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Website updated till 15 July 2018  

How do listed companies go about finding Independent Directors besides contacting persons known to them or through word-of-mouth? This limits the horizon.

How do thousands of professionals who are competent and willing to become Independent Directors let the listed companies know about themselves and get invited? now provides the answers. This is a free-of-charge platform both for the professionals to submit their profiles in an easy-to-fill format and for the listed companies to reach them through a simple search mechanism.

Special Focus on
Women Professionals
If you are a professional seeking directorships...

If you are a professional and wish to be considered for Independent Directorship of listed companies, you can enrol free-of-charge here. Complete confidentiality is provided. Your name will be displayed only to the listed companies and only if you so desire. (Your name or profile will not be displayed to the public or to the other professionals).

First Time Visitors

If you wish to create your profile, you first need to obtain a Password. Click here to obtain a Password.

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If you are a listed company, this website provides you with a huge pool of professionals that you may consider for inducting as Independent Directors; professionals who would add value to your Company and to your public image. Instead of browsing through hundreds of long CVs, you can tailor your search by using a set of parameters(click for sample)

First Time Visitors

Access to this free-of-charge facility is available only to the listed companies. Click here to first obtain a Password.

If you have already obtained the
Password from us and now wish to search
the database of professionals,
enter your
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A total of 22909 professionals have enrolled
  Analysis of 16479 profiles already hosted on this website available for search by listed companies  
622 are/were civil servants
786 are IIM graduates
276 are/were professors at IITs/IIMs/IISc
1441 are graduates from foreign universities (including Harvard, Wharton, Kellog and Stanford)
1303 hold Doctorates
4737 are Chartered Accountants, 2053 are Company Secretaries, 798 are Cost Accountants
2654 are Lawyers and 213 are Medical Doctors
4765 are Engineers of which 1200 are from IITs, 207 from BITS and 83 from ITBHU
616 are already holding 1004 independent directorships on listed companies
85% have more than 10 years experience
89% have decided to disclose their names
Citywise analysis of professionals
Retired/existing Chairman/CMD of
Canara Bank, Dena Bank, CIBIL, EXIM Bank, Federal Bank, IDBI, IFCI, Lakshmi Vilas Bank, New India Assurance, NHB, PNB, PSB, SBICAP, UCO Bank, United Bank Of India
BEML, CMC, Coal India, Cochin Shipyard, FACT, Goa Shipyard, Hindustan Insecticides, Hindustan Latex, Hindustan Photo Films, HMT, IDPL, Lubrizol, MDNL, MSEB, MTNL, NALCO, NFL, Paradeep Phosphates, PEC, RCF, STC, WCL
Retired /existing Managing Directors of
BOB Cards, BSE, Canbank Investment, CDSL, Centurion Bank, ICICI Venture Funds, LIC, State Bank of Hyderabad, SBI, State Bank of Mysore, UTI Securities
Akzo Nobel, Bakelite Hylam, Berger Paints, Birla Yamaha, Business India, Carrier Aircon, Delphi Automotives, Eicher, Electrolux Kelvinator, GEC Alstom,GHCL, Haldia Petrochemicals, Hindustan Dorr Oliver, Mangalore Chemicals, Mukand, Otis Elevator, Singer, Spectrum Power, SOL Pharmaceuticals
HAL, Hotel Corp., HPCL, Indian Oil Panipat Power Consortium, Mumbai Railway Vikas, SAIL

+ several retired IAS officers, UN experts, Army Generals/Air Marshalls, IT Commissioners, Ministers, Ambassadors and even one Governor

Profiles of another 6430 professionals are presently under processing

For better corporate governance, the need for Independent Directors is recognized the world over. Independent Directors in India too now have substantive role and responsibilities; simultaneously, the Companies Act now allows a reasonably good remuneration to the Independent Directors.      


Most of the listed companies, out of 9000, were required to comply with Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement by 31 December 2005, which mandates that Independent Directors should constitute 50% of their Boards; otherwise the defaulting companies will have to face severe penalties. An estimate puts the requirement of Independent Directors at over 30,000. website launch by Shri M. Damodaran, Chairman SEBI, on 14 September 2005(Photos).
Press Release about the launch
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