Naazish Hossain

Product Head - Merchant Acquiring at Kotak Mahindra Bank

Mumbai, IN

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Payments SME with diverse experience in Product, Business Development, Portfolio and Alliances. Key focus areas include P&L management, product development, product launches, pricing and negotiations, service delivery and client excellence.

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Affordability programs
Merchant Acquiring
Credit Cards
Debit Cards
Prepaid Cards
Unified Payments Interface(UPI)
Digital Payments
Work experience

Sep 2020 - Present

SVP & Product Head for Merchant Acquiring

Mar 2020 - Jul 2020

Product Head - Merchant Acquiring

Leading the product enhancements and innovations at Unimoni with focus on India and GCC markets.

Mar 2018 - Mar 2020

Lead - Merchant Acquiring and Cards

Architect of the strategic roadmap for the Merchant Acquiring business Also launched the bank’s Debit Card product with RuPay and Visa Launched Prepaid Cards program in partnership with RuPay Partnership focus to create a differentiated offering in the market in both Merchant Acquiring and Prepaid Cards Engaging with Card networks to identify and co-create niche solutions

Dec 2016 - Feb 2018

DVP & Product Head, Small Business Banking

Ownership of business P/L – exploring opportunities to enhance profitability Leveraging banking relationships across CA, Affluent Channels, Merchant Acquiring and Corporate Banking to grow organically Growing acquisition through digital channels Launching new product variants to cater to specific segments Developing products based on fintech partnerships across the ecosystem

Jan 2015 - Nov 2016

AVP, Cards Product

Managing the Citibank Cash Back Card and Shoppers Stop co-brand with P&L ownership. Responsible for marketing investment decisions including campaigns, branding, promotions, communication and customer engagement. Managing partner relationship with focus on deliverables around branding, acquisitions, usage campaigns and product enhancements. Driving new acquisitions and activation/usage through third party alliances and internal resources. Involved in developing a new product with focus on designing the customer value proposition, negotiating terms with partners, internal stakeholder management, technology enhancement and acquisition roadmap.

Aug 2011 - Dec 2014

Citibank N.A.

AVP, Merchant Acquiring

Managing Key Accounts across categories like Retail, Airlines, Telecom, Insurance, Fuel among others. Responsible for growing the portfolio quality and profitability through targeted acquisitions and revision of commercial arrangements. Focusing on growth through new age products and concepts like Mobile POS and Instant Rewards which contribute to the bottomline. Involved in the creation of a dynamic and iconic brand with multiple customer engagement touch points. Instrumental in turning around the Merchant portfolio in West and making it a profitable segment for the business. Ensured 100% compliance with regulator mandates on EMV & PIN@POS. Completed smooth migration to the new platform within the mandated deadlines.


May 2007 - Aug 2011

Axis Bank

Manager, Portfolio and New Initiatives, Merchant Acquiring

This role involved driving the growth of the PCPOS channel with the aim of making it the primary channel of Acquiring for the business in terms of high volume Merchants. As the Portfolio Manager for platinum relationships, I was responsible for profitability across the portfolio. Additionally, I had a 3 member team under me focusing on driving New Initiatives and Technical and Business projects for the business like Unattended POS, CUG Cards acceptance, leveraging third party VAS network for growing Installed Base, and ensuring that all developments are done as per business and regulatory requirements. I have been the Product Manager for Spice Rewards, Axis Bank's merchant loyalty initiative. As product manager, I was responsible for product design, sales, and promotional planning. I have also been the the Product Manager for Merchant EMI and have been involved in closing major EMI deals with Levis India, Future Group, Hypercity among others.


2003 - 2005


Content developer


2005 - 2007

Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode

PGDM, Marketing

1999 - 2002

University of Calcutta

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.)

1987 - 1999

Don Bosco Park Circus

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