A former banker, Ms. Bharati Rao has the distinction of being the first woman Deputy Managing director of the State Bank of India (SBI).
With over 40 years of experience in banking and financial sector Ms. Rao currently serves on the boards of companies like the SBI Capital Markets Limited, SBI GTF Limited, Vijaya Bank, Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Co Limited, Carborundum Universal Limited, Neuland Laboratories Limited etc. She is also an advisor to Brickwork Rating Co Limited.
Ms. Rao joined SBI in 1972, and in her long and distinguished career at the bank, held both domestic and international positions and titles covering areas such as Project Finance, Credit & Risk Management, International Banking, Human Resources and Mergers & Acquisitions. She also played a key role in the planned merger between State Bank of India and State Bank of Saurashtra which was completed in 2008, and initiated the merger process of State Bank of India and State Bank of Indore.
After serving the bank for more than 36 years, she retired as its Deputy Managing Director.
Ms. Rao has a post graduate degree in Economics from Madras University.