President and CEO, Walmart IndiaA long-term retail professional with global retail experience, IRF 2016 Chairman Krish Iyer brings significant management and leadership experience to his present role at Walmart India. Krish has over three decades of rich experience in varied fields such as finance, marketing, retail & general management. In the field of retail, he has gained significant experience over the last sixteen years in various countries such as Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and USA in addition to India.
He joined Walmart International as a Senior Vice President in 2012. Prior to this, he served as Managing Director, A.S. Watson Group, a leading international health, beauty and lifestyle retailer. During his six years tenure at A.S. Watson Group, Krish handled the business in Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines as Managing Director, and as Regional Business Development Director and Regional Director of Store Design and Development for Asia and eastern Europe.
Prior to that, Krish was Managing Director and CEO of Piramyd Retail Limited. He started as Executive Director and CEO of Piramyd Retail in April 1999. During his 7.5 years tenure, Krish was also CEO of Retail Business of Piramal Enterprises comprising of Shopping Malls, Department Stores, Supermarkets and Entertainment Centres & Managing Director of Piramyd Retail. He successfully concluded an IPO in December 2005. During this period he was also a member of several industry associations, notable among them being the role of Founding Member of Retailers Association of India. He is currently a member of the advisory board of Enactus India, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. He is also the chairperson of FICCI Retail & Internal Trade Committee and a member of the CII committee on MNCs.
Krish has a Bachelor’s of Commerce (Hons.) degree from the University of Mumbai, India. He is a Chartered Accountant and an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
Head, IT Strategy and Project Governance, Arvind Limited.With his expertise of driving operational excellence through IT and process innovations, Abel Correa has been associated with Arvind Limited for several years. Prior to joining Arvind Ltd, Abel had three years of experience as Vice President - Product Development at JDA Software India Pvt. Ltd.
Abel’s long stint of 22 years in IT includes working in companies such as Red Prairie Technologies Pvt ltd, Future Supply Chain Solutions Ltd, Kale Consultants and Piramyd Retail. Abel brings to the table his vast knowledge of the retail industry and experience in successful implementation of IT solutions to drive business performance at various levels. He brings with him expert knowledge of hardware equipment and IT services. He has used this expertise to spot the right vendors for providing the requisite technology and services for efficient running of the business.
Head - IT, Godrej Nature’s Basket LtdAbhijeet has 12 years experience in the area of technology, across sectors such as retail, real estate and manufacturing. After successful stints with Provogue India Limited, Equinox Realty and Infrastructure Pvt Ltd (ESSAR), he is currently the Head of IT at Godrej Nature’s Basket.Some of his key achievements at Godrej Nature’s Basket are: streamlining the backend process mapping in SAP, upgrading the POS software and initiation of Business Analytics Tools for supply chain-logistics.
Top 5 priorities for Abhijeet for 2016-2018 are building a single customer experience across channels, integrating methodologies to manage co-existence of multiple disparate systems used in retail, data security and fraud protection, up-skilling people and getting organizations digitally savvy and embracing the cloud and cloud services.
According to Abhijeet , top 3 challenges retailers will face from a Tech POV are the challenge is to get more and more value out of technologies ensuring we are spending our limited resources in the ways that improve overall offer to the consumers, keeping pace with new technology evolution in order toprovide the customer with cutting edge shopping experience and retailers will have to undergo accelerated technological innovation in order to achieve profitable differentiation.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, OLIVE BAR AND KITCHEN PVT LTDAD Singh is a known name in the fields of leisure and restaurants. Over the last twenty years, he has been at the forefront of the hospitality industry of the country. His existing restaurants and new ventures are well recognized and have received much critical acclaim, bolstering the credibility and goodwill of the Olive umbrella. He is credited with the introduction of international cuisines and restaurant concepts hitherto unseen in India.
Born in Delhi in 1960, AD moved to Bombay for academic pursuits. He attended school at Cathedral and John Connon, followed by Jai Hind and St Xavier’s College. A scholarship to study Electrical Engineering at Lafayette College, took him to the United States.
AD made his restaurant business debut in 1990 with Just Desserts, a jazz café that served only coffee and desserts. Filling a huge void in the casual dining space, the restaurant was a success and was described by India Today as the ‘phenomenon of the nineties’. In 1993, AD worked with Jazz musicians and used Jazz as a property to market and develop the Guest Line Hotel and the Ripon Club. This period also saw a series of seaside jazz events that are remembered even today. 1995 saw AD conceptualize and create the very successful Jazz by the Bay for the Narang Group. In 1996 he opened Copa Cabaana the hugely popular Latin American bar in Bombay that is also credited with introducing Tapas to Bombay.
In 1998, he opened Soul Kadi and Soul Fry, which serve home-style coastal cuisine in an international cafe setting. The latter opened to rave reviews in South Bombay recently.
The Bowling Company, opened in 1999, set the standards for leisure in this country. In a sense, AD changed the perception of Central Mumbai to an up-market entertainment destination, and along with Alyque Padamsee, has been instrumental in the growth and success of this part of the city. In 2000, The Bowling Company underwent a successful private placement.
In the same year, AD Singh launched The Olive Bar and Kitchen which was voted as one of Bombay’s top five and India’s top 20 restaurants by an Outlook survey. This was followed by the opening of Suzie Wong, Bombay’s first floating bar – off Marine Drive.
In his first foray out of Mumbai in 2003, AD opened the Olive Bar and Kitchen in New Delhi, which was selected among the ‘best new restaurants in the world’. (Conde Nast Traveler Annual Hotlist 2004).
In 2005, the brand expanded with the launch of Olive Beach in Bangalore. Now in its 10th year, the restaurant and bar set in an elegant old villa transforms itself to bring forth a stunning new experience with a new alfresco lounge bar and a spacious yet intimate dining space.
Over the years, under the leadership of AD, Olive has grown into much more than a restaurant, becoming a way of life, a melting pot where life imitates art, and often, the other way around.
Having opened its doors several times to the art, fashion and literary fraternity in the past, AD’s vision for the Olive brand is committed to creating and hosting events that serve as platforms to showcase different forms – always celebrated amid fun, laughter, cocktails and conversation. This has contributed to Olive becoming one of the most popular and best-loved restaurant brands in the country, winning numerous awards and accolades across Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.
Over the years, AD Singh has sought to constantly steer the Olive brand further in his quest for bringing forth a warm, cosy dining experience of high standards for its patrons.
Since 1990 he has encouraged the growth of the ‘stand alone’ restaurant business in India, giving it direction, confidence, leadership and definition.
Olive Bistro embodies the spirit of Olive in a more affordable and casual avatar. In mid 2013 Olive Bistro opened in Hyderabad followed by Gurgaon at the end of 2013. In 2015 Olive Bistro opened in Goregaon, Mumbai.
Other ventures by AD Singh under the Olive umbrella include Guppy by ai that opened in New Delhi in August 2013 in a lovely new space as a contemporary Japanese bar whose kitchen is a playful wonderland in a modern setting. Guppy by ai has now arrived in Mumbai with a fresh, new approach of a pop-up at Olive Mahalaxmi.
In December 2013, AD launched SodaBottleOpenerWala at Cyber Hub in Gurgaon. It is an ode to the dying legacy of a Bombay Irani cafe and has gained much critical acclaim since its launch. October 2014 saw the opening of SodaBottleOpenerWala at Khan Market New Delhi and in April 2015 the brand went national with openings in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Noida.
2013 also saw growth, expansion and investments in new concepts through strategic associations and partnerships by AD. These include The Local in South Mumbai – an easy, comfortable, neighborhood bar that offers delectable food, drinks, music and the happy go lucky, hedonistic lifestyle that Mumbai is best known for.
In 2015, he launched yet another concept restaurant Ek Bar at Defence Colony, Delhi; the new Indian Cocktail Bar serving a modern menu, inspired by regional Indian cuisine. Ek Bar pays homage to the art of story-telling. The promise of possibilities in ’once upon a time’, ek bar. Tales that live in our memory, deeply connected with taste, aroma and flavours. Partnered associations include Monkey Bar, India’s first gastropub with a presence both in Bangalore and Delhi and The Fatty Bao, an Asian gastro-bar that is a love child of two fabulous ideas – new Asian-style dining and a cool rooftop bar. The newest addition to the Olive group is Toast and Tonic in Bengaluru. Launched in February, 2016 it is the hippest new bar in town. With Toast and Tonic, the original Monkey Bar returns in a new avatar drenched in East Village chic and full of surprises.
AD entered the industry at a very nascent stage. Owing to his limitations of formal training and financial backing he relied on creativity and ideas to build restaurant brands. He then backed these with hard work, warmth and innovation and that has been the trademark of his success over the years.
CEO & Whole-Time Director, Jubilant FoodWorksA B.Tech from IIT Delhi and MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur, his corporate career spans 25 years. He has served in renowned companies like American Express, Lufthansa, TNT (India and Indonesia), Jubilant FoodWorks, in senior leadership positions.
Ajay has been heading Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd. (JFL) as its CEO for a decade where he brought Domino’s Pizza to the position where it is now the largest and fastest growing MNC foodservice brand in India with a network of 844 Domino’s Pizza restaurants, across 185 cities (as of Feb 5, ’15).
During these years, Domino’s has steadily increased its market share, attaining leadership position with over 70% Indian market share in the organized pizza segment. Also, Domino’s Pizza India is the largest market for Domino’s in the world (outside USA).
In February 2011, he entered into Master Franchise Agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts for developing and operating its restaurants in India, launching 50 Dunkin’ Donuts’ restaurants, across 18 cities (as of Feb 5, ’15).
Ajay took JFL public in February 2010, making it the 1st QSR operator in India to be listed successfully on the stock market. JFL’s IPO was rated as the best IPO five years, by ET NOW – the share price posted 1000% gain since listing and has created shareholder wealth of 10,000+ crores. The success of JFL has catalyzed flow of PE money into the organized food retail. The company has become a benchmark of successful and profitable retail story, not only in India, but also overseas.
Along the way, JFL has won highest level of accolades as ‘The Most Promising Company in India’ (by CNBC), ‘Best Emerging Company in India’ (by Economic Times), ‘Most Admired Food Service Company in India’, ‘Top 7 Most Innovative Companies in Asia’ (by BNP Paribas’ Consumer Innovation Thematic Report 2014). Additionally, JFL is also rated as one of the ‘Best Employers’, in India, as per ‘Hewitt Best Employer’s’ survey and ‘Great Place to Work’ study.
