Management team

Mark Watkinson

Chief Executive Officer

Mark Watkinson has been a career banker with the HSBC Group for 33 years, during which time he held senior leadership roles in 10 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In particular, Mark was CEO and Main Board Director for HSBC Bank Bermuda Limited (2015-2018), CEO and Main Board Director for HSBC Bank Malta Ltd (2011-2015), Executive Vice President Commercial Banking Canada and North America (2010-2011), President and CEO for HSBC Bank Philippines (2006-2010), Senior Vice President Commercial Banking HSBC Bank USA (2004-2006) and Senior Manager Commercial Banking HSBC Bank United Arab Emirates (2001-2004).

Mark holds a law degree and is a Barrister at Law in the United Kingdom, he is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, holds a MBA (with Distinctions) from the University of Warwick and is also a qualified Chartered Director from the Institute of Directors, United Kingdom. Mark was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIoD) in July 2020 and Deputy Chairman of the Mauritius Bankers Association (MBA) in August 2020.

Ranjeevesingh (Ranjeeve) Gowreesunkur

Chief Financial Officer

Ranjeeve 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.

Stephen Vlok

Chief Risk Officer

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Commerce degree specializing in Financial Management. Stephen is also a certified member of the Institute of Bankers of South Africa and obtained an Associate Diploma from the Institute. Before joining Bank One, Stephen has had twenty years’ experience in risk management in the South African banking and investment industries. Stephen joined the Bank in November 2014 as Chief Risk Officer.

Valerie Duval

Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs

Valerie is a versatile executive with 23 years of diversified experience. She comes with a unique mix of experience in a senior leadership position in the General insurance sector and as Head of Legal and Credit Administration in the banking sector. Her expertise ranges from handling high level claims for key general insurers of the market such as the then La Prudence Mauricienne Assurances Ltd and Swan Insurance Co Ltd to advising Bank One on all legal aspects pertaining to the affairs of the Bank including recovery of assets in foreign jurisdictions in complex matters of significant importance.

Called to the bar in 1995, Valerie joined Bank One’s Executive Committee since 2008 and acquired in depth exposure and expertise in banking operations and legal matters. She has been appointed as Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs since September 2019.

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 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 Sahara Africa region. Carl joined Bank One in September 2018.

Guillaume Passebecq

Head of Private Banking & Wealth Management

Guillaume 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 with a strong focus on the European market and was subsequently appointed as Head of Private Banking. Guilllaume joined Bank One in March 2017 and brings with him a wealth of experience in dealing with High Net Worth individuals.

Priscilla Mutty

Head of Human Resources

With over 20 years of experience in the human resource field, Priscilla is a seasoned Human Resources professional who is skilled at partnering with senior management teams to develop and execute strategic HR plans aligned with organizational objectives. She brings to the table her expertise in managing the full employee life-cycle and engaging with employees. She holds a Master in ‘Administration d’Entreprises’ from the University of Poitiers, France.

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, 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.

Priscilla received The Women of Wonder Award Mauritius 2018. This patented Award is granted in recognition and appreciation to women who are constantly striving to uplift as well as inspire and empower themselves and other women. She has also been conferred the 101 Most Influential Global HR Leaders by the World HR Congress.

Shehryar Bakht Ali

Head of Retail Banking

Shehryar is a seasoned banker with over 16 years of experience at Citibank, Barclays and more recently Mashreq Bank Egypt as Head of Assets and Personal Banking. Shehryar is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin in Computer Sciences. Over his career, Shehryar has successfully led Credit Cards Issuing/Acquiring, E-commerce, Personal Loans, Personal Banking and SME Business. Shehryar joined Bank One as Head of Retail Banking in May 2018.

Rishyraj Lutchman

Head of Treasury

Rishy holds an ACI Diploma and a BBA from Management College of Southern Africa. Before Joining Bank One in February 2014, he worked for 26 years in the Treasury division of the State Bank of Mauritius, where he covered different desks such as sales, interbank and fixed income and acquired a comprehensive knowledge of the Mauritian and Malagasy market. Rishy held the post of Chief Dealer prior to leaving SBM.