Shri. Rajnish Kumar


Mr. Rajnish Kumar is former chairman of State Bank of India. He completed his 3 years term as chairman in October 2020.  He is credited with steering the bank successfully through very challenging times. During his tenure, Bank developed YONO, a digital platform, which has established bank as a global leader in adoption of technology and innovation.

Mr. Kumar is a career banker with nearly 4 decades of service with State bank of India. His expertise in corporate credit and project finance is well recognised. He served the bank in various capacities across the country including in the North East as Chief General Manager. He successfully managed UK operations of the Bank immediately after the crisis caused by the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Earlier he worked as Vice President (Credit) at Toronto.

Mr. Rajnish Kumar was also the Chairman of SBI’s subsidiaries, important ones being, SBI Life Insurance Company Limited, SBI Foundation, SBI Capital Markets Limited, and SBI Cards & Payments Services Limited. He also served as Director on the boards of various organizations, viz. Export- Import Bank of India, Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, National Institute of Bank Management, Pune, Indian Banks’ Association, Khadi & Village Industries Commission, Indian Institute of Banking & Finance, among others. 

Mr. Rajnish Kumar is currently serving as an Independent Director on the Boards of many prestigious companies like HSBC, Asia Pacific and L&T Infotech. He is also Non-Executive Chairman of Resilient Innovations P Ltd.  (BharatPe), one of the fastest growing Fintech in the country and Independent Director on the Board of Lighthouse Communities Foundation. Mr. Kumar is also an advisor to Kotak Investment Advisors Ltd. and Baring Private Equity Asia Ltd. He is presently the Chairman of the Board of Governors of MDI Society and also served as a member of the Board from 1st March 2019 to 7th August 2022.

Born in January 1958, Mr. Kumar has done M.Sc. in Physics from Meerut University and is also a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB). 

Mr. Kumar is an avid traveller and has visited several countries. He is passionate about sports and his favourite sports is badminton.