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Mr. Parag Rao


Mr Parag Rao is the Country Head – Payments, Consumer Finance, Digital Banking and Technology at HDFC Bank Ltd. The Payments Business includes Debit Cards, Credit Cards, Prepaid & Commercial Cards, Merchant Acquiring Services, Digital Payments Infrastructure, and Consumer Finance Business. He spearheads Digital Banking, and also technology.

Mr Rao joined the HDFC Bank in 2002 as Head, Sales & Distribution – Credit Cards. With his vast knowledge & understanding of technology trends, customer behaviour, credit forecasting, P&L management, sales and marketing, he has been instrumental in building a profitable as well as sustainable Payments Business that has seen multiple credit cycles with ease. Under his leadership, HDFC Bank has grown to become the market leader in the Payment Businesses (Cards and Acquiring) in the country and has retained the position over the years.

In addition to his business responsibilities, Mr Rao is a member of the HDFC Bank’s Customer Service Committee. He served as a Director on the board of the Bank's sales subsidiary HBL for 6 years until its merger with HDB Financial Services Limited in 2016. Mr Rao also dons the role of advisor to multiple network partners. He’s a member of the Global Advisory Board of Diners International and the APAC Client Council of Visa.

He has over 30 years of experience in the industry. Before joining HDFC Bank, Mr Rao held senior positions in IBM Global Services, Cadbury's, Unilever, and Pepsico. He has completed his B.Tech from Regional Engineering College (REC), Jamshedpur and business management from S.P. Jain Institute of Management, Mumbai.