the bank had been doing.

“Baroda is a technology-driven bank and we want this technology to reach the people.”

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