Meet the people who are backbone and the pillar of support for everything we do at Antara.
Tara Singh Vachani
As Executive Chairman of Antara Senior Living, Tara’s aim is to give a new dimension to senior living in India. She is also the Non – Executive Director on the Board of Max India Ltd. and oversees future business initiatives at Max Group.
Tara is also Chairperson of Max Learning Ventures and sits on the boards of Vana Estates Ltd. and the Leeu Collection. As a Managing Trustee of Max India Foundation, she oversees Max Group’s social responsibility efforts. Tara is a 2020 member of ‘Young Global Leaders’, a part of the reputed World Economic Forum. Tara takes personal and collective responsibility for a sustainable future. Through the guiding principles of Authenticity, Generosity, Impact and Respect, she helps role model a way for many others to follow. With an extensive education and experience across the world, and as a keen learner throughout her journey at Max Group, Tara has imbibed the values of Sevabhav, Excellence and Credibility. A natural leader, she represents the dynamic new cadre of young women entrepreneurs in India. A globetrotter, she’s deeply rooted in India by her love for family and country. A super-organized, detail-oriented perfectionist, nothing misses her eye. Tara loves travelling, reading, theatre and is always looking for new experiences.
MD & CEO
As the MD & CEO Rajit spearheads the operations & future growth strategy for Antara Senior Living. Additionally, given his diverse professional experience he also heads Max India’s growth initiatives and is the advisor to Max Group’s Human Capital function.
Rajit is also a Non-Executive Director at Max Life Insurance and Max SkillFirst. Till recently, Rajit was the MD & CEO of Max Healthcare. During his 5 years’ stint, the company doubled its revenue and earnings (EBITDA). Earlier, Rajit was a founder member of Max Life Insurance where he played an instrumental role in the company becoming a highly admired and profitable insurer. Prior to Max Life, he was the Director – Personnel at Bank of America and has also worked with HCL. Rajit is a graduate in Commerce, postgraduate in Human Resources and has attended an Advanced Management Program at INSEAD – France. He is the recipient of the Chairman’s Award for Excellence at Max Life Insurance.
Chief Financial Officer
Ajay spearheads the Finance function and is our go- to for all Finance, Accounts and Growth Initiatives. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience in various aspects of finance, taxation and accounts.
Ajay has held a string of prestigious positions prior to joining Antara. He was CFO of Vipul Ltd. and before that with Ernst and Young. Ajay runs a lean and mean finance operation for us and is a master of the money business!
Director – Human Capital & Special Initiatives
Ambica steers the Human Capital and Special Initiatives function at Antara. She also plays a strategic role in maintaining and strengthening the Antara values and culture.
Ambica has done her Senior Executive Management from Indian School of Business and is a graduate in Commerce with a post-graduate diploma in Business Administration from ITM, Mumbai. She has previously worked for Kalpataru Constructions, Mercer Consulting and Essar group. Ambica is an approachable person who gives a fair hearing to everyone and makes sure to never let her point of view go unheard.
General Manager – Community Operations
Ashish has over 17 years of hospitality industry experience with a track record of creating strong teams and an environment where team members are engaged and feel empowered.
He plays a vital role in driving brand values, resident and guest satisfaction, performances, financial success, team engagement and quality in service. Prior to his assignment as General Manager, Ashish provided his valuable insight to organizations like The Jaypee Group of Hotels Palaces & Resorts, The Leela Group of Hotels Palaces & Resorts, Taj Group of Hotels Palaces and Resorts, Deccan Chronicle Holdings, and Hygreeva Group of Hotels and Resorts.
Head – IT
Badar spearheads the IT function with focus on setting up the entire IT operations. He has almost 15 years of experience in Information Technology, Communications and Computer Applications.
