Ananth has over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector, having led corporate and investment banking teams in leading international institutions, including Standard Chartered Bank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and Bank of America. He has worked in India and Singapore with global and regional business leadership and governance responsibilities and has managed diverse teams. His past leadership positions include Global Head of the Global Industries Group at Standard Chartered Bank, Head of Investment Banking India at Credit Suisse, and Head of Investment Banking India at Deutsche Bank/Bankers Trust. He brings strong board-level advisory experience in sectors including technology, consumer & retail, and financial services across M&A, equity and debt capital markets, and risk management. He is an independent director on the boards of The Indian Hotels Company Limited, Axis Asset Management Company, Ecom Express, and IHOCO BV, Netherlands. He is also a Board Mentor with CriticalEye, UK, a peer to peer Board and CXO organisation
Lighthouse’s co-founder, Sachin Bhartiya, shared, “We are delighted to have Ananth join us. His knowledge, experience, and guidance will be a great addition to our ecosystem.”
Lighthouse is one of India’s leading consumer-focused private equity investment funds, providing long-term, patient capital to the next generation of entrepreneurs in “New India.” Lighthouse manages an AUM of over USD half a billion and has invested in over 25 companies across the food, agri, lifestyle, home improvement, and healthcare sectors. Lighthouse’s marquee investments include leading Indian brands like Bikaji Foods, Nykaa, Duroflex Mattresses, Fabindia, Ferns N Petals, Cera Sanitaryware, Dhanuka Agritech, Kama Ayurveda, Medikabazaar, Poly Medicure, Shaily Engineering, Tynor Orthotics, Wow! Momo Foods, Unibic Foods and XSEED Education, among others.