Rajiv Baphna

Rajiv Baphna

Summary

A seasoned strategic leader and a management professional with 25+ years of experience in both Financial Services and Manufacturing/Engineering Sectors, across the globe. 

Expert in areas of Advanced Analytics, Decision Management Solutions, and creating/evolving multi-site Global Analytical Centers of Excellence across multiple continents (USA, Asia, Europe).

Specialties

Consumer Analytics Strategy and Execution; Creation and Management of Leading Edge Worldclass Talent and Global Multi-Site Specialty Centers of Excellence delivering strong business impact.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2004 - Present

Managing Director, Head - Global Analytical Center of Excellence

Citi

Led the establishment of worldwide multi-site advanced analytical centers across the dimensions of innovation, specialization and efficiency, with leadership across sites in North Amercia, Europe, and Asia Pacific, over 300 employees. Managing a global annual budget of $20 MM+.

More than 25 years in the quantitative field, with a strong focus on -

  • Vision and strategic leadership; execution of a "vision"; emphasis on "leading" v/s "following".
  • Applications of quantitative methods to yield substantial business impact.
  • Talent hiring, training, management and motivation. Focus on creating global specializations across the full spectrum of the analytical continuum.
  • Creating a leading global brand in the analytical space at various educational institutions and events.
  • Cross cultural expertise in partnering with customers across 20+ countries.

Recipient of Citi Global Consumer Group Excellence Award for Executive Leadership, for leading the creation a  strategic center of excellence that enables sizeable business impact.

Feb 1996 - Dec 2003

Senior Director

Citi

1. Chief Financial Officer for a $10Bn Credit Cards portfolio in the Hispanic Segment across USA/Mexico/Puerto Rico.

2. Head of Decision Management for a Global Online Payments (P2P) and Worldwide Money Transfer Start Up Venture by Citi, called C2it.

3. Director of Credit Cards Decision Management for Acquisitions, Portfolio Management, and Balance Retention in North America.

Recipient of various leadership and management excellence awards through various Citi initiatives.

Jan 1995 - Feb 1996

Senior Manager

GE Capital
  • Manager, Financial Planning/Analysis, Commercial Finance/Treasury; $4.2Bn asset backed loans.

Nominated for various Leadership Trainings.

Feb 1991 - Aug 1993

Design Engineer

Harris Corporation, RF Communications
  • Co Inventor; USA Patent on innovating and building a 5KW Modular HF Power Factor Corrected Power Supply for the US Navy ship communication systems.

Received numerous Teamwork, Attitude, Determination, and Innovation Awards.  USA Patent Award.

Education

Education
Aug 1993 - Dec 1994

M.I.M. (Master of International Management)

Thunderbird, AGSIM
  • Recipient- Thunderbird Graduate Worldwide Scholarship; Marketing Scholarship.
  • Recipient- Alfred Knight Award; Highest GPA in the graduating class (3.95/4.0)
Aug 1989 - Dec 1990

M.S.E.E.

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • National Science Foundation Scholarship; Research/Teaching Assistantship, GPA 4.7/5.0.
  • Thesis:Microprocessor-Based Switching Power Converter Test Bed; Published IEEE.
Jul 1984 - Jun 1989

B.E. Electrical

LD College of Engineering, Gujarat Univ.
  • Three Gold Medals/Cash Award for overall excellence in University;t GPA 5.0/5.0; Rank 1/56.
  • Paper:In Defence of Nuclear Energy - (IEE). Internship with Asea Brown Boveri.