Ajay, at an individual level, has been recognized with ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award 2014 – Practising Manager’ by XLRI Jamshedpur, ‘The Outstanding CEO of the year 2014’, one of the ‘Top 100 CEOs in India’, Ernst and Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year 2010’ and ‘Professional Leader of the Year 2013’.
His personal interests include golf, bridge, music, singing and social causes. Ajay is married and has two daughters.
Managing Director & CEO, Procter & Gamble, IndiaAl Rajwani is the CEO and MD of P&G India. Al is a US citizen of Indian origin and has more than 35 years’ experience working for Procter & Gamble in a variety of leadership roles across Product Supply, Marketing and General Management positions in the US, Canada, China, Korea and Arabian Peninsula.
Under Al’s leadership, P&G India business has turned profitable and has been recognised as a case study for profitable growth by P&G globally & P&G India’s value accretive results enable the company to continue to be market leaders in most of the categories it plays in.
Al is also the driving force behind talent development where P&G India has been recognised as an Employer of Choice by Randstad and has been awarded for results on environment sustainability & employee satisfaction across plant sites.
Al is closely involved & passionate about improving the lives of underprivileged children through the P&G Shiksha CSR program which is providing holistic education by building and supporting over 1000 schools across India which will impact the lives of more than 10,00,000 children.
Prior to his role at the helm of P&G India, Al was VP Arabian Peninsula and Pakistan operations where the business has grown double digit over the last decade and paved the way for P&G to be one of the leading FMCG companies in the Middle East.
Al received his degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary (Canada) in 1981.
Al is married and enjoys traveling, swimming, and investing in the stock market.
CEO, INOX Leisure LtdAlok Tandon is a Graduate in Mechanical Engineering and a Senior Management Professional with over 25 years of experience across Entertainment, Hospitality and Pharmaceutical industries.
He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of INOX Leisure Limited (INOX), a leading public listed multiplex chain known for its best-in-class quality and customer service delivery. Alok has been actively leading and managing a large team and is responsible to run all 428 screens and 108 multiplexes of INOX which is spread across 57 cities of the country. Today Alok is responsible for the overall revenue and growth of INOX which is one of India’s most premium and most profitable multiplex company.
Alok has been part of the start-up team of INOX and has helped build and develop the company since its inception. He played a very active role in all the three Merger & Acquisitions made by the Company. INOX acquired CCPL (Calcutta Cine Pvt. Ltd.), which ran a chain of multiplexes under the brand name ‘89 Cinemas’ in 2007, Fame India Ltd, a publicly listed company in 2010 and very recently 8atyam Cineplexes Ltd. in August 2014.
On a regular basis, Alok speaks in various national & international conferences and symposiums.
Spearheading the company’s expansion and consolidation, Alok has been successfully steering the growth momentum of INOX over the years and by being true to its motto of ‘LIVE THE MOVIE’.
COO, SavemaxAman Mittal, a proficient MBA graduate from Symbiosis with over 14 years of experience is a great combination of intellect & delivery. A dynamic professional, his expertise lies in Retail Strategy &Operations, People Management and Marketing. With extensive experience in start-ups and turnarounds, he has always lead from the front playing the role of a strategist, a business transformation expert and above all a visionary.
Starting off his career with Videocon Group of Industries, he played a pivotal role in the genesis and growth of NEXT Retail India Ltd. (retail venture of the Videocon group). Thereafter, he joined Siyaram Silk Mills Ltd as a business head for company-owned-company-operated stores, where he was responsible for the conceptualization and launch of “Siyaram’s F2F”. He also played a major role in the launch of men’s readymade garment brand “MSD”(Monday to Sunday Dressing).
He then joined REI Agro group as General Manager-Retail for their supermarket retail venture. His zeal helped his region turnaround from virtual shut down to being profitable with in a span of 18 months. He ventured into the Pharmaceutical industry with VIVA- a pharmacy chain of the Surya Groupwhere he was responsible for over 100 stores.
Savemax was but a startup when Aman took over his role as COO. With the help of his experience in retail across industries (viz. Electronics, Fashion, Pharmaceuticals, FMCG& Daily Needs) and formats which include Hypermarkets, Supermarkets&SpecialtyRetail,Savemax has grown exponentially. In less than a year, the business plan and strategy was developed and professional team was put in place. In less than two years, company had its presence felt in 4 states serving over a million consumers. Under Aman’s leadership, this retail chain stands strong on the growth path with a vision of serving over a million loyal customers by FY2017-18.
VP -- Technology, Bombay DyeingCurrently the VP of technology at Bombay Dyeing, Amit Bahl was previously Head of Integrated Portfolio Management at Future Group.
SVP - Supply Chain, MaxDr Anil Chinnabhandar (D.Litt, M.E.) is an Engineering and Supply chain professional; and passionate about transforming businesses into more value driven, innovative and profitable organizations; brings strong work ethics, objective decision-making, greater ownership of end-to-end business activities – stakeholders, people, processes and systems; respected proponent of empowerment and accountability.
Anil has specialized in Manufacturing, Retail and Supply Chain Management and has worked with a number of Global and Indian organizations, including Landmark group, Pantaloons, Woolworths, Coles Myer, DHL-Exel, Super Cheap Auto, Corporate Express, Harper Collins, LG, Samsung, Schering Plough, Eli Lilly, BAX Global and Tupperware.
He has demonstrated success in end-to-end business solutions - design, develop and deliver Best-in-class operations, including start-ups; brought measurable performance improvements through Business process re-engineering, Resources optimisation and Value assessment/alignment which have resulted in greater ROIs.
Anil has been conferred with a Doctoral degree on Retail SCM from Tumkur university, Karnataka. He is an in-demand speaker within the Australian, Asia Pacific and Indian Supply Chain community, including APICS, SMART, MATEX, LAA, SCLAA, 9.9 media, CII-IL, Karnataka Higher Education council conferences & seminars. He has also published papers on industry issues, opportunities and solutions as well as on leading supply chain and retail groups/blogs (LinkedIn) and has recently published ‘Pocket book of Supply Chain Management’ a first-of-its-kind reference book.
VP - Solutions and Technology, Shoppers Stop Ltd.Anil has over 19 years of experience in the field of Information Technology deployment, majorly in the Retail and Hospitality industry. He has managed various leadership roles and has worked extensively on design, implementation and support of large IT projects. Anil has been associated with Shoppers Stop for over a decade and in his current role he is responsible for driving group IT shared services, managing various IT initiatives across all the retail business formats within the group.
Chairman & Country Head – India JLLCurrent Responsibilities
As Chairman & Country Head, Anuj is responsible for the overall direction, strategy and growth of the largest premier real estate services company in India – JLL. He is among the most respected leaders in Indian real estate industry and an acknowledged expert on India’s real estate opportunities both within India and across the globe. He is also a key member of the Asia Pac Leadership Group of JLL as well as the Global Head of Retail Leasing.
In his present capacity, Anuj oversees a team of over 8500 employees across 11 cities in India. He enjoys strong relationships with private investors as well as local & global corporates and interacts regularly with key clients to uncover opportunities in the rapidly emerging Indian real estate market.
With over 26 years of experience in multi-disciplinary advisory and transactions ranging from real estate to social development projects, he has expertise in planning, undertaking demand assessment studies and transactional services including marketing strategies based on technical real estate market analysis. Anuj has successfully handled marketing of projects within Office, Retail, Hospitality and Residential domains. His vast expertise also encompasses feasibility studies, program requirement derivation as well as fund and investor sourcing.
- Education and Affiliations
- Bachelor of Commerce from Shriram College of Commerce, Delhi University (1987)
- Associate of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi (1989)
- Associate of Chartered Insurance Institute, UK (1991)
- Associate of Insurance Institute of Surveyors & Adjusters, India (1992)
- Associate of Insurance Institute of India (1993)
- Fellow of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, UK (FRICS)
- Chairman of Real Estate & Construction Committee of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – Western Zone.
- Member Housing Committee of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)
- Member - Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) Task Force on Smart Cities.
- Advisory Board Member of Retailers Association of India (RAI)
- Board Member of India Chapter – Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA)
- Member of Advisory Committee of MCHI – CREDAI
- Director on Board Jagran Prakashan Limited
- Chairman of Shopping Centres Association of India (SCAI)
- Member of International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC), Asia Pac Advisory Board
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Ingenium Advisory Pte LtdArun Gupta has more than over 30 years of experience in Business Technology with focus on driving technology and enabling business with improved customer satisfaction while reducing operational IT budgets, driving change agenda to make organizations globally competitive. His technology initiatives have won many accolades and awards over the years including CIO Hall of Fame from Informationweek and CIO Magazines respectively.
He is Co-founder, Managing Partner & Director at Ingenium Advisory Pte. Ltd., and Co-founder & Director at FortyTwo42 (FT42) Technology Innovations Pvt. Ltd. He advises startups on scale-up and GTM strategies. He is an Independent Director on the Board of Locuz Software and Unotech.
Arun has consulted for Government, Real Estate, EPC, Logistics, Agrochemicals and Broking companies on IT effectiveness.
Earlier, Arun was Global Chief Information Officer at Cipla Limited. He was also Group Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Shoppers Stop Limited, Director – IT, Philips Electronics India Limited, Senior Director – Business Technology, Pfizer Limited, Vice President – IT Hughes Telecom, Vice President – IT DSP Merrill Lynch as well as leadership roles with DHL amongst others.
Head - E-commerce, FabindiaArun has over 15 years of experience in varied sectors such as Customer Service, Corporate Sales and E-commerce, with hands-on experience in growing business startups on B2B and B2C fronts. He has a proven ability to bring about business growth and achieve targets while managing costs and risks.
Managing Director, E City VenturesAn Alumnus of The American Graduate School of International Management at Thunderbird, USA, Atul Goel is the Managing Director of E-City Ventures – the corporate brand that represents the retail realty and cinema exhibition initiatives of The Essel Group.
