Adrian Andrade is CHRO and head-communications, IDFC First Bank

The appointment follows the merger of Capital First and IDFC Bank recently.


With the merger of IDFC Bank— which deals in wholesale financing and infrastructure financing— and Capital First— which deals in retail consumer and MSME financing— Adrian Adrande, the head-HR and administration at Capital First, has been appointed as chief human resources officer and head-communications of the composite entity, IDFC FIRST Bank.

Andrande is an experienced HR professional with expertise in relationship management, learning and talent development (technical and leadership), employee relations, reward and performance management, HR operations, mergers and acquisition and project management.

As CHRO, Andrande will be leading HR and corporate communications. Earlier, he was leading the HR and administration functions at Capital First. He has also spent 11 years at Standard Chartered Bank, where he headed HR for consumer bank (CB) risk, products, marketing and academy. He helped develop HR strategies aligned to the business/growth plan of consumer banking in India and the overall people agenda of the Bank. He successfully provided strategic HR inputs for achieving short and long-term business goals. Before that, Andrande headed HR for Standard Chartered Finance & Group Direct Sales, for four years. He was responsible for end-to-end HR, including rewards, employee relations, resourcing, service delivery (operations) and relationship management.

With his deep understanding of business, Andrande enjoy taking on roles that impact organisations as a whole. Learning and talent development is his forte, along with setting up systems/processes, change management, operations risk and organisational development. A graduate in commerce, accountancy and economics from the University of Mumbai, Andrande started his career as a butler at The Oberoi in 1987 before entering the banking sector as banking assistant – front office manager – relationship manager with ANZ Grindlays Bank in 1990.

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