John Pulinthanam (60), was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of ITC effective May 16, 2018, representing the General Insurers' (Public Sector) Association of India. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics and is an MBA from Kerala University, in addition to being a Fellow of the Insurance Institute of India.
Pulinthanam has more than 37 years of experience in general insurance industry. He joined The New India Assurance Company Limited as a Direct Recruit Officer in 1981 and gained rich experience in administration, management and core insurance matters, while working in various capacities in Branch / Divisional Offices, Regional Offices and the Head Office. He was the Managing Director of Tanzindia Assurance Company Limited in Tanzania, East Africa, for four years. In 2009, he was posted to National Insurance Company Limited (NIC) and was heading its Bengaluru Regional Office, before being elevated to the post of General Manager in 2013. He was the Wholetime Director of NIC from June 2017 to August, 2019 and also served as its Officiating Chairman-cum-Managing Director (Joint In-charge) for few months.