E-City Ventures is a major diversification initiated by Mr. Goel that is redefining Out-of-Home Entertainment & Lifestyle experiences. These include retail real estate development (E-City Realty Holdings Pvt. Ltd.),movie exhibition and entertainment (Fun Multiplex Pvt. Ltd.), digital cinema (E-City Digital Cinema Pvt. Ltd.), as well as retail property management (E-City Property & Management Services Pvt. Ltd.)
Looking ahead, ECV has evolved a strategy to build malls in tier II and tier III cities of the country. With more than 200 tenant relationships, E–City is poised to deliver operator friendly retail real estate. For the cinema business, with its two-pronged strategy- the venture is already operating 100 screens and has digitized more than 800 screens.
Co-founder, Gravity VentuesBadal Malick has over 12 years of experience in strategy consulting, digital product and business leadership roles. Having previously worked on building disruptive institutional and digital solutions in areas like financial services, retail and public sector, he was the Vice President, Omni-channel at Snapdeal. Badal is currently a co-founder and investor at Gravity Ventures, which is a virtual platform to seed and scale B2B companies through smart, engaged capital.
Balaji Subramanian (Bala)
Founder & CEO, GSOT LimitedBala is the founder and CEO of GSOT Limited and has extensive experience in retail enterprise architecture, supply chain and order management. He has implemented IBM Sterling Order Management solutions for numerous clients over the last 16 years, across both Europe and USA. He strives to integrate quality solutions with integrity, which is core to GSOT’s values
B. S. Nagesh
ounder, TRRAINB. S. Nagesh, is one of the pioneers of modern retail and has more than 32 years of experience in retail. He is a firm believer of the philosophy of 25 years of learning, 25 years of earning and 25 years of giving back.
TRRAIN (Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India) is his way of giving back to the industry that gave him so much over the course of a rewarding career.
Nagesh was the guiding force from the first Shoppers Stop store set-up in Andheri, Mumbai, where the store has now reached a national presence in 36 cities spread across India.
During a rich and illustrious career in retail, he was conferred with numerous honours and awards. He was selected as one of the top 50 managers in India in a survey of Managers who can influence Indian business in the 21st century, received the ’Top CEO Award 2001’ instituted by Institute of Marketing Management, was inducted into the Retail Hall of Fame at the World Retail Congress in 2008, was Chairman of the CII Retail Committee and Retailers Association of India, received the title of ’India’s Greatest Brand Builder’ from Bhartiya Vidyapeeth Awards, 2005, and also multiple awards at the IMAGES Retail Awards and IMAGES Fashion Awards for both Shoppers Stop and his own professional achievements.
President – Group HR, Landmark Group India (Lifestyle, Homecentre, Max, Splash, Spar, Citymax)B. Venkataramana, Group President – HR of Landmark Group India (Lifestyle International) is a Postgraduate in Human Resources Management with over three decades of experience.
In his tenure over the last six years with Landmark Group, by creating a great performance driven culture in fun filled work environment and implementing innovative HR practices, he was instrumental in the company becoming the No.1 Retail Company to Work for in India for two consecutive years, the No.10 Best Company to Work for in India across Industries and the No.1 Best Company in the category of large companies with more than 10,000 employees from the Great Place to Work.
His last assignment was with Reliance Retail Limited as Senior Vice President - Human Resources for over four years. During this assignment, he was responsible for formulating HR Policies and Practices for Reliance Retail apart from building HR team across the country.
Prior to this, he was heading Human Resource functions at Reliance BPO, Henkel India and Brigade Solutions.
He was former Chairman of HR Panel for CII, Southern Region, Executive Committee Member, Retailers Association of India. He was the Regional Vice President (South) for Indian Society of Training & Development.
He was recently awarded the Top 40 Most Talented HR Leaders in India by ET Now, Most Powerful HR Professionals of India by World HRD Congress and HR Leadership Award from a leading daily LOKMAT.
Founder, Rocknshop.comCharu Sachdev founded TSG International Marketing Pvt Ltd with her sister and business Partner Priya Sachdev in 2008, introducing KITSCH, India’s first multi-brand concept store working with some of the world’s finest fashion brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Victoria Beckham, Bibhu Mohapatra, and many more.
After establishing Kitsch as a successful business both Priya and Charu Co founded www.rocknshop.com. Rock N Shop is a global community of visionary fashion boutiques and 115 brands (and still growing) offering an inspirational shopping experience to fashion-forward consumers. Rock N Shop, first of kinds market place, aims to bring premium to luxury shopping to the door step of every indulgent & aspirational consumer across India. With seamless technology, Rocknshop is bridging the gap by connecting the consumer to experience luxury shopping, simply with a click of a button.
CIO, Head-Business Process Architecture and Technology, Reliance DigitalWith 20 of the 25 years of his professional life having been spent in USA, Chetan Chaturvedi has worked for global giants like Cisco Systems, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) LLP, Quantum Corp, Digital Equipment Corporation and Unisys Corp. prior to joining Reliance.
He has successfully built Enterprise Architecture and cross-functional business solutions for a global roll-out, directed teams to deliver Business Intelligence Systems leveraging Enterprise Data Warehouse solutions and lead teams in the implementation of Oracle 11i TCA and custom solutions to support manufacturing, sales-finance.
Top four priorities for Chaturvedi for 2016-2018 are building a single customer experience across channels, building/enhancing mobile strategy, big data strategy – storage and analysis, data security and fraud protection.
According to Chaturvedi, top three challenges retailers will face from a Tech POV are how to better acquire and retain customers, offering tech solutions at competitive prices, going beyond transactional interaction and providing omnichannel customer experienced and personalsed service.
CEO Value Retail, Reliance RetailDamodar Mall is currently the Chief Customer Strategy Officer of Reliance Retail Ltd. He is the ex-Director, Integrated Food Strategy at Future Group and was part of Kishore Biyani’s core strategy team.
Mall is also the author of ‘Supermarketwala’ , an unconventional, insightful publication on consumers and retailing in India. His book continues to receive rave reviews from business heads across the retail and consumers fraternity for its fresh, perceptive outlook on changes sweeping the Indian consumer landscape.
In addition to his other responsibilities at Reliance Retail, Mall is also currently leading the company’s expansion into e-retail, with the launch of an online grocery shopping platform in a few select locations across Mumbai, including Navi Mumbai, South Mumbai and Thane. Mall is a business graduate from IIM, Bangalore and an engineer from IIT Bombay. He won the gold medal in marketing at IIM Bangalore. He has earlier been responsible for promoting a supermarket chain with R K Damani in 1999-2000, which has since expanded into the 60-store D-Mart chain in western India.
He has also headed the first phone-order supermarket, Sangam Direct, for Unilever in 2003. He has been instrumental in shaping Big Bazaar and Food Bazaar for the Future Group.
Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo India HoldingsD Shivakumar, or Shiv as he is popularly known, is Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt. Ltd. Before Pepsico, Shiv was with Nokia for eight years, running India and then the Emerging Markets operations.
Shiv is a Marketer and CEO. He has run over 34 brands in his career across Unilever, Philips and Nokia. He is a growth manager, having grown every brand and geography he has managed through innovation, new business models and ecosystem partnerships.
Shiv writes regularly for the business press on emerging markets, on brands, on consumers and leadership, followership. He also teaches in business schools across the world, and has been awarded many times over for marketing, for leadership and for turning around businesses. The one that’s dear to his heart is the “Most Distinguished Alumnus award” from his alma mater IIM Calcutta bestowed on him in 2011.
Shiv’s pioneering work in telecom have become case studies in Harvard Business School and ISB.
Principal Product Manager, ThoughtWorksDinker helps clients build products that matter. He is also on an ambitious mission to redefine Product Management.
He holds regular Product Management Workshops with starts up, collaborates with IIM Ahmedabad’s CIIE and talks about Product Entrepreneurship.
Before joining ThoughtWorks, he founded a startup Gungroo, creators of Roo Kids. Roo Kids is a messaging app for kids where parents can control who the kid is chatting with.
Previously, he led the Product Management team in shaping the product strategy and defining the roadmap for the Jivox platform. He was also responsible for establishing and driving strategic partnerships, managing operations, and ensuring the successful execution of hundreds of campaigns on the Jivox premium video network. He hold a patent in Advertising Technology written during his time at Jivox.
Before Jivox he was at Wind River (acquired by Intel), where he lead a globally distributed team of engineers responsible for implementing key functionality in Wind River’s Device Management product line, and managed critical customer relationships in the Asia region. Earlier he worked as FAE at Wind River and supported and demoed Wind River products all over APAC region.
Earlier in his career he worked at Fermilab, a US DoE lab that conducts basic research into particle physics using the 5-mile circumference particle accelerator called Tevatron. At Fermilab, Dinker worked on Control Systems for Tevatron and Data Aquisition for CDF, DZero and Sloan Digital Sky Survey. He has also contributed towards LHC at CERN.
Prior to that, Dinker did some consulting work at Foxboro/Invensys.
Dinker has done Master in Computer Application from International Institute of Professional Studies, Devi Ahilya University, Indore, India.
President & Chief Business Office (CBO) – Domino’s Pizza India, Jubilant FoodWorks LimitedDev has 18 years of diverse experience in consumer industries such as Food Service Retail, Home Appliances and FMCG. Dev has a proven track record in successfully starting and scaling new business, in turnaround situations and consistently delivering high growth. Dev is the President & Chief Business Officer (CBO) of Domino’s Pizza India at Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd (JFL). Before JFL, Dev has worked Cadbury and Whirlpool India in key roles in marketing and sales.
Till 31st March 2016, Dev was the President and COO for Dunkin Donuts (DD) India at JFL. At Dunkin India, Dev has led a bold new thinking anchoring DD it in the “ADULT QSR” space, a sweet spot between the QSR and Café Markets. Though early days, DD has already been recognized with several Industry awards as the most innovative brand in the Industry and is seen as a special and differentiated offering.
Before Dunkin’, Dev had an extremely successful stint at Domino’s Pizza including development of the positioning of “Khushiyon Ki Home delivery”, launch of several new products, many of which have gone on to achieve an iconic status, namely, The Cheese Burst Pizza, Choco-Lava Cake, Domino’s Pasta, Calzone, and the breakthrough “Pizza Mania”. The Pizza Mania range of Pizza’s launched in 2007 at Rs 35/- per pizza changed the Pizza Category for ever in India, by democratizing access to the category. The analytics CRM program and online pizza ordering program started by Dev and his team have made a significant impact on Domino’s Pizza’s performance in India.
Recognition and Honor’s for Dev 1)Recognized as one of the ’’25 hottest young executives In India - 2014’’ by Business Today (India’s leading Business Magazine). 2) Ranked amongst “Top 10 Marketers of 2010” by the Financial Express. 3) Youngest recipient of the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad (2009). 4) Received “India’s Top 25 Marketers Award - 2009” by the Exchange for Media Group, India’s leading marketing website.
Dev believes in building brands and businesses by being on the right side of consumer culture. He is particularly interested in emergent social culture and its impact on brand and business design. Dev is a big believer in the need for imagination, creativity and innovation in business. His personal interests include Golf, Motorcycling, Drums & Writing.
CEO, Intellect Commerce LimitedEd has over 25 years of experience in strategy, marketing, product and business management. With a rich expertise on growth strategy, organization design, new product launches and global operations, Ed has been an entrepreneur with three different start-ups, one of which was focused on Retail Business.
Ed holds a masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, USA and a masters degree in Business Administration.
Team Lead ConnectedPOS (Value Added Services) at Wirecard AGFelix Baaken is a product evangelist responsible for multitude of mobile products at Wirecard. He is driving one of the flagship products, ConnectedPOS, which amplifies the data analytics, campaign and loyalty options and payment acceptance at the POS / Cash Register systems.
After completing his education in the area of technology and management at the Technical University, Munich, Germany, Felix founded a company in the area of mobile loyalty. Wirecard continues to propel its products to new heights. Felix’s passion lies in enhancing merchants’ value proposition and consumers’ experience in the area of mobile payments. He is heading many products in the mobile services area at Wirecard, including ConnectedPOS amongst others.
President - Group Apparel, Raymond LimitedGaurav Mahajan joined Raymond Limited in the year 2015. Prior to this role, he was Chief Operating Officer-Landmark and Head of International Expansion at Westside (Trent Ltd), where he joined in 2009.
Customer Care Associate & Managing Director, Shoppers StopGovind Shrikhande spearheads Shoppers Stop, the largest department store chain in India. A textile graduate from VJTI, Mumbai and an MBA from Symbiosis, Pune, Govind has more than 25 years of experience in leading textile and apparel companies like Mafatlal, Arvind, Arrow and Bombay Dyeing. He was part of the team responsible for creating the Denim Revolution in India in the ‘90s. He was also a key member of the Arrow launch team.
Founder, PING Digital NetworkGovindraj is a television & print journalist and Founder & Managing Trustee of the award-winning www.indiaspend.org & www.factchecker.in, twin public interest journalism efforts that use data to tell stories. IndiaSpend is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN).
He is also Founder of PING Digital Network, one of India’s largest video networks that creates content in the food to living space, aggregates utility and entertainment content and owns destinations such as IndiaFoodNetwork.in & www.BOOMlive.in.
He also anchors seasonal shows on Indian news television – the current one being the weekly `Policy Watch’ on public service broadcaster Rajya Sabha or RSTV, apart from frequent contributions to newspapers like Business Standard.
Previously, he was Founder-Editor in Chief of Bloomberg TV India, a 24-hours business news service launched out of Mumbai in 2008 and a partnership between Bloomberg LLP and the UTV Group in India. Prior to setting up Bloomberg TV, he worked with Business Standard newspaper as Editor (New Media) with a specific mandate of integrating the newspaper’s news operations with its digital or web platform. Before that, Govindraj spent five years with television channel CNBC-TV18 where he worked from near start-up point and actively drove most of the channels programming growth and expansion initiatives.
Prior to television, he worked in print in The Economic Times, Business World and Business India magazines. He has been a career business journalist who has reported and written on Indian business for the last 24 years.
He is a Fellow of The Aspen Institute, Colorado and a winner of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Award 2014.
Co-founder, BezirkHemanth is the co-founder, business head and strategist of a Bosch internally funded startup “Bezirk” and holds responsibility for Bezirk-India driving Business development, leading to customer acquisition and application solutions. Bezirk provides an IoT platform based solution with a machine learning engine focusing on context aware personalization. The startup is jointly founded along with Dr. Joao Sousa from Bosch Pittsburgh, who is responsible for the technology and platform.
Hemanth joined Bosch in 2003, after his B.E in Electronics and Communication, in the Embedded Powertrain division of RBEI. Starting his career as a Software Engineer, his passion for Automotive led him to take up several technology roles including a global product management role for an European customer. After his Executive MBA in General Management which he did during his work tenure, he took up the cross-functional role of Technical Assistant to the CEO of Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions, a CMMI L5 company in India, with a focus on Stakeholder, Strategy and Business.
Hemanth is interested in music, trekking and loves to play tennis.
Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal
Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Govt. of IndiaSmt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal is a determined Indian politician. She is presently the Minister of Food Processing in the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s government. Apart from being a great political leader, she is also involved in social work and is a business woman. She is a graduate in Textile Designing. She was first elected as Member of Parliament in 2009 from the Bathinda Constituency to the 15th Lok Sabha and in the 16th Lok Sabha as well.
In August, 2009 She was made Member of the Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment; and also Member of Committee on Estimates.
In May 2010 She was made Member of Standing Committee on Food & Public Distribution; and also Member of Committee on Estimates. She has started a project named ’’Nanhi Chhan’’ (means innocent lifes), a movement to save girl child and trees.
CEO, Lee Cooper and aLLHetal Kotak is CEO of Lee Cooper and aLL, brands from Lifestyle Fashions Limited. In this role, he is responsible for driving the exponential growth of the business. With over 19 years of experience, Hetal has worked across various textile and retail companies such as Raymond Ltd, Arvind Mills and Indorama Synthesis.
Hetal is a Textile Engineer with certifications in “Strategic Leadership Program” from the Michigan Ross School of Business, “Finance for Decision Making” from IIM-Bangalore & “Brand Management” from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Hetal has been recognized several times by the retail fraternity for his remarkable work and extraordinary contribution to the industry. Few of his recognitions include being named among ’’100 Most Talented Retail Professionals of India’’ in Feb, 2015, ’’50 Most Talented Retail Professionals of India’’ in 2014 and “Retail Icon of India” in 2012.
Having started his career with “Arvind Mills Ltd” in 1997, Hetal has traversed through & experienced varied aspects of the business. The early years of his career gave him an opportunity to extensively travel across the globe.
Prior to ‘Future Lifestyle Fashions Ltd’, Hetal worked with Raymond Ltd for over 10 years. During his stint, he moved from Sales & Marketing head of one brand to being the Business Head of both “Park Avenue” & “ColorPlus”. While working at Raymond Ltd, Hetal managed the turnaround of stagnant business of ColorPlus by revitalising the brand’s collections, its positioning and driving operational excellence. He has also been successful at establishing the vision & strategies necessary to grow a branded apparel business across different channels & geographies.
Head -- Seller Ecosystem & Logistics, Craftsvilla.comHimanshu is currently Head of seller ecosystem and logistics at Craftsvilla. At Craftsvilla Himanshu manages seller ecosystem with over 32,000+ sellers and artisans across India and manages logistics with ‘Sendd’ – a virtual logistics company that utilizes existing logistics infrastructure to optimize on delivery times, cost and other operations metrics. Prior to Craftsvilla, Himanshu was based in US where he led sales strategy and operations for SMB and channel business for Hewlett-Packard Enterprises. Previously, Himanshu was a consultant with McKinsey & Co across its US offices where he served clients in technology, private equity and financial services space.
Himanshu earned his MBA from Darden School of Business, University of Virginia and has a CFA Charter from International CFA Institute.
Head -- IT, KayaIndresh currently Heads IT at Kaya Limited and has over 15 years of global experience. He has worked on technology transformational project in industries such as Retail, Compensation Management, Equities, and Logistics.
Over the last few years Indresh has worked on IT transformational projects, retail analytics, loyalty programs, merchandize planning tools, high complicity data migrations, mobile platforms. Loves to work on problems and projects using mind mapping solutions approach.
Before joining Kaya, Indresh has worked at with organisations such as Reliance Brands Limited, Future Group, Synygy Inc., Susquehanna International Group.
He has an MBA from Pune University and Masters in Information Science with Deans, Fellowship from Drexel University, Philadelphia.
Deputy Chief Executive, LifestyleJacob John is Deputy Chief Executive of Lifestyle department stores, part of the retail conglomerate Landmark Group. Prior to Lifestyle, Jacob worked with Aditya Birla Group for over 20 years. He joined the group as a Management Trainee in 1995. He started in the manufacturing function, then led the outsourcing function before going on to head the Product Development and Quality Assurance function of the company. He was then made the Brand Director of Louis Philippe in 2007 and then went on to become the Chief Operating Office (COO) of the brand in 2010. Under his leadership, Louis Philippe saw spectacular growth and became India’s first apparel brand to cross Rs 1000 Crores in revenue. Jacob was awarded the Chairman’s individual award for Exceptional Contribution at Aditya Birla Group in 2013.
A veteran in the Indian retail Industry, Jacob is known to be people’s person and for his in-depth knowledge of the fashion retail industry.
CEO, TRENT HYPERMARKETJamshed S. Daboo is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Trent Hypermarket Ltd (THL). Prior to joining THL, Jamshed was Head - Consumer Finance and Advisory Business at Tata Capital Limited. He has also served as Chief Operating Officer of various divisions at Indian Hotels Co. Ltd. As Chief Executive Officer at Tata Quality Management Services, he spearheaded the Tata Business Excellence Model, a group-wide initiative aimed at business excellence. He has also worked at Titan Industries Limited in various functions.
Jamshed joined the Tata Administrative Service in 1986 and has been with the Tata Group for over 25 years.
Senior Vice President – Digital Innovation and Ecommerce, Mahindra GroupJaspreet Bindra has twenty years of business leadership, sales and marketing, business turn-around, and entrepreneurial startup experience - across digital, mobile, retail and telecom businesses, largely in the consumer and SME space.
Currently, he is the Senior Vice President – Digital Innovation and Ecommerce for the Mahindra Group of companies.
Before that, Jaspreet was the CEO of AskMe, the yellow pages provider transformed into a mobile app-led local search play. Prior to that, Jaspreet spent more than six years with Microsoft India as Country Manager of the Internet and Mobile business, and then the Regional Director for the Retail, Entertainment and Devices business.
