Dr. Sudhir Kamath has over 24 years of private equity/venture capital experience in India, with experience of the full fund cycle.
Prior to working in private equity, he spent 8 years with ICICI as a Project Officer and Leasing Manager to corporate clientele, giving his broad experience in debt as well as in equity transactions.
Dr. Kamath has lead and managed investments in over 50 companies as VP (Investments) in ICICI Ventures (1990-94), Founding Partner/Director of Global Technology Ventures (1994-2006), Managing Director with 2i Capital (2006-10), and Director - Brand Capital at BCCL (2011-14).
At ICICI Ventures, GTV, as well as 2i Capital, he was part of the initial team that scaled the business from start-up stage; at the forefront of PE investing in the Small and Medium Enterprise sector in areas such as Telecom and Technology, Manufacturing (including automotive and capital goods), Biotechnology, and Energy/Infrastructure and deeply involved in PE investments from deal initiation through the “deal process” (of negotiation, structuring, term-sheets, legal documentation and funding) to adding value (through corporate governance, building and mentoring teams, putting processes and practices to scale any business, making right introductions through relationships) to exits (IPO’s, strategic buy-outs, mergers & acquisitions).
At BCCL, he achieved some milestones for Brand Capital-South. Growth both in terms of deals sanctioned and actual advertising spend by portfolio companies increased by over 100%. He was instrumental in breaking down into the dotcom and start-up world in Bangalore. He did some marquee deals at Cafe Coffee Day, Big Basket, and Caratlane. He maintained the leadership position in the real estate space in Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Dr. Kamath has served on the Boards of over 20 companies across sectors, as well as on the Investment Committees of all the funds he was involved with.
Dr. Kamath is currently Independent Director on the Board of Sical Logistics Limited, Chennai.
Dr. Kamath has a Fellowship in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, with specialisation in Finance, and Masters of Management Studies at the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani.