Aswath Venkataraman, an Operating Principal at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Bangalore. Aswath joined WestBridge in 2021 and comes with an experience of fifteen years in CPG and E-Commerce Retail. Prior to WestBridge, Aswath worked for nearly twelve years with Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) across various roles in sales and marketing including managing HUL’s largest brand Surf Excel and three years with Amazon where be built the CPG private brands business in India.
Aswath has received a MBA from IIM Bangalore and a B.E. in Electronics Engineering from R.V.College of Engineering, Bangalore.
Achal Singi, an Analyst with WestBridge Capital, is based out of Silicon Valley. Previously, Achal was with Bain & Company, where he served financial services, technology and consumer goods clients, and worked in their private equity group.
Achal received a B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley.
Sumir Chadha, a co-founder and Managing Director of WestBridge Capital, is based out of Silicon Valley.
Sumir has been investing in India for over two decades across private and public companies. He serves on many boards including Star Health, Aptus and Innovaccer.
Earlier in his career, Sumir also co-founded and was Managing Director of Sequoia Capital India, and worked at Goldman Sachs and at McKinsey & Co.
Sumir serves on the Boards of Princeton University, Harvard Business School Alumni Association, Crystal Springs Uplands School and the American India Foundation.
Sumir received an MBA from Harvard Business School with Distinction, and a BSE in Computer Science from Princeton University.
Sandeep Singhal, a co-founder and Managing Director of WestBridge Capital is based out of Bangalore, India. Sandeep has over two decades of public and private investing experience in India.
Sandeep also co-founded and was Managing Director of Sequoia Capital India. Sandeep has previously worked with The Boston Consulting Group at their Mumbai office,where he focused on advising mid-market consumer and pharmaceutical companies on product market strategies. Sandeep started his career with Hindustan Unilever Limited (then HLL), where he headed new product development for ‘Surf’ and ‘Rin’, two of their largest consumer franchises.
Sandeep currently serves as a member on the board of several companies and has previously served on the boards of several listed public companies that include Dr. Lal Pathlabs, Kajaria Ceramics Limited, Just Dial Limited, eClerx Services Limited and led significant investments in Info Edge Limited, Cera Sanitaryware Limited and Ceat Limited. He has also served on the boards of various private companies that include Nazara Technologies, Applabs Technologies (acquired by CSC), MarketRx Inc. (acquired by Cognizant), What’s on Media India (acquired by Tribune Digital Ventures), Mauj Mobile, People Interactive (Shaadi.com), GVK Biosciences, Stovekraft, Strand Life Sciences Just Dial Global, Celon Laboratories, Carzonrent India, Reametrix Inc. and led the investment in Interactive Avenues (acquired by IPG Mediabrands). He is also a founding member and director on the board of the IIT Delhi Endowment Management Company.
Sandeep holds an MBA with distinction from IIM Ahmedabad, an MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois where he was awarded the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship and a B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi.
Peter Wendell, a Senior Advisor at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Silicon Valley. He first began to informally advise the Advisory Principals in 2003 and, with the raising of WestBridge Crossover Fund in 2011, assumed a more formal role as a Senior Advisor and member of the Board of Directors of the Fund.
Peter is the founder (in 1982) of Sierra Ventures, a Menlo Park, California technology- oriented venture capital firm. Sierra’s first six funds (Sierra Ventures I – VI), all Sierra funds organized with Peter as one of the lead Managing Directors, collectively called capital of $440 million and distributed net proceeds to limited partners after carry and fees in excess of $1 billion. Peter has served on more than 25 corporate boards of directors, including more than 10 public company boards. Peter also co-teaches “Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital,” a popular course at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Peter has held a faculty appointment at Stanford since 1991, teaching more than 2,000 Stanford MBAs.
Peter has been recognized by “Forbes” magazine as one of the 100 best technology venture investors in the United States and named one of the 15 venture capitalists on “Upside” magazine’s Elite 100 list of influential U.S. leaders in technology, finance, and business. In addition to his venture capital activities, Peter also serves, since 2003, on the board of directors of Merck & Co., Inc (MRK-NYSE) where he completed a four- year term chairing the board’s audit committee and currently serves on the compensation and research committees.
Prior to founding the first Sierra fund, he was employed by IBM for 10 years. During an educational leave from IBM, Peter attended Harvard Business School where he received an MBA with distinction. During this time, he also worked for McKinsey & Company. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, magna cum laude, from Princeton University.
He is currently serving as a Charter Trustee of Princeton University, having been initially appointed in 2001. He has also completed a 10-year term as a member of the board of directors of the Princeton University Investment Company (Princo), the organization responsible for Princeton’s endowment. During the six years Peter chaired the Princo board, Princo’s professional executives grew the University’s endowment from $8 billion to over $16 billion. He has also served as a Trustee of ARTstor, a Mellon Foundation initiative chaired by Harvard’s former president Neil Rudenstine.