Jaspreet started his career with the Tata Administrative Services (TAS), and spent ten years with the Tata Group, across the FMCG and telecom businesses of the Group. He also was part of the startup team of Baazee.com (now EBay India), as their Chief Operating Officer.
Jaspreet is also very active across the tech start-up ecosystem, and has invested, advised, mentored and incubated a dozen tech start-ups. He Jaspreet has been the Vice Chairman of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), Member of FICCI Media & Entertainment Committee, and is a Charter Member of TiE. He has spoken at HBS, ISB, IIMA, IAMAI, CII and other academic and industry forums. Business Today listed him as one of the ‘The Top 25 Young Managers in India’.
Jaspreet is a Chemical Engineer and an MBA in International Business. He has been a keen quizzer having been the National champion in Brand Equity Business Quiz thrice.
Managing Director, Cinepolis IndiaJavier joined Cinépolis in 2002 and has worked in Mexico, Central America and India. He was appointed Managing Director of Cinépolis India in January 2013 and has been in Cinépolis India Board since 2007.
In his previous roles, Javier was in charge of the first international expansion of the company to Central America in 2002. Back in Mexico he was Global Director of Marketing from 2005 to 2007 and Global Director of Supply Chain in 2010. From 2011 to 2012 he served as Director of New Ventures, position in which he created and led Cinépolis low-budget cinema concept in Mexico, which accounts for more than 100 screens, so far.
Javier was part of the initial team of Cinépolis India, and was its Chief Executive Officer from October 2007 to December 2009.
Javier has over 20 years of experience in start-ups, marketing, business development, and strategic planning in the industries of retail, entertainment and financial services. He is an Industrial and Systems Engineer by ITESM, with an MBA degree from IPADE Business School.
He is married with three children. His interests include long distance running, reading, traveling and eating.
John M. Schreiner
Global Vice President, IMAXJohn Schreiner, based in Moscow, joined IMAX in the year 2000 and is currently Vice President, Theatre Development. The territories he manages include India, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East. Prior to accepting this role, John was the Director, Sales, IMAX Theatre Systems, Europe. John has covered Russia/CIS since 2002 and in that time has seen the market grow to be the third largest market for IMAX after the USA and China.
John has been involved in the leisure and entertainment business since 1996 where he was charged with the development of initially the Asian market and then the European market for IWERKS Entertainment, a multifaceted film based entertainment company that boasted clients such as Universal Studios, The Lotte Group, and Madame Tussauds.
John is a Canadian citizen who has earned a B.A. in Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia and has lived extensively abroad including two years in Taiwan, six years in Hong Kong, thirteen years in London, England and has lived in Moscow, Russia since 2011. He is an avid horse rider and skier and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Managing Director, Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd.Mr. Kabir Lumba is Managing Director of Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd., a leading retailer in India, part of the Landmark Group, Dubai - a multi-billion dollar retail and hospitality conglomerate.
With a presence in over 60 cities in India, Lifestyle International today is an industry leader and comprises a Department Store chain - Lifestyle, a home products format - Home Centre - and a value fashion chain - Max.
In his eleven years with the company, Mr. Lumba has driven consistent growth, formed alliances with world renowned brands, and nurtured a private label program - which accounts for more than 30 percent of the company’s sales today. Under his tenure the company has won numerous awards and accolades including ’Best Department Store’ for five successive years, and recognition as Best Company to Work for in Retail Industry – 2014 & 2015 by Great Place to Work Institute® & RAI and Top 10 Best companies to Work for in India 2015 - Great Places to Work Institute®.
Mr. Lumba is a member of the advisory board of RAI (The Retailers Association of India), a leading retail industry body which represents the unified voice of retailers in India and a prominent member of the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry). Mr. Lumba is also the recipient of the ‘Most Admired Retail Professional of the Year’ Award at Images Retail Awards 2014, an annual event dedicated for recognizing and honoring retail excellence in India.
Coordinator - Domestic Retail and e commerce promotions Export Promotion Council for HandicraftsAn Industry Stalwart with an experience of 36 years in manufacture and export of home décor, gifts and jewellery. Mr. Jethwani has been felicitated for lifetime contribution in promoting exports of handicrafts by EPCH. He is also a well know figure among organised retail fraternity. As Coordinator domestic Retail and e commerce Promotions, EPCH, he has catalysed the alliance between EPCH, Organised Retail and ecommerce. He heads a powerful advisory committee comprising Top-notch executives of India’s retailers and e-commerce companies
Co-founder, Marina Home InteriorsKhurshid Vakil is Co-Founder of the hugely successful Marina Home Interiors retail chain. The avant-garde lifestyle & home décor company is headquartered in Dubai and operates its large format stores across most Middle East markets, North Africa and India.
Stylish, cosmopolitan and unique in its concept with strong emphasis on high quality Marina Home is a desired name of repute in the markets it operates in and offers a strong aspirational value.
Born in India and having lived and worked in Switzerland, Spain and Dubai, Khurshid Vakil understands cross cultural influences very well and can be vividly seen coexisting in his company’s corporate culture and in the design harmony of its product mix that the sprawling Marina Home showrooms feature.
Khurshid remains at the fore front of Marina Home’s expansion and brand building strategy and its vision to take the brand forward globally through company owned operations as well as its continued franchise roll out plan. Khurshid ensures Marina Home’s philosophy is clearly visible in its environment thus bringing in continued year on year growth and global accolades for the organization.
A member of several international business forums Khurshid Vakil is a thought leader who is regularly seen as a speaker at international business events and conventions.
CEO, Crossword BookstoresKinjal Shah, with over 13 years of book retailing experience, has an in-depth understanding of both Indian as well as International retailing environment. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of Crossword Bookstores Limited since May 2014. He is instrumental to not just grow this business in difficult times but steer the company towards innovation by introducing new Categories, launching its own innovative publishing program, launching its own Private brand “YELLO”, to name a few.
Having served as the Chief Operating Officer before being elevated to the position, Kinjal is responsible for developing the business, ensuring world class service, building in new strategies and driving innovation in a very challenging business. Recently Mr. Kinjal Shah has been awarded the Most Talented Retail professional retailer of the Year 2015 by Asia Retail Congress. During his tenure over the last 13 years, Crossword Bookstores has grown from strength to strength under his leadership. Under his guidance, Crossword has won numerous awards and accolades, the most recent being ’Best Book Retailer’ Winner of the prestigious - Indian Retail Awards 2014 and National Award for Marketing Excellence in Retail Sector on 24th July 2015
Kinjal’s entrepreneurial approach to business, credits his passion to whatever he has achieved till now. He believes that Book Retail, being a content-driven business, cannot be managed like a commodity business, and it is important to have a realistic view of the business and not work on the basis of superficial data of target audience, market size and their implied business potential. He also believes that relationships with partners are crucial for the long term success of an organization. Customer is really the King/Queen as he knows everything about the product. Thus, it follows, that the Staff at the store must be the forefront of any company strategy.
Crossword is India’s leading bookstore chain, which has pioneered the lifestyle bookstore concept in India. With 92 stores across the country, it is India’s fastest growing chain of bookstores”
Associate Vice President - Information Technology at Burger King India Private Ltd.In his role Kiran Komatla is responsible for discovering & delivering solutions, implementing IT enabled business changes, evaluating emerging technologies & roadmaps for the business.
Kiran Komatla has over 15+ years of experience in techonology and system mangement, He joined Burger King Indai Pvt. Ltd. As AVP Information Techonologies and solutions in May’15. Prior to that he was at Celio Future Fashion as Head IT, Aditya Birla Retail as Head Applications - Hyper Markets, Pantaloon Retail india Ltd and Software intergation Services Inc.
Kiran Komatla engaged in leading and contributing towards multi dimension of Information technology and system management in retail, his experience spanning across functional domains, retailing solutions, loyalty programs, replenishment tools, delivery management, vendor management, out sourcing and ERP implementaions projects.
Kiran Komatla had won most promising CISO award for 2015, 2016, Innovative CIO Awards for 2015, 2016 and SaaS ICON Award 2016.
Group CEO, Future GroupWidely credited as the pioneer of modern retail industry in India, Kishore Biyani is a mentor and role model for many Indian entrepreneurs and a thought leader in Indian business. Over the past two decades, he has created and leads some of India’s most popular retail chains, including Big Bazaar, EasyDay, Nilgiri’s, Fbb, Foodhall, Central, Home Town and eZone. A believer in the group’s corporate credo, ’Rewrite Rules, Retain Values,’Kishore considers Indianness as the core value driving the group.
VP – Marketing and Business Development, Being Human ClothingKunal Mehta has been in the business of brands for over two decades now. Starting off early, at the age of 18 years, with his family owned business of exports; Kunal Mehta always knew his passion lies in the retail industry. Holding a Masters in Marketing, fiery and extremely passionate about his work, he is now working with one of the most popular fast fashion brands in India, Being Human Clothing. Kunal’s dynamic personality and the understanding of the brand ideology has held the mantle of the brand and its vision righteously.
His association with Being Human Clothing has been an eventful journey and he believes that it is the best brand to work with. Undaunted by the challenges faced by retail industry, Kunal Mehta maintains that the brand has achieved a lot in a very short span of time compared to other brands.
Since his term with Being Human Clothing, Kunal Mehta has pumped in newer thoughts and newer ventures. The brand which has a young and soulful approach is synonym with his personality.
His association with the brand can be described in the following words: ‘He eats, breathes and lives Being Human Clothing Brand’.
Director – Marketing and Category, TATA Starbucks Private LtdWinner of the 2016 “Digital Marketer of the Year”, 2011 Powerbrands Hall of Fame “Most Dynamic Marketing Professional of the Year’’ and “100 Most Talented Global Marketing Leaders” Award 2014, Manmeet joined Tata Starbucks Private Ltd in July 2013 as Director – Marketing and Category. She led the brand launch in Pune, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad and is responsible for marketing, product management and loyalty.
Prior to that, as Marketing Director TAG Heuer and had her finger on the pulse of all India Marketing of TAG Heuer thereby, contributing to making it the leading brand of luxury watches in India.
Graduated in B.Com (Hons) from the prestigious Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi University in 1999, before completing Post Graduation from the leading Marketing Communications institute - Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA) in 2002.
