The Centre on Friday appointed ISB Hyderabad academician Krishnamurthy Subramanian as Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) for a period of three years. The post of CEA fell vacant in July when Arvind Subramanaian resigned ahead of the end of his extended tenure in October.
“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Dr Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Associate Professor at ISB, Hyderabad, to the post of CEA,” said a Government notification. His appointment will be for a period of three years, it said. An IIT-IIM alumnus, Subramanian holds PhD (Financial Economics) from Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, US.
The key responsibilities of the CEA include providing policy inputs on industrial development and foreign trade, conducting analysis of trends in industrial production and releasing statistical information on key economic indicators. It could not be ascertained immediately when the new CEA would assume office.
According to the ISB website, Subramanian is one of the leading experts in banking, corporate governance and economic policy. He has served on the expert committees on Corporate Governance for the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and on Governance of Banks for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
Besides, he was a member of SEBI’s standing committees on Alternative Investment Policy, Primary Markets, Secondary Markets and Research. He is also on the boards of Bandhan Bank, the National Institute of Bank Management, and the RBI Academy.
Before beginning his academic career, the website said Subramanian worked as a consultant with JPMorgan Chase in New York. In previous academic roles, he served on the finance faculty at Goizueta Business School at Emory University in the United States.
He obtained his MBA and PhD in Financial Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business under the advice of Professor Luigi Zingales and Professor Raghuram Rajan (former CEA and RBI Governor).
The appointment of an ISB faculty member to a very important office in the Government of India “is very prestigious and something we all should be proud of”, ISB dean Rajendra Srivastava said. Subramanian’s association with ISB started with a visiting appointment in 2009 and joined ISB in 2010 as Assistant Professor in the Finance area, he added.
Srivastava said more recently, in 2017, Subramanian was appointed the Executive Director of the Centre for Analytical Finance. The Economic Survey of India is also compiled and released by the CEA.
Arvind Subramanian assumed the role in October 2014 and stayed beyond the usual three-year term at the request of union minister Arun Jaitley.