Mr Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC which is India's leading bank with total assets worth Rs 278,904
crore and double-digit growth. He began his career in 1965 with Ernst and Young in New York. In 1978,
he gave up a lucrative job at Chase Manhattan to return to India to work for his uncle's company,
which sought to help the average Indian buy his own home, taking a 50% salary cut in the process.
Today, he is known as a statesman and the voice of corporate India. Many in corporate India joke that
he has a permanent seat on every government committee, having led various reform committees for different
governments and along with being at the forefront of multiple crises.He is the Non-Executive Chairman in
India of Siemens Ltd, Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd and BAE Systems India (Services) Pvt Ltd.
He is also on the boards of Indian Hotels Company Ltd and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL).
Mr Parekh is on the international boards of DP World – UAE, Vedanta Resources plc and Fairfax Financial
Holdings Corporation - Canada. He is on the Indian Advisory Boards of Coca-Cola India, Boston Consultancy
Group, Accenture India.He is also on the International Advisory Boards of Standard Life Asia, Nomura Holdings Inc,
Lafarge International, Warburg Pincus LLC and GIC International. Some of the international organizations which Mr
Parekh is associated with in an advisory capacity, include Indo US CEO Forum, City of London - Finance Committee,
Indo - German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC), India-UK Financial Partnership (IUKFP), etc.Government and Industry
impressed by Mr Parekh’s performance and sobriety, have honoured him with several awards. Some of the most important
ones are; the Padma Bhushan in 2006, ‘Bundesverdienstkreuz’ Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit one of the highest
distinction by the Federal Republic of Germany in 2014, “Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honour” one of the highest
distinction by the French Republic in 2010, First international recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award by Institute
of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, in 2010.