Shikha Sharma served as the MD and CEO of Axis Bank Limited from June 2009 till December 2018. As a leader adept at managing change, she focused on transforming Axis Bank into a bank with strengths across a wide range of Corporate and Retail Banking products. At the Bank, she focused on strengthening its retail lending franchise, enlarged its investment banking & advisory capabilities and developed a comprehensive portfolio of products in the payments space. She has more than three decades of experience in the financial sector having begun her career with ICICI Bank in 1980. In her last assignment at ICICI, as MD and CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, she built and contributed remarkably to make it the number 1 private sector Life Insurance Company in India. Ms. Sharma has done her B.A. (Hons.) in Economics and completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.