Sravanthi V – India
Assistant Vice President, Credit
"I was a part of the initial branch set–up team after Mizuho Bank received its license to operate in Bangalore (as the third branch in India) four years ago. This was particularly a proud moment for me."
What do you do at Mizuho?
I am with the corporate banking team catering to Japanese and non–Japanese multinationals' business needs in India. Focus areas involve establishing credit lines and deepening client relationships in liaison with relationship managers across various product spectra related to market borrowings and counter party treasury needs.
What has been your proudest moment/most rewarding experience while working at Mizuho?
I was a part of the initial branch set–up team after Mizuho Bank received its license to operate in Bangalore (as the third branch in India) four years ago. This was particularly a proud moment for me. Other times that stand out for me have been when I involved myself in a broad range of bank activities, from developing credit based systems and processes, to building streamlined credit procedures and underwriting techniques that are in sync with Indian market and risk scenarios, to being involved in financial product lineups related to credit, bond and treasury markets, firsts for Mizuho in its India business and which helped enhance the Bangalore Branch's status.
What do you do for fun outside work?
Outside of work, I travel extensively as a food photographer. This hobby not only helps me develop interests in various languages making me a close to a polyglot, but also opens up innumerable kitchen counters to the glutton in me!
What skill or competency do you feel you have enhanced while at Mizuho?
Through its culture and people, Mizuho has opened up a wide array of skill enhancement possibilities to me both on a professional and on a personal level. Examples include developing expertise across product lines and being able to better understand client needs to drive solutions in a holistic manner. This has had a noticeable impact leading to a higher brand recall in the banking circles in which Mizuho operates in India.
What is the most important thing you have learned while at Mizuho or in the industry?
The industry works on trust and it is a very important factor especially when acquiring and building sustainable relationships with clients. Mizuho and its people build such a culture of trust with all our stakeholders and this therefore upholds the reputation of the bank in India.
What is a topic or issue outside of financial services that interest you?
Education. I believe this is the biggest equalizer and one of the most under–addressed issues in India today. I engage myself actively in creating education opportunities for the economically disadvantaged and the underprivileged. During my time off work, I am involved in teaching science and languages to children and adults likewise.
Tell us about something you have learned from another culture.
Travel and extensive interaction with other cultures have opened up new perspectives to the changing lifestyles and business environments of the world. These experiences have also made me realize that the fundamental ‘need to express emotions’ in each of us remains the same irrespective of its specific manifestations in the form of art, music, language, etc.