Eric Hautefeuille

Chief Operations Officer

Eric Hautefeuille has a career spanning almost three decades at senior level in the banking sector. He spent 24 years at Société Générale whereby he worked in various countries namely in Europe, Asia and Africa. During his tenure, he successively held the positions of Chief Information Officer and Project Director in Cameroon (1997-2000) and in Tahiti (2000-2005), Project Director in Russia (2005-2007), Head of Operations and Deputy Chief Operating Officer in China (2007-2011), Chief Operating Officer (COO) in India (2011-2014) and Head of Transversal Operations in France (2014-2015). Prior to joining Bank One as COO in October 2020, Eric held the positions of COO and Head of Transformation at BNI Madagascar (2015-2020). He was instrumental in developing the BNI footprint, particularly on mobile, cards and payments businesses and branchless digital microfinance.

Valerie Duval

Head of Legal

Valerie Duval has over two decades of significant experience in the finance sector. After having held senior leadership positions in the insurance industry over 13 years with Swan Insurance Co Ltd and La Prudence Mauricienne Ltd (now known as Mauritius Union), Valerie is now the Head of Legal at Bank One since the last 14 years. She has been instrumental into setting up a strong and skilled legal division for the Bank. Her expertise ranges from advising Bank One on all legal aspects relating to the affairs and operations of the Bank to providing strategic legal support to all Lines of Business and Functions. She has acquired extensive and sound skills in analysing, structuring and negotiating sophisticated transactions and also assisted in successful recovery of assets both locally and internationally.

Valerie holds a Law degree from the University of Mauritius and is a Barrister at Law in Mauritius (sworn in 1995). She completed several leadership and management programs over the years with various training institutions locally and abroad. She is a member of the Mauritius Bar Association and a Fellow member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors and the Vice- President of the Mauritian NGO Terrain for Interactive Pedagogy through Arts (TIPA). She was recognized as Africa Women Leaders by CMO Asia 2018 Edition and Pioneering Woman Leader at the 6th World Women Leadership Congress and Awards in February 2019.

Rishyraj (Rishy) Lutchman

Head of Treasury

Rishy Lutchman is a seasoned banker with over 30 years in the Treasury field. He holds an ACI Diploma, a PGCE in derivatives & financial products and a BBA from the Management College of Southern Africa. Before joining Bank One in February 2014, he worked for 26 years within the Treasury division of the State Bank of Mauritius Ltd (SBM), where he covered different desks, including sales, interbank and fixed income. There he acquired a comprehensive knowledge of the Mauritian and Malagasy markets.

Ranjit Prakash Gokarn

Interim Chief Risk Officer

Ranjit Gokarn has been a career banker with the HSBC Group for 32 years, during which time he held senior leadership roles in 10 countries including the UK, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In his more senior roles, Ranjit was Chief Risk Officer for HSBC India & HSBC Singapore, Chief Operating Officer for HSBC Turkey & HSBC Malta, and Senior Executive Continental Europe, based in Paris. He was also an HSBC nominated Board Director for HSBC Bank Armenia and main Board Director for HSBC Bank Malta Ltd. Prior to joining Bank One, he was Global Chief Control Officer for HSBC’s Global Private Bank, based in London. In his early career with the HSBC Group, Ranjit also worked in Japan and the United Arab Emirates. He joined Bank One in August 2022.

Ranjit holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India and a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class) from the University of Mumbai, India. 

Ranjeevesingh (Ranjeeve) Gowreesunkur

Chief Financial Officer

Ranjeeve Gowreesunkur joined Bank One in 2008 as Financial Accountant bringing with him more than 20 years of extensive banking experience having worked in various senior positions at Union Bank, Delphis Bank, First City Bank, SBI (Mauritius) and Deutsche Bank (Mauritius). After acting as Head of Finance for six years, he was subsequently promoted as Chief Financial Officer in 2014.

Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a registered Professional Accountant with the Mauritius Institute of Professional Accountants, Ranjeeve also holds an MBA with Finance from Herriot Watt University.

Priscilla Mutty

Head of Human Resources

With over 25 years of experience in the human resource field, Priscilla is a seasoned Human Resources professional. She holds a Master in ‘Administration d’Entreprises’ from the University of Poitiers, France. Priscilla received The Women of Wonder Award Mauritius 2018 and was conferred the 101 Most Influential Global HR Leaders by the World HR Congress.