She has been extensively covered in various articles in leading newspapers and magazines and been a special guest speaker at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad (MICA), S.P. Jain Institute of Management Mumbai, Symbiosis Pune (SCMHRD). She is also part of the Marketing Advisory Council of S.P. Jain Institute of Management.
Manohar Dayaram Chatlani
Chairman, MD RetailManohar Chatlani is the founder and chairman of Bangalore-based MD Retail India Pvt Ltd, which owns and operates the Men’s Favorite Shop and SOCH fashion & lifestyle retail chains.
Chatlani is a business man with over 40 years of experience in the retail sector, business development and leadership roles. He has been an Independent Director of Narayana Hrudayalaya Limited since September 07, 2015. He serves as a Director of Arya Foundation Private Limited, Jai Shiv Shakthi Health & Education Foundation, Queen City Developers Private Limited, Soch Apparels Private Limited, Sharavati Real Estate Private Limited and the Bangalore Commercial Association. He received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Bangalore University in April 1972.
CIO, Landmark GroupManoj Krishnan is the CIO for Landmark Group in India. He is responsible for design and delivery of IT systems for all its leading retail formats like Lifestyle, Max, Home Centre and Splash.
He is a graduate engineer in Computer Science and PGDM from IIM Bangalore.
Previous to this stint, Manoj set up IT systems for the grocery retail business of Aditya Birla (‘More’ Stores), as their CIO.
He has also served as the CIO for a variety of other Aditya Birla businesses like their Textile business (Grasim and Graviera brands), the Birla Spinning business based in Indonesia, Birla Acrylic Fiber business, based in Thailand and the Commodity trading business (Swiss Singapore Overseas Ltd) based in Dubai.
During his long stint with Hindustan Unilever, Manoj was instrumental in setting up and running the Unilever Asia Business Application Centre from Bangalore. This center supported business applications for all Unilever countries in Asia. As the Supply Chain IT partner for Unilver India, he led the project to migrate all the manufacturing and supply chain systems of Unilever India to SAP.
CTO & Vice President -- IT, The MobileStorePresently the Chief Technology Officer & Vice President IT at Globus, with over 22 years of core business IT experience, Meheriar Patel is adept at successfully delivering organizational Information Technology and change management solutions. His responsibilities include IT leadership, innovation and adoption across multiple technologies with planned business benefits.
From heading IT set-ups for multinationals and Indian conglomerates to implementing large IT projects in transforming business and ERPs in various industry domains to formulating digital strategies within the realm of retail as well as for airline, pharmaceutical, banking, finance, logistics service sectors, his expertise spans the entire IT spectrum.
Patel has also worked with Sun Pharma as Head Technology, Global Infrastructure. His duties and responsibilities include managing IT landscape for infrastructure services, building value driven customer focused initiatives and change management and improvement of process in improving services and standards, aligning teams in-house and outsourced focused to deliver IT services with resilient architecture focused and structured and developing standard operating procedures around infrastructure.
He has also worked with USV Limited as Chief Information Officer and Vice President – Information Technology, Globus as Chief Technology Officer and Head eCommerce, Human Resource and Admin and IT, Jet Air Pvt Ltd as Senior Manager and Head – Infrastructure and Communication, Oman International Bank as Manager Information Technology, India Operations and ICICI Securities as Business Relationship Manager IT.
Top five priorities for Patel for 2016- 2018 are building a single customer experience across channels, integrating methodologies to manage co-existence of multiple disparate systems used in retail. Building and enhancing the mobile strategy, data security and fraud protection and building alignment of IT with other functions.
According to Patel, top three challenges retailers will face from a Tech POV are inventory visibility and serviceability, SCM and harnessing its full potential and delivery standards.
Co-Founder & CEO, CaratLaneNamed among “The 50 Most Influential Young Indians” and a certified gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America, California (GIA) Mithun Sacheti, co-founder and CEO of CaratLane, has translated his passion for jewelry into making CaratLane India’s largest online jeweller.
A certified gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America, California (GIA), TiE felicitated Mithun as the “Next-Gen Entrepreneur of the Year, 2012” and Forbes featured him on their cover in a recent issue.
Coming from a family of 5 generations of jewellers, Mithun recognizes that the shopping habits of Indian women were changing rapidly and believes that jewellery should be for everyday use and not for lockers. His vision of selling solitaires and diamond jewellery over the Internet was shared by Srinivasa Gopalan whose tech wizardry gave wings to the dream. Together, they started CaratLane.com in 2007 and the site went live in 2008. Today Caratlane has 14 stores across the country and a virtual try-on app which is a step ahead in experiencing jewellery.
At CaratLane, Mithun oversees business strategy and is a taskmaster for design innovation and quality of execution . Today, he is charting the course that he believes will liberate jewellery buying and wearing for Indian women by giving them the power to find and choose jewellery for themselves and buy it either online or through an at-home experience or by walking into a CaratLane showroom.
HEAD RETAIL STRATEGY, GODREJ INDUSTRIES LTDWith over 25 years in the industry, Mohit has been a successful business leader, retailer and a brand builder across diverse businesses that he has worked with.
In his previous role at Godrej, as the Managing Director and CEO of Godrej Nature’s Basket (a position he has just moved out of), he shaped, scaled and led the business from its infancy to being one of India’s finest food and grocery retail destinations. Prior to this he was responsible for and closely associated with the sharp positioning and growth of Subhiksha, one of india’s early retail start ups.
Before his move into leadership positions in the retailing industry, he has held positions of importance with several well-known consumer facing brands and organisations such as Titan Industries; Reckitt Benckiser and Tube Investments of India.
He currently heads Retail strategy for the Godrej group where he is working with businesses across the group and closely involved with the launch of a few new lines of business.
Mohit is a Mechanical Engineer and an MBA in Marketing and is based out of Mumbai, India.
President -- Retail Operations, South India, LifestyleA Chartered and Cost Accountant by qualification been working for the past three decades in varied kind of industries such as Manufacturing, Software, Telecom and Retail.
Instrumental in the expansion strategy of retails stores in North and East India and was responsible for the business operations for Lifestyle and Home Centre. Currently, he handles South India operations for Lifestyle.
CEO, Bombay DyeingNagesh Rajanna joined Bombay Dyeing in April 2016. Starting his career as General Manager Parle, India in 1989, Nagesh was previously the Senior Vice President at Reliance Communications, and was also the co-founder of Play2Potential.
FOUNDER, THE NATURE’S CO.Natasha Shah is the young and dynamic founder of The Nature’s Co., an array of natural and luxurious beauty & wellness products. Born and brought up in Mumbai, she obtained a Masters in Business Administration from the prestigious MET University, Mumbai.
Co-founder and CEO, PaperBoat - Hector BeveragesNeeraj is co-founder and CEO of Hector Beverages, the makers of Paper Boat drinks, traditional Indian beverages. It is one of the fastest growing consumer goods brands in India for the past couple of years. Neeraj is a graduate from Wharton Business School and was awarded the highest academic honour, ‘The Palmer Scholar’, from University of Pennsylvania.Nimish Shah
Chief Operating Officer – West Region, Lifestyle International Pvt LimitedNimish Shah, Chief Operating Officer for West region of Lifestyle International Private Limited is a Postgraduate in Marketing Management from NMIMS , Mumbai and has also done his Mechanical Engineering Graduation from Mumbai University. He has over 23 years of rich experience with strong Retail and Marketing background.
In his tenure over the last seven years in Lifestyle International he is responsible for the growth of the western region business and with his strong business acumen and leadership skills western region has seen great success and consistent profitable growth.
Nimish has been a veteran in the retail industry and spent more than 15 years in the industry. His previous retail assignments were Spencer’s Retail, where he was Vice President Operations and prior to that he was Area Controller with Shoppers Stop Ltd.
Prior to joining retail, he has had marketing and sales stints with multi-national companies like Philips and DHL Worldwide Express.
He has been a guest speaker for various educational institutes across the country. He has been an integral part of many positive transformational success stories of organizations and individuals.
He is also an ardent sports enthusiast with keen interest in Cricket. Besides cricket he also plays Badminton. He also has a passion for long distance running and has participated in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon – ‘DHL Corporate Relay’ representing Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd.Pankaj More
CIO, Walmart IndiaOver 20 years of experience in technology development, project management, driving IT strategy for business, leading operations and providing leadership to cross-functional, diverse and global teams is what it takes to become the CIO of Walmart India.
A business CIO with a career in technology spanning across telecom, financial services, energy and now retail, Pankaj joined Walmart in 2013, leading technology strategy for Asia markets and in 2015, took over the role of CIO Walmart India, which runs an omnichannel B2B cash & carry business in the country.Patrik Antoni
Deputy Country Head, IKEA
Patrik joined IKEA India in 2013 and today working as Deputy Country Manager. He is Swedish and has 17 years of experience of working internationally in Indonesia, Thailand, Russia, Portugal and now India. He is a former officer in the Swedish army with a bachelor degree in marketing and management from the University of Stockholm. Over his 12 years in IKEA he has worked in various senior management positions in expansion, marketing, store management, customer relations, corporate communications, sustainability and now in his role as Deputy Country Manager looking after functions like People, Customer Relations, Food, and Multi-channel. Patrik is passionate about sports and food. He currently lives in Gurgaon with his family.Paul Coxhill
Global Chief Marketing Officer, WGSN (UK)Paul Coxhill is an internationally experienced business and marketing leader with a track record of high performance in established, start-up and private equity-owned businesses.
Having had 13 years blue-chip Marketing experience with Barclays in the UK and South Africa, he then spent nearly 4 years as Marketing Director at online payments start-up Ukash and was part of the executive team that created a profitable, award-winning business across 6 continents which has now successfully been sold. He then joined Ascential (then known as Top Right Group (TRG)) where he has now held 2 senior marketing roles since 2012. Firstly, He created and led the Digital Marketing and Insight functions across our 5 Operating Companies and embedded these capabilities into each business.
In 2014, Paul became Global Chief Marketing Officer of WGSN, part of Ascential, the leading insight, trend forecaster and big data brand for creative-led organisations globally.Piyush Chowhan
VP & CIO, Arvind Lifestyle Brands LimitedPiyush Chowhan has strong expertise in Data Analytics, Business Intelligence, Customer Relationship Management and IT business strategy. With various publications under his name, Piyush is also proficient in Program Management, P&L Management, Business Consulting, PMO setup, ERP Implementation.