He has done his MBA in Information Technology and Post-Graduation and Graduation in Computer Applications, from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. In his last assignment he was associated with Lemon Tree Hotels Ltd, as Deputy General Manager – Information Technology (Corporate). Prior to this assignment, he has worked with organizations like ITC – Fortune Park Hotels Ltd, DLF Recreational Foundation and Radisson Hotel. Badar is an ardent technology enthusiast, always ready to reinvent.
A LLB from Delhi University, ACS from ICSI & Bachelor of Commerce, Deepa has over 17 years of experience in the area of Compliances and Legal. In her last assignment Deepa was associated with Akme Projects Limited and in this role she was working as Head – Legal and compliance.
Prior to this she was associated with Hemant Sahai Associates, Dua Associates, DSK Legal, Chatterji Associates and Hindustan Lever Limited. She is a daring futurist who can see beyond words and always finds loopholes that no one can see.
Director – Program Management
Kenneth is a founder member of Antara Senior Living. His key responsibilities are to evolve and establish the Brand Antara while creating meaningful relationships with its future residents.
Kenneth has been an integral part of the Max India Group since 2001. He has been associated with Max Life as Director & Chief Distribution Officer. Kenneth has held several leadership positions with Eureka Forbes, ATCO, Modi Hoover, EasyCall and Singer International. A fearless leader who leads by example and makes sure everyone laughs in the process, Kenneth loves playing golf and travelling with family in his free time.
Head – Marketing & Communications
Renuka heads Branding & Communications function at Antara. She leads the strategic marketing communications which is focused at enhancing the Brand and maintaining its reputation. She is also responsible for defining and driving the brand to a range of stakeholders, tailoring messaging and developing marketing campaigns and activities.
A Masters in International Business & Bachelor of Commerce, Renuka has worked with Mary Kay Cosmetics, The Times of India Group and American Express. You will never see Renuka without a smile on her face or without a positive approach to everything that crosses her path.
Director – Community Development
A CA by profession and a Commerce Graduate, Sanjay has over 27 years of experience in the area of Strategic Initiatives, Revenue Generation and Sales.
Sanjay has been a part of the Max family, for over 15 years and in his last role he was working as Vice President and Head – Strategic Initiatives, Max Life Insurance. He has a bundle of knowledge, and knows something about everything.
Head – Strategy & Growth Alliances
Leading the Strategy and Growth Alliances function at Antara, Vaibhav plays an active role in driving the overall business strategy, forging new growth alliances, strengthening governance and creating a strong capability on BPMA (Business Performance Management and Analytics). In addition, he also anchors key strategic initiatives, new business evaluation and governance activities of various operating companies at the Max Group level. In his professional career spanning over 16 years, he has successfully led teams in the areas of corporate & business strategy, board governance, change management, sales management and growth initiatives in the past.
Having completed his MBA program from ISB, Hyderabad with a Dean’s list honour, Vaibhav has received multiple accolades for his work at Max, including the prestigious Max Group Chairman’s Award in 2015 and Porter Prize for Excellence in Governance and Corporate Integration in 2014. Vaibhav is a keen learner and strives to achieve excellence in whatever he does!
VAIBHAV V. PODDAR
Sr. Director / Head – Antara Assisted Care Services Ltd
Vaibhav is a contemporary business leader with competencies in setting-up businesses, strategy, innovation and people management.
At Antara, he leads Antara Assisted Care Services, our new line of businesses – Antara Care Homes, Antara Care at Home and Antara MedCare products.
He has been with the Max Group for over eight years across various roles. Prior to joining Antara he was an Executive Vice President with Max Healthcare Ltd. Prior to Max Group, Vaibhav had spent five years with McKinsey & Company Vaibhav has completed his masters from JBIMS in Mumbai, where he was the founder and chair of the Entrepreneurship Cell. He graduated from Mumbai University as an Engineer. Personally he enjoys adventure, including car rallying, running, cooking and coaching – he is a visiting faculty at a leading B-school in India. He is married to Nidhi, who is a chartered accountant with a Big 4.