BoB chief faces these challenges ahead of merger with Vijaya, Dena Bank

PS Jayakumar| PS Jayakumar came on board as managing director and chief executive officer of Bank of Baroda (BoB) in October 2015 after a successful stint as an entrepreneur running housing finance and affordable housing companies
| Like all banks chiefs, Jayakumar also faced challenges like recognising and recovering bad loans. However, the bank had minimum exposure to big-ticket NPAs in the steel and infrastructure segments
| He started with some advantages – BoB had a good brand image and conducive work culture
| This helped him focus on developing long-term plans and capabilities. The bank is building category-wise platforms for channel financing of SME and agriculture credit
| He did a review of the bank’s international business and is now involved in rationalising the branch network
| He firmly believes that although BoB is a public sector bank, a lot can be done internally without government intervention
| BoB has put in efforts on skill and knowledge development as well as rolling out a succession plan by grooming managers for higher positionsAs someone who will pilot the merger of BoB with Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank, Jayakumar faces three challenges:
| Ensuring fair valuation while deciding the swap ratio for merger
| Coming up with a collective leadership plan for harmonious integration of diverse cultures of the three banks
| Rationalising branch network across banks to save cost and accrue valueBoB chief faces these challenges ahead of merger with Vijaya, Dena Bank
Source: Business Standard