Peter has served as an officer and member of the board of directors of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists, as a member of the venture capital committee of Stanford University’s Athletic Investment Endowment, as a member of the Visiting Committee at Harvard Business School, as a director of San Francisco’s Exploratorium, and on the board of St. Luke’s Parish School in San Francisco. He has received the National Venture Capital Association’s American Spirit Award for applying his business skills in a manner that has created outstanding contributions to society.
Shailesh Mehta, an Operating Advisor at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Silicon Valley. He looks at investment opportunities in financial services. Shailesh currently serves as a General Partner at Granite Hill Capital Partners, a venture capital firm focused on investments in Silicon Valley technology startups and select India related opportunities.
Previously, Shailesh served as Chairman and CEO of Providian Financial, which he built from a small team into a Fortune 300 company – one of the country’s top five credit card issuers. Prior to Providian, Shailesh was Executive VP of AmeriTrust (now KeyCorp), the largest bank in Ohio. Upon leaving Providian in 2001, Shailesh joined WestBridge Capital (Sequoia Capital India) as Operating General Partner, where he invested in India. Shailesh served on the boards of Master Card, PayPal Corp.,Providian corp., Hannovar Direct, Account Now,Manappuram Finance, Safari Industries and FirstSource. He was GP at Invesco Private Capital.
Shailesh currently serves on the Board of three of the Fund’s portfolio companies - Aptus Value Housing, India Shelter Finance, and Vistaar Finance. He also serves on the Board of NetaFim Agro Finance (NAFA), Manappuram finance and Safari Industries.
Shailesh founded the SJM School of Management at IIT- Bombay and serves on its advisory board.. He served as Trustee of California State University System appointed by the Governor of California and continues to be trustee emeritus.He is member of IIT Bombay Advisory Council, and Case Western Reserve University President’s Council.He served as trustee of the Asian art Museum of San Francisco. He was instrumental in creating India stusies chair at University of California, Berkeley.
He holds B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT-Bombay, and MS & PhD in Operations Research and Computer Science from Case Western Reserve. He received hon. Ph. D - Doctor of Humane Letters from California State University.
Aditya Agarwal, a Principal at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Bangalore. Aditya has been with the firm for over eight years and in the investing industry for twelve years. He has worked on investments across several sectors like building materials, consumer staples, footwear, retail, dairy, consumer durables, autos, real estate, chemicals in both public and private markets. At WestBridge, he has helped establish several relationships, systems and processes for the firm and executed multiple strategic initiatives across the portfolio. Aditya was amongst the first members of the India team at International Finance Corporation, World Bank working across Washington and Mumbai.
Aditya has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras.
Deepak Ramineedi, a Principal at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Bangalore. Deepak has been with WestBridge for the last nine years and has over twelve years of experience in the equities space. Deepak primarily focusses on financial services in both private and public markets and earlier worked on healthcare, consumer as well. Deepak serves on the Board of Star Health and earlier served on Aptus Housing Board. Deepak is a Board observer in Vistaar, India Shelter and earlier on Dr Lal Path Labs. Prior to WestBridge, Deepak worked with Credit Suisse for three years as an equities research analyst covering Indian financial services and Indian market strategy.
Deepak has received an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay.
Rahul Agrawal, a Vice President at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Bangalore. He has been with the firm for over 5 years and has worked on investment opportunities across various sectors including consumer goods, retail, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, media and real estate, in both public & private markets. Prior to joining WestBridge, Rahul worked with McKinsey & Co in their Chennai office.
Rahul received an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad, where he was awarded the President’s Gold Medal for academic excellence. Rahul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Ahmedabad University and was merit-listed in two levels of the Chartered Accountancy course.
Rishit Desai, a Principal at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Bangalore. He has ten years of public investing, private equity and investment banking experience in India. Before joining WestBridge, Rishit was an Associate at Bain Capital Private Equity's Mumbai Office where he focused on growth-investing. Prior to that, he was with Macquarie Capital, where he advised clients on capital raising and mergers & acquisitions.
Rishit graduated from Wharton Business School with a Major in Finance. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and has cleared Level III of the CFA program.
Aditya Nair, a Vice President at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Silicon Valley. He has eight years of experience in financial services and management consulting across India and the United States. Prior to joining WestBridge, Aditya was an Engagement Manager in McKinsey's Silicon Valley office, where he served consumer technology and financial services clients on strategy, operations and marketing topics. Prior to McKinsey, Aditya also worked with NYCA Partners, a New York based fund that invests in early stage fintech companies.
Aditya received his MBA from Wharton Business School and his B.Tech from National Institute of Technology Calicut. He has also completed two levels of the CFA Program.
