Board of Directors of Yatra Capital
The Non-Executive Directors bring independent views to the Board. Their diverse experience and expertise add immeasurably to the Board's effectiveness, particularly in the areas of corporate strategy, governance and risk. As part of the collective responsibility for the management of the Company, the Board must ensure that adequate resources are in place to achieve its strategic aims and its obligations to shareholders and other stakeholders.
Richard Boleat : Non Executive Chairman
Richard Boleat qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in the UK in 1988. He subsequently worked in the Middle East, Africa and the UK for a number of commercial and financial services groups before returning to Jersey in 1990. He was formerly a Principal of Channel House Financial Services Group Limited prior to its acquisition by Capita Group plc ("Capita") in September 2005. Richard led Capita's financial services client practice in Jersey until September 2007, when he left the company to establish an independent corporate governance practice. He currently acts as independent director of a number of substantial collective investment and investment management entities.
David Hunter : Non-Executive Director
David Hunter is Managing Director of Hunter Advisers, a property fund consultancy which offers advice on the launch and operation of property funds in the UK and overseas. Coupled with this role, he has a number of non-executive positions on international property companies, focused on delivering value for shareholders.
Until 2005, David was a leading Pan-European property fund manager with over 20 years experience and an exceptional track record of building and running fund management businesses.
David was President of the British Property Federation 2003-04 and led the industry delegation which successfully negotiated with the UK Government for the introduction of REITs.
Malcolm King : Non-Executive Director
After qualifying at a general practice firm in 1968 Malcolm was one of the first in his profession to gain an MBA by taking a full time two-year course at the Ivey Business School of the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Joining King & Co in 1970 he headed the investment part of the business for 23 years.
In 1993 Malcolm restructured the asset management side of the business, which grew the properties under management from GBP 850 million to the current level of more than GBP 10 billion.
He was Senior Partner from 1987 to 2005 and International Chairman from 1992 - 2006. In 1992 he conceived and engineered the merger of King & Co with J P Sturge to form King Sturge. During his time as Senior Partner the company's turnover increased from just over GBP 11 million to approximately GBP 100 million and a staff of nearly 1600.
He is senior Non-Executive of Redrow Plc and a Non-Executive director of a Jersey based private property company as well as the managing director of a UK based private property company and on the Property Advisory Committee of Imperial College, London.
Christopher Wright : Non-Executive Director
Christopher Wright is Chairman and a co-founder of EMAlternatives LLC in Washington DC, emerging markets focused private equity asset management firm and a director of Merifin Capital Group, a private European investment firm. Until mid-2003 he served as Head of Global Private Equity for Dresdner Kleinwort Capital and was formerly a Group Board Member of Dresdner Kleinwort. He acted as Chairman of various investment funds prior to and following the latter's integration with Allianz Private Equity.
Mr. Wright has spent over 24 years financing and advising smaller and mid-sized companies operating in the USA, Canada, Asia and Europe. He joined Kleinwort Benson Limited in London in 1978 and in 1981 co-founded the Group's first office in California. In 1986 he relocated to New York to manage the Kleinwort Benson Limited portfolio of North American private equity, high-yield and mezzanine investments. He is currently non-executive Chairman of Maxcess International Corporation, a co-founding director of Roper Industries Inc (NYSE) and of IDOX PLC (AIM).
He has chaired the investment committees of and/or serves on several advisory boards of third party managed LBO and venture capital funds in North America and Europe and has advised several other financial institutions, including Hansa Capital, CdB Webtech, Standard Bank of South Africa, and IDeA Alternative Investments on their investments in private equity and other alternative assets around the world.
Mr Wright was educated at Oxford University (M.A) and holds a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance (from the ACCA). He is Foundation Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
George Baird : Non-Executive Director
George was born in Dundee, Scotland in 1950 and qualified with AYMM in 1974 before moving to Jersey in 1980 to work for the States of Jersey in the finance area. In 1991 he was appointed Treasurer of the States of Jersey, one of the most senior positions in the Civil Service reporting to the Finance and Economics Committee whose main responsibility was defining and implementing government financial and budget strategy. In 1999 he moved to Mourant as Group Finance and Operations Director until his retirement in 2002. Since then he has built up a portfolio of non executive directorships in the Channel Islands which include Chairmanship of Invesco Leveraged High Yield Ltd, Geiger Counter Ltd and Saltus European Debt Strategies Ltd. In addition he serves as non executive director on several property companies and also plays a prominent role on their Audit & Risk Committees.
Shahzaad Dalal : Non-Executive Director
Mr. Dalal has 26 years of financial markets and investment experience. At IIML, Mr. Dalal has made investments in private equity transactions with an aggregate capitalization value in excess of $9.5 billion. Prior to IIML, Mr. Dalal served as the Chief Executive Officer of IL&FS's Asset Management Strategic Business Unit. Prior to that, Mr. Dalal was at the Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India ("ICICI"). Mr. Dalal was actively involved in the initial public offerings of Indraprastha Gas and Shoppers' Stop. Mr. Dalal is a member of the India CEO Forum, which is affiliated with the IMA (International Market Assessment Group).Mr. Dalal received a Bachelors degree in Commerce from Bombay University (India) and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Northeast Louisiana University (United States).