Common Purpose / 5 December 2023

Common Purpose US welcomes Sunny Banerjea, Managing Director at FIS, as New Board Chairman

“I am excited as to what we can do working together - creating a society that is high performing, yet caring, gentle and nurturing at its core.”

Common Purpose, a leading global non-profit organization focused on leadership development, is thrilled to announce the appointment of current Board Director, Sunny Banerjea as the new Board Chairman.

Sunny’s long history of leadership - advising global leaders, working in the for-profit and non-profit sector globally and in the US - makes him ideally suited to lead Common Purpose efforts as Board Chairman as we seek to grow in the US.

“I feel very privileged to take on this role to help lead Common Purpose in the US. I have seen the excellent work done by Common Purpose globally and am eager to join hands with Group CEO Adirupa Sengupta and our Board as we work with world class organizations, developing leaders eager to solve complex problems around workplace equity, housing, education and income/wealth inequity” said Sunny Banerjea, Managing Director, FIS. “I am excited as to what we can do working together - creating a society that is high performing, yet caring, gentle and nurturing at its core.”

“I am very excited about Sunny’s appointment to this role. Common Purpose is at a very exciting point in its US journey, and to have an opportunity to work with Sunny, to help grow our presence here so that we can have a bigger impact at a societal, organizational, and individual level is something I am really looking forward to” said Adirupa Sengupta, Group CEO, Common Purpose. “Sunny’s strong commercial acumen yet deep commitment to matters of social justice means we will constantly challenge ourselves to understand and find ways to be more connected to the US context. I would also very much like to thank our current board, especially our outgoing chair Matt Epstein, for the incredible support over the years without which we would not have the foundations to build on as we look to the future.”

Common Purpose is excited about the future under the guidance of Sunny Banerjea. This appointment reflects our commitment to continued growth and innovation in the learning, training & leadership development space in the US. We look forward to achieving new milestones together.

About Sunny Banerjea

Sunny is currently Managing Director at FIS, a leading FinTech company in the US, with over $13 Billion in annual revenues. Prior to joining FIS, Sunny was the Managing Partner for the Management Consulting Practice at KPMG, where he was also the leader of their Financial Services practice and one of seven members of KPMG's Global Management Consulting Board. Prior to KPMG, Sunny worked with IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he held various leadership roles within the Financial Services Sector.

Sunny is a passionate believer in compassionate capitalism, democratizing capital raising, women entrepreneurship, and promoting fairness and equity in the workplace. He is a Co-Founder of TiE Dallas Angels and has been an active investor in tech, hotels and real estate companies through his investment fund. Sunny has successfully exited several of his investments and is an active mentor, Advisor to CEOs, Past President and Board Member of TiE Dallas (A Silicon Valley based non-profit which mentors, invests and nurtures start-ups). He is also a Past member of the Confederation of Indian Industry, Western Region (Mumbai) – the largest industry association in India and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation.

About Common Purpose

Common Purpose is a global nonprofit devoted to good leadership. Its mission is to develop people who can cross cultural, social, and institutional boundaries, both at work and in wider society. It does this by delivering compelling, surprising, and powerful leadership programmes & workshops. Rooted in the real-world. Both in-person and online. Programmes where people are having the real, purpose-driven conversations, the types of conversations we need to be having to bring about real change.

Founded in 1989 as a nonprofit social enterprise, Common Purpose now runs local programmes for leaders in cities across the world and global programmes for leaders from over 100 countries across six continents. Each year, 5,000 leaders become Common Purpose alumni.


For further information please contact:

David O’Connor

Director, Learning & Innovation

Common Purpose

M: +44 (0) 7305021758



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