Ankit Gupta, a Vice-President at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Bangalore. He has been with the firm for over 4 years. Ankit has been working in the investing industry for over seven years and has been part of several marquee transactions in financial services space such as Star Health, Aptus Housing, India Shelter Housing, Vistaar, CIBIL, Axis Bank and Yes Bank. Before joining WestBridge, he was part of financial services equity investments arm of International Finance Corporation, World Bank working across Washington and Delhi. At WestBridge, he is also deeply involved with some of the large portfolio companies in driving various strategic initiatives.
Ankit holds a B.Tech degree from IIT Delhi and has cleared level III of the CFA program.
Anshuman Khosla, a Vice-President at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Bangalore. Before joining WestBridge, Anshuman spent three years as a Consultant at Bain and Company, Mumbai as a part of the PE commercial due diligence practice and also worked on strategy, end-to-end transformation projects in retail. Prior to that, he worked at Goldman Sachs in their Bangalore office.
Anshuman received his MBA from IIM Calcutta and B.Tech ECE from PEC Chandigarh. He has also received a Master's in International Management degree (CEMS - HEC Paris).
Manthan Shah, a Vice-President at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Silicon Valley. Prior to WestBridge, Manthan was working with Postmates in SF Bay Area where he was responsible for growing their B2B business. Manthan has been an early stage tech investor at Matrix Partners India where he was focusing on Content/Media, Internet-first consumer brands & Gaming sectors for investments. Before becoming an investor, Manthan was an entrepreneur and was running his home services startup, HandyHome which was acquired by UrbanClap India. Manthan has briefly worked with ITC in the FMCG sector.
Manthan received his Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from IIT-Bombay.
Shreyans Singh, a Vice-President with WestBridge Capital, is based out of Bangalore and has six years of public investing, private equity and investment banking experience. Before joining WestBridge, Shreyans was an Associate at Providence Equity Partners, where he focused on late stage investments across South Asia. Prior to that, he worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley, where he advised financial services, technology and internet companies on M&A and capital market transactions.
Shreyans received his bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and his MBA from The Wharton School.
Sanchit Dayal, an Analyst with WestBridge Capital, is based out of Bangalore. Previously, Sanchit was with the Global Education Practice of L.E.K. Consulting, where he worked on strategy projects and diligences in the education sector across the globe.
Sanchit graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Namit Mehta, an Analyst with WestBridge Capital, is based out of Silicon Valley. Previously, Namit was with McKinsey & Company, where he served financial services and consumer goods clients on strategy, marketing and pricing-related topics.
Namit received a B.A. in Financial Economics from Columbia University.
Ramprashanth Mohanasundaram, an Analyst at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Bangalore. Prior to WestBridge, Ram worked with McKinsey & Company, on large-scale transformation projects across strategy and implementation, with a focus on EBITDA enhancement in the Logistics and Steel manufacturing sectors.
Ram holds a Bachelor's and Master's in Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Yash Muthiyan, an Analyst with WestBridge Capital, is based out of Bangalore. Previously, Yash was with The Boston Consulting Group, where he worked on strategy and implementation projects in the financial services and pharmaceuticals sectors. Prior to BCG, Yash tracked the Cements and Home Building sectors as an Equity Research Analyst at Ambit Capital. He began his career as an Audit and Assurance executive at KPMG.
Yash graduated from HR College of Commerce and Economics. He is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA charter holder.
Subham Rajgaria, an Analyst with WestBridge Capital is based out of Bangalore. Prior to WestBridge, he has worked with McKinsey & Company, India where he served tyre manufacturing and logistics sectors with a focus on process optimization, digital transformation and cost reduction strategies.
Subham holds a Bachelor’s in Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Kabir Sial, an Analyst with WestBridge Capital, is based out of Silicon Valley. Previously, Kabir worked at Palantir Technologies in New York, where he led engineering and product efforts for use cases in the financial services, telecommunications and CPG industries.
Kabir received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from University of California, Berkeley.
Srishti Sinha, an Analyst with WestBridge Capital, is based out of Silicon Valley. Previously, Srishti was with Alliance Bernstein, where she worked on investment research focused on the energy sector.
Srishti graduated from Columbia University with an Economics-Statistics major and Computer Science minor.
Sanchie Shroff, an Analyst with WestBridge Capital is based out of Bangalore, India. Previously, she has worked with McKinsey & Company, where she served O&G, Metals and Pharma Clients on strategy, operations, profitability and growth.
Sanchie holds a Bachelor's in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and is pursuing CFA.