Prior to joining Bank One, Priscilla has worked across regional and global corporations such as DCDM Consulting (Managed by Accenture) where she was responsible for HR-related consultancy assignments for a portfolio of clients in various industries including banking. Her assignments were conducted both in Mauritius and regionally (i.e. Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana and Djibouti, among others). From 2011 to 2014, she headed the HR department at Bramer Bank before moving to GroFin in January 2015, a development financier specialized in financing and supporting small and growing businesses (SGBs) with 16 offices across Africa and the Middle East, as its Chief HR Officer. Priscilla joined the Bank in December 2017 as Head of HR.

John Alfred (Kenny) Morton

Head of Regulatory Affairs

Kenny Morton is an experienced Compliance Executive within the Compliance Risk discipline having had exposure across various jurisdictions. Kenny spent 19 years at Nedbank in South Africa, holding various roles within the organization. Prior to joining Bank One he was the Executive Head: Compliance, Governance and Ethics at Nedbank Africa.

Kenny is an accredited Ethics Officer and is a member of the Compliance Institute of Southern Africa as well as the Ethics Institute, holding qualifications in Compliance Risk Management, Anti-Money Laundering and Ethics through the University of Johannesburg and University of Stellenbosch respectively. Kenny joined Bank One in April 2021.

Guillaume Passebecq

Head of Private Banking & Wealth Management

Guillaume Passebecq is an International School of Management (IDRAC) graduate who has spent his entire career in the banking sector. He started off as a Portfolio Manager at B* capital Paris, the BNP Paribas brokerage house in 1999. In 2007, he was appointed as Head of Sales at BNP Paribas Personal Investors Luxembourg. He joined AfrAsia Bank in 2014 and was subsequently appointed as Head of Private Banking. 

Guillaume joined Bank One as the Head of Private Banking in March 2017. He brought along the needed expertise to uplift the Private Banking offer. Following the setting up of the International Custody Platform, Securities Services and the External Wealth Managers Desk, our clients, both high-net-worth and institutional now have the tools for their wealth management experience. The Bank’s array of clients has also been widened to accommodate Asset Managers, Investment Funds, Pension Funds, Family Offices and Financial Intermediaries through a one stop shop and open architecture model.

Fareed Soobadar

Head of Corporate Banking

Fareed Soobadar is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Accountants (UK) – FCCA, a member of the London Institute of Banking and Finance (UK) – ACIB and the holder of an MBA from Durham Business School – Durham University. He has more than 20 years of work experience in the financial services industry, having worked in auditing, accounting, offshore, and HP financing, including 15 years of banking experience at senior management level. He held key positions in organisations such as KPMG, Deloitte, HSBC, AAMIL, as Credit Director at Barclays and, before joining Bank One, as Corporate Director at Banque des Mascareignes. He also had international exposure with ABSA, Barclays Dubai, and Barclays Africa, where he worked principally in the credit field. Fareed was appointed Head of Corporate Banking of Bank One Limited in February 2015.

Carl Stephen Chirwa

Head of International Banking

Carl Chirwa is a seasoned Pan-African banking executive with a special focus on corporate banking, structured trade and commodity finance, project finance and financial advisory services. He has developed deep networks on the subcontinent through 20 years of proven track record of origination, structuring and executing of large ticket strategic transactions across a wide variety of sectors in over 26 African countries.

A Fellow Chartered Accountant with a BSc Applied Accounting, Carl was previously Head of Trade Finance at Citi for the Sub Saharan Africa region. Carl joined Bank One in September 2018.

Bhavya Shah

Head of Personal Financial Services

Bhavya Shah brings nearly two decades of retail banking experience with deep international business exposure across Asia, Europe and America. Over this period, he has played key roles in strategy, customer propositions, digital and innovation, customer experience, product management and marketing. Before moving to Bank One, Bhavya was working for HSBC Group where his last role was that of Global Head of Retail Propositions, Wealth & Personal Banking. He holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Delhi, a Bachelor in Science from the University of London and a Bachelor in Commerce from the University of Calcutta. Bhavya joined Bank One in June 2021 as Head of Personal Financial Services.