Mumbai : The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Friday approved the appointment of Vikram Limaye, head of infrastructure lender IDFC, as the next managing director and chief executive of National Stock Exchange (NSE), subject to his resignation from a cricket committee.
The conditional approval from Sebi, announced by the NSE on Friday, comes four months after the country's largest bourse nominated Limaye for the post, an unusually long time. Sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters that Sebi had been concerned the executive's time would be split if he were to remain a member of a Supreme Court appointed committee to supervise the country's cricket body after a 2013 fixing scandal.
"Sebi has approved the appointment of Vikram Limaye as the MD and CEO of the National Stock Exchange of India, subject interalia to his being relieved from his BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) assignment," NSE said in a statement.
No specific date was provided for when Limaye would take over as CEO. The appointment of Limaye removes one of the key hurdles as NSE pursues a long-awaited initial public offering (IPO) that bankers say could raise as much as $1 billion.
NSE applied for the IPO in December, but Sebi has delayed that approval as well, as it probes the NSE's disclosure that some brokers may have been given unfair access to its servers.
Sources familiar with the matter told Reuters the exchange is pursuing a settlement of the probe, in hopes for winning Sebi's approval of the IPO.
NSE has been operating under an acting CEO after former head Chitra Ramkrishna unexpectedly resigned in December, citing personal reasons.