Kshitij ("KS") Shah, the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of WestBridge Capital, is based out of Silicon Valley. He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. KS formerly served as Managing Director - Finance and Head of Operational Due Diligence for Man Group PLC (formerly Pine Grove Asset Management). KS served in the capacity of Pine Grove’s CFO since 2010 and was a member of the investment, risk management and valuation committees. Over his nine years at Pine Grove, KS conducted more than 250 operational due diligence reviews of various alternative investment firms. KS has been a speaker and expert panel member at a variety of industry conferences hosted by Managed Funds Association (MFA), GAIM Ops, and Infovest. Earlier in his career, KS was a Manager in the Capital Markets Advisory Group at Deloitte in New York.
KS has an MBA in finance from University of Notre Dame, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai. He is also a Chartered Accountant (India).
Shobitha Mani, WestBridge Capital’s General Counsel, is based out of Bangalore. She has 18 years of experience working as a lawyer in the investing and funds space. Shobitha supervises the legal function for the WestBridge funds, working closely with the investment and operations team and external legal counsel on fund matters and on investment transactions. Prior to joining WestBridge in 2012, Shobitha was a partner at the law firm of Wadia Ghandy & Co., where she was part of the firm’s private equity and funds practice. Prior to her tenure at Wadia Ghandy, Shobitha was an associate in the structured finance practice at the law firm of Amarchand & Mangaldas, Mumbai.Shobitha received her B.A., LL.B. with honors from the National Law School, Bangalore.
Bhaskar Banerji, Vice President, Legal at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Bangalore. Prior to joining WestBridge, Bhaskar worked at two of India’s leading law firms – Khaitan & Co. and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas – where his areas of practice included private equity and venture capital investments, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and general corporate advisory.
He received his B.Sc. LL.B with honors from Gujarat National Law University and is enrolled at the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh.
Maria Cheeran, Vice President, Legal & Compliance at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Bangalore. Prior to joining WestBridge, Maria worked with the law firm Amarchand & Mangaldas (now Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas) in the General Corporate Advisory Team.
Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.
Vikas Gupta, Senior Vice President- Finance at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Bangalore. Vikas works on all finance, accounting, audit, taxation, investor reporting and operations matters for WestBridge funds. He has over 15 years of experience (including 13 years in Indian Private Equity) in the areas of accounting, taxation, investor reporting, investments closing and compliance with Indian and Mauritius laws relating to foreign investments. Prior to joining WestBridge in 2014, Vikas was with Jacob Ballas Capital India for approximately eight years where he was the Senior Manager in charge of Finance and managed the operations of their three India focused funds. Prior to Jacob Ballas, Vikas has worked with Deloitte in their assurance division.
Vikas is a Chartered Accountant (India) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from University of Delhi.
Aditya Iyer, Assistant Vice President, Finance at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Bangalore. Aditya has extensive experience in the areas of financial planning & analysis, management reporting and financial modelling. Prior to working with WestBridge Funds, Aditya was with Arvind Limited for about a year where he was a Senior Manager providing financial insights to the Chairman & MD of Arvind Group on their Brands & Garmenting businesses. Prior to Arvind, Aditya has worked with Coats Plc and Britannia Industries Ltd in FP&A roles.
Aditya is a Commerce graduate from the Indira Gandhi National Open University in Delhi and is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Chetan Rana, Assistant Controller with WestBridge Capital, is based out of Bangalore. He has over 14 years of experience working in India. Prior to joining WestBridge in 2019, Chetan was associated with Edelweiss Financials in their corporate planning division & alternative assets business. As part of Edelweiss alternatives business having Singapore domiciled funds / India AIFs, Chetan handled the fund operations (involving accounting, investor reporting and tax, regulatory & related structuring aspects). Prior to Edelweiss, Chetan was associated with KPMG Mumbai in their private equity tax & regulatory practice & PwC Mumbai in the financial services tax & regulatory practice.
Chetan is a Chartered Accountant (India) and is a Commerce graduate from Mumbai University.
Rashmi Rustagi, a Senior Associate, Finance at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Bangalore. Prior to this, she was working as Senior Executive with BSR & Associates LLP (KPMG), primarily on the Statutory Audit profile for Indian companies working mostly on listed manufacturing clients .
Rashmi is a Chartered Accountant and holds a B. Com (H) degree from North Bengal University.
Avani, an Assistant Controller at WestBridge Capital, is based out of Silicon Valley. She has experience in the asset management industry since 2007. Prior to joining WestBridge Capital, Avani was a Manager in the Financial Services Office group at Ernst & Young LLP in San Francisco. During her 5 years with EY, Avani oversaw the audit process of Hedge Funds, Venture Capital, Private Equity and Fund of Funds. Earlier, Avani was a Manager at Morgan Stanley Fund Services in their Financial Reporting team serving Hedge Fund clients.
Avani is a Certified Public Accountant (Licensed in California) and a Chartered Accountant from India. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai.