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FE Best Banks Awards 2018 Highlights: Banker of the year goes to Romesh Sobti, Lifetime Achievement Award to Arundhati Bhattacharya

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FE Best Banks Awards: The Financial Express on Thursday honoured the best banks in the country. IndusInd Bank MD Romesh Sobti won the best banker of the year award and former SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya got the Lifetime Achievement Award. Former ICICI Bank chairman Narayanan Vaghul presented India s most prestigious financial sector awards.

Speaking on the occasion, Narayanan Vaghul said: “For me, the real honour today is to have given Arundhati Bhattacharya the lifetime achievers award – she is known for her no-nonsense approach, respected by competitors and managed problems in her own unique way.”

The players that were in the race were bankers and financial services firms such as non-banking financial companies and fin-techs.

A high-powered jury chaired by former TCS chairman S Ramadorai selected the winners for the prestigious awards. Some other key members of the jury were L&T Director & CFO R Shankar Raman, former UTI Asset Management MD Leo Puri, former RBI Executive Director Biswamohan Mahapatra and Ispirt founder Sharad Sharma.

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Financial Express Managing Editor Sunil Jain delivered the opening note. The topic of the discussion was – Will digital destroy traditional banking models? The panellists were Axis Bank outgoing CEO Shikha Sharma, SBI MD PK Gupta, Ispirt founder Sharad Sharma, Hemant Gala of PhonePe, and Bank Bazaar CEO Adhil Shetty.