He has an MBA in Finance and Operations from Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB), Bhubaneswar, and has headed teams at the likes of Wipro, Tesco, Sandisk, Tata Infotech and Walmart.Pooraan Jaiswal
CTO, Globus Stores Pvt. Ltd.Pooraan is an accomplished IT professional having more than 17+ years of experience defining, prioritizing, planning, and driving the execution of existing and future product lines, development and maintenance of Fleet Services (Transportation), E-commerce, E-learning, Mobile applications & ERP using Agile, SDLC process/ methodology. Some of his accomplishments include successfully setting up Cloud Data centers, Portals, Product groups and building teams from scratch in various organizations, with minimal attrition.Rahul Agarwal
Managing Director & CEO, Lenovo IndiaRahul Agarwal is the India Managing Director and CEO for Lenovo, the world’s largest PC maker and an emerging PC+ leader, will be responsible for leading the brand to its next phase of growth, diversifying in smart connected devices while maintaining a strong PC and Server focus.
Rahul is a veteran at Lenovo/IBM and has held several leadership positions within Lenovo. He led the formation of the pioneering and much talked about Lenovo” Global Marketing Hub” in Bangalore. He led the marketing communication and advertising, globally for Lenovo in that role, and was instrumental in launching multiple global campaigns and launches, besides establishing WW market research and analytics functions, in Bangalore. The Lenovo Hub model henceforth has become a case study and been adopted by many large organizations. Rahul was the CMO of Lenovo India, at the time of the company formation and had the daunting task of establishing the brand from scratch and also launching the consumer business. During his tenure, in less than two years, Lenovo became a fairly well recognized and youth brand with awareness scores going up from 2 per cent to over 75 per cent.
Before Lenovo, Rahul was part of IBM India and did several roles including Marketing Manager and Desktop Business Manager Rahul is an MBA graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Rahul is a fitness freak. In his free time, he enjoys reading and travellingRajan Malhotra
President - Retail Strategy, Future Group & CEO, eZoneRajan Malhotra joined Future Group in the year 2000, and since then has led the launch and operations of a number of retail formats, brands and initiatives. He was among the small start-up team that launched India’s leading hypermarket chain, Big Bazaar, in 2001. Subsequently, he led the operations of the chain across the country with over 100 stores. In 2010, he was appointed President, Retail Strategy at Future Group to outline and execute the organisation’s plans to build and dominate its presence the top eight cities of the country through multiple retail formats. He has been actively involved in outlining the geographical expansion roadmap for KB’s Fair Price and Adhaar formats.
Over the past four years, Malhotra has been involved in leading the operations and expansion of the Group’s home and consumer electronics business through eZone, while also directing macro strategy moves at the conglomerate’s home improvement retail chain Home Town.Rajat Tuli
Co-Founder, Happily UnmarriedAfter getting his post graduate degree from MICA, Ahmedabad, Rajat Tuli worked in advertising at Mudra for two years before plunging into entrepreneurship. He co-founded Happily Unmarried with his batch mate Rahul Anand in 2003. Despite the initial hitches, Happily Unmarried is now on its way to become one of India’s iconic youth brands.
Rajat’s interests include writing comedy, long distance running and product design. He won the young creative entrepreneur award instituted by the British Council in 2009.Rajesh Jain
Managing Director and CEO, Lacoste IndiaRajesh Jain is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Lacoste India. He has been constantly nurturing the brand to its elegance since October 2009. With his persistent efforts and focused vision, he has built and propagated Lacoste in India as a complete „Lifestyle‟ brand, offering unique and original universe for 7 verticals including clothing for women, men and children, shoes, perfume, leather goods, watches etc. His strong belief in his own quote, “Top Line, Bottom Line, Growth, Customer Delight and Human Resource Development - Everything else is merely incidental” has cultivated the brand with firm establishments reaching out to every major city/ metro of the country today.
From a financial background analyzing and evaluating company strategies to details, Rajesh‟s inclination for retail industry was not a mere milestone but an opportunity to adapt to an industry which is characterized by ever changing demands and varied preferences. A persona of high esteemed spirit, Rajesh embraced the retail industry justifying his position as an ethical and process oriented leader always open to experimentation and taking calculated risks. He possesses wide ranging knowledge and unique perspective on the retail industry having worked for leading organizations across the spectrum.
Prior to his position as CEO, Rajesh has served Lacoste India as CFO for three years wherein with his steep prophecy he has directed and motivated the company to achieve desired results. Managing responsibilities that included supervising the financial risks of the corporation, designing and implementing systems and processes across the board and empowering people to execute them, Supply Chain, IT, Sourcing and Legal functions, Rajesh has imbibed the essential values of authenticity, performance and elegance from the brand. As a gregarious socialite, team cohesive professional, process oriented entrepreneur, he has fostered the brand with remarkably positive sales growth, strategically implemented marketing campaigns and pioneering media and financial planning.
Rajesh is a Master of Commerce from the University of Delhi and a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He obtained his Company Secretary degree from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. Born and brought up in Delhi, Rajesh follows an ethical and aesthetic attitude towards life.Rajesh Shewani
Head, Technology and Solution Architecture, Teradata IndiaRajesh Shewani heads Technology and Solutions at Teradata India. He comes with close to two decades of experience in the areas of Data Management, Advanced Analytics, Solution Architecture, Enterprise data warehousing and Business Intelligence to name a few. At Teradata he is responsible for leading a team of experienced Business Analytics consultants, data scientists and solution architects focusing on Teradata Data Analytics solutions.
Rajesh has worked in various areas of information management across different industries and functional domains, advising customers on devising corporate performance management and business analytics strategies that will help them achieve differential advantage. Prior to Teradata, Rajesh was with IBM for over 14 years and performed various roles in technology leadership, architecture and consulting. In his most recent role at IBM he was Country Manager for technical sales for IBM Business Analytics portfolio that included Cognos, SPSS, OpenPages and Algorithmics, leading a team of analytics functional and technical sales architects. Rajesh is certified in technologies such as Cognos BI & FPM, SOA, WebSphere Application Server and DB2.
He holds a Masters in Business Marketing & Information Management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies.Rakesh Kalra
Senior VP -- Digital Initiatives, V-Mart RetailA distinguished leader of information technologies with a rich varied experience of more than 19 years and expertise in diverse range of technologies within multiple industry settings, Rakesh Kalra has demonstrated success on different roles during the journey of last 19 years with seven leading organisations of diverse nature, in positions ranging from a Trainee to Sr. VP – (NIIT, Silicon Comnet, VCustomer, EXL Services, IndiGo, SSIPL and V-mart respectively).Ramesh Menon
CEO, HyperCITYRamesh Menon is the Chief Executive Officer at HyperCITY Retail (India) Ltd. where he is responsible for leading the company’s growth strategy and path to profitability.
With cross cultural experience of over 25 years, Ramesh Menon has a varied and rich experience across multinationals and family-owned, professionally-run organisations in India, Middle East and Africa. Having worked across FMCG, retail, manufacturing and telecom sectors, he has an extensive background and experience of complex and challenging environments, start-ups, turnarounds and situations involving managementrestructuring and team building.
Prior to joining HyperCity, he was the National Head Wireless (GSM) Operations at Reliance Communications and Hub CEO (West), at Bharti Airtel Ltd. He was an integral part of the team that set up Spencer’s Retail Ltd., as its first Head of Operations. He has also had stints with ITC Ltd., Colgate Palmolive and PepsiCo in various capacities in Sales& Marketing.
He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management with specialisation in Marketing from Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur.Ranjan Sharma
Head IT & Supply Chain, Bestseller Retail IndiaRanjan Sharma has been working with Bestseller India since August 2012 as Head of IT and Supply Chain and has over 20 years of experience.
He started his career in June 1996 with Futurecom as Product Manager and was responsible for handling sales of IT Infrastructure to Corporate Houses of Brands like IBM, Compaq and HCL. He was also responsible for developing a team for sales and support.
After having worked for about 5 years, in July 2001 he moved to Vishal Retail Ltd. as Store Manager and went on to become Zonal Operation head and subsequently Head of IT. Here he was responsible for setting up long term IT and Supply chain strategy.
In his last stint before joining Bestseller, he was working with Future Group. Here he has worked at various profiles like Head of SAP Practise, Head of Packaged applications and Head of IT and was responsible for - Building SAP Retail team. He also worked on whole bunch of strategic and tactical initiatives. He worked extensively on warehouse automation to achieve higher efficiency.
Academically, he’s an MBA from American International University of Management & Technology and a GNIIT from NIIT.Ranjit Satyanath
Head - Technology, Infiniti Retail Ltd.Ranjit Satyanath is Head of Technology at Infiniti Retail. He is responsible for driving operational efficiency through Technology. Previously he headed Technology for more than eight years at Shoppers Stop Ltd. & Crossword Book Stores Ltd where he has been responsible for several key implementations such as Business Intelligence, Mobility & Warehouse Automation. He has been an IT Practitioner for the past two decades with experience across industries such as Retail, BFSI, Media & Logistics.
Prior to Shoppers Stop, Ranjit worked at ICICI Bank in the Retail Technology group where he played a key role in the implementation of Loan Management, Credit Rating, Delinquency Management and CRM applications.Rohan Vaziralli
Country Manager, Estee Lauder IndiaA BBA from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, Rohan Vaziralli joined Estee Lauder in 1996 as a production supervisor from where he went on to direct production & engineering as also manufacturing operations. He has also served a stint as business development manager for the company in Dubai. In 2005, he donned the mantle of country manager, ELCA Cosmetics, India, a subsidiary of Estee Lauder Companies He is responsible for Estee Lauder, MAC, Clinique, and Aramis & Designer fragrances brands in India.Sachin Oswal
Omnichannel Head, Shoppers Stop LtdPrior to joining Shoppers Stop, Sachin Oswal was COO of Infibeam.com. As a co-founder, he was been instrumental in setting up the technology, category management and operations functions for Infibeam.com.
Prior to Infibeam.com, Sachin was a technologist at Amazon.com in the Digital Video and Seller Central teams. He had his first experience in distributed systems at ADP-Wilco where he built service farms for claims processing and brokerage services.
Sachin has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.Samik Roy
Country Head, Microsoft Dynamics (Applications) Business, Microsoft IndiaSamik Roy is the Country Head for Microsoft Dynamics (Applications) Business at Microsoft India. In his role, he leads the Dynamics business across Marketing, Sales, and Pre-sales Channels and is also responsible for the support revenue stream. His portfolio covers the complete suite of Microsoft ERP and CRM products - Dynamics AX, Dynamics Navision, Dynamics CRM and CRM Online.
With close to 22 years of experience, Samik brings with him a deep understanding of business applications in the Enterprise and SMB applications space. He carries good knowledge of verticals like BFSI, Retail, Healthcare, IT/ITeS and e-commerce. He is the executive sponsor of a number of critical projects in the country. Strategy, People Management, turning around a business and CRM is his forte. Samik has been with Microsoft for four years and has led the Dynamics business on the path of growth and success. Prior to Microsoft, Samik was in Oracle for 11 years where he was responsible of key portfolios like heading CRM for South Asia, Banking & Financial Applications business for India and was also the head of “Growth Applications” business.
Samik holds an honors degree in Chemistry from Delhi University and an MBA (Masters of Business Administration) from FORE School of Management.Samir Kuckreja
Founder & CEO, Tasanaya HospitalitySamir Kuckreja has 26 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He has worked in a variety of leading domestic and international brands and partnered with a PE fund.
Samir is the Founder & CEO of Tasanaya Hospitality Pvt. Ltd., which specializes in consultancy work for the hospitality industry. Areas of work include advising start-up concepts, food technology companies, foreign chains on entry strategy, existing chains on menu and cost optimization, new store planning, systems and franchising, executive search and organization development, restaurant companies on fund raising and PE/VC funds on acquisitions.
Samir is a Trustee and was the President of National Restaurant Association of India from 2009 to 2014. The body represents leading domestic and international chains and does industry research, training programs and advocacy with the government.
He was CEO & MD of Nirula’s from June 2006 till April 2012 and was also a co-investor with Navis Capital Partners in the business. He earlier worked with Yum! Restaurants and Mars Hotel & Restaurants.
Samir is a founding member of the Governing Council of the National Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council.
He is a regular key note speaker at leading industry conferences and also to leading academic and other institutions including Ashoka University, IHM Pusa and the Armed Forces Senior Officers Training Institute in Goa.
Samir has a BA in Economics Honours from St. Stephens College, Delhi and a BS in Hotel Administration from Cornell University, USA.Samir Modi
Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Modi EnterprisesAn alumnus of the famed Harvard Business School, Samir Modi’s stint in US has given him a global perspective and a multicultural approach to work, which he converted into pioneering retail concepts and formats.
Samir launched Modicare in 1996, the first Indian direct selling company, which marked the beginning of new concepts and business ideas for the K. K. Modi Group.
The company has now 1 million consultants, providing products, knowledge and employment with a turnover of Rs. 70 crores.
He founded ColorBar Cosmetics in 2004, and within a span of two years ColorBar had managed to garner 10% of the cosmetics market share in North India. He also is the brain behind India’s first convenience store chain – Twenty Four Seven Retail Stores that are open 24 hours, 7 days a week, offering consumers a complete international shopping experience with a wide range of products from ready-to-eat food, beverages, groceries provisions, pharmacy to various convenient services from Bill Payment, International & Domestic Courier, Online Movie Tickets and lots more round the clock. The chain now 40-stores-strong, and looking to expand across India.Sandeep Narain
Senior Vice President – Operations and Visual Merchandising, MaxSandeep Narain is an MBA with over 18 years of professional experience in Marketing and Retail. He is currently the Senior Vice President - Operations and Visual Merchandising at Max.
He has been associated with the Landmark Group for more than 13 years in roles with Lifestyle India, Max UAE and now driving the 130 plus store strong Max India Business. Max is the largest Value Fashion mono brand in India with 35% CAGR YOY.
Sandeep is passionate about his journey at Max and is keenly focusing on driving a transformation and enablement exercise to make the brand omni-channel ready in the changing retail environment in India, with strong leadership and fantastic teams across. He works with a collaborative approach in getting jobs done well.
He lives in Bangalore with his wife and two children, is a keen follower of soccer and loves to spend time with family on short breaks.Sandeep Singhal
Co-founder, Nexus Venture PartnersSandeep has been an entrepreneur and a pioneer of venture capital in India. He was co-founder & CEO of Medusind Solutions, one of the leading healthcare outsourcing companies in India. He also was the co-founder of eVentures India, a leading venture firm focused on early stage ventures in India. Several of his earlier investments have had successful exits, including CustomerAsset (acquired by Firstsource), Mentorix Solutions (acquired by Lionbridge), Intigma (acquired by Emptoris), and MakeMyTrip (sale to SAIF Partners). Sandeep has also held senior roles at McKinsey & Company, Digital Equipment and EDA Systems.
Sandeep has an MBA (with Distinction) from The Wharton School with a dual Major in Finance and Marketing, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is on the Board of TiE Mumbai, and is actively involved with the Entrepreneurs Organization and the Wharton and Stanford India Alumni Associations.Sanjeev Rao
Director -- Business Development, Raymond Apparel LtdSanjeev has over 21 years of extensive experience in Retail. In the past he has worked with both National and International teams across his career span. He has led the geographic expansion of Music Retail/Supermarkets/Hypermarkets and Departmental stores at a National Level.
His previous assignment was with Spar Hypermarkets(Landmark Group ) where he was Vice-President Development for India. He brings significant expertise in Business Development, Retail Operations and Lease Management.
He is currently working with Raymond Apparel Ltd as Director Business Development and is responsible for the Group’s Expansion for Brands such as Park Avenue/Color Plus/Raymond/Made to Measure and Raymond Bed & Bath.Satyendra K Dwivedi
CTO & Vice President - IT, Mahindra RetailSatyendra K Dwivedi, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President - IT, has little over two decades of experience in the IT domain.
He spent around a decade in Retail IT starting with Nordstrom USA, Oracle Retail (Retek, Profitlogic, 360Commerce), and currently heads technology at Mahindra Retail. He also worked extensively with Startups and built scalable high availability secure cloud web and mobile apps using open source technologies.
Satyendra is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur and IIM Bangalore.Saurabh Jhingan
Co-Founder & COO, Latin QuartersWith 18 years’ experience in the field of retail, Saurabh heads operations with focus on expansion & business development at Latin Quarters.
With close to two decades of business expertise, he stands as an unrivalled visionary for young entrepreneurs, who wish to pursue their passion.
Before establishing Latin Quarters, a decade back, he managed an international chain of pharmacies in New York. The brand’s success goes credited to his international managerial acumen and ingenious organizational sensibility.
Saurabh, hails as an alumni of Hofstra University, New York with a bachelor’s degree in the field of Management .
Latin Quarters retails at 115 locations, of which 15 are exclusive stores and 100 department stores like Shoppers Stop, Central, Kapsons across 33 cities all over the country. LQ is also available at its own e-commerce web site and at Myntra, Jabong, Amazon and Flipkart.Seshu Kumar Tirumala
Head of Merchandising, BigBasket.comSeshu Kumar Tirumala’s role focuses on buying, merchandising and brand intelligence for the leading Indian online grocery retailer Big Basket. Prior to joining Big Basket, Seshu was head of rural retailing and marketing at ITC - Agri Business Division, where he ran the Choupal Saagar chain of rural hypermarkets and rural activations for all ITC brands.
He has also worked with Fabmall.com (then Fabmart.com), which was launched by the same team as Big Basket, and spearheaded its expansion into supermarkets.Shailesh Chaturvedi
MD & CEO, Tommy Hilfiger IndiaAn industry thought leader in development of premium international brands in India, Shailesh has been leading Tommy Hilfiger’s apparel business in India for the past six years.
Managing Director & CEO, Toonz Retail India Pvt. Ltd.Sharad, a passionate retailer, brings in nearly two decades of experience in business. in his professional journey he has acquired wide experience of customer service, merchandising, strategic initiatives and retail operations. He joined Toonz in March 2012 with aims to make Toonz a leading firm in kids’ retail segment and most loved brand for Kids. In last four years he has turn around the company and strengthened its retail and brand portfolio. Toonz is successfully operating more than 100 stores in India spread across 49 cities and 17 states. Toonz is now expanding its presence internationally by opening its first store in GCC. He has plans to open 10 stores in next 12 months’ time in international market. Toonz’ Apparel brands WOWMOM and SuperYoung are available internationally in countries like Nepal, Mauritius, Fiji, GCC and Papua New Guinea. In online space, WOWMOM and SuperYoung are also available via its own e-commerce website “TOONZ.IN” and 3rd party online marketplaces like Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Jabong and PayTM.
Before joining Toonz, Sharad had a rich experience with Future Group for nearly one and a half decade. In his last stint as the business head for value retail at West zone for Future Group, Sharad successfully managed the operations of more than 1 million square feet of retail space, administered the sizeable business (Rs 1000 Cr+) and led a team of more than 2000 people.
In his professional Journey so far, Sharad has gathered experience of diverse work environment and consumer behaviour. Recently, Sharad was recognized as 100 most Influential Retail Leaders of 2016 by Asia Retail Congress, which is the single most important global platform to promote world-class retail practices. He believes, a lot remains unexplored and there is a lot more to do.
Outside of work Sharad’ favorite recreational activities is to explore nature. He also and loves Bollywood movies and believes Bollywood shows the mirror of changes in society.
Sharad is a qualified Chartered Accountant and an IIM Calcutta alumnus.Shivani Poddar
Co-founder, Faballey.comShivani completed her graduation from Hindu College where she consistently topped her batch for all 3 years and did an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi where she was amongst the top 5% of her class and represented the college and won many National level competitions. After graduating from FMS, she was a part of the leadership program at Hindustan Unilever and specialized in the Commercial and Supply Chain function. She has also worked with Avendus Capital as a part of the Investment Banking team.
At FabAlley, Shivani has been responsible for setting up sourcing and manufacturing processes, financial systems, and fully integrated supply chain techniques, thereby, spearheading the Company’s growth to become a world class fashion brand.Shivaraj Subramaniam
Head, Trendin.comShivaraj Subramaniam has been Chief Customer Experience Officer at Madura Garments Lifestyle Retail Company Limited since August 18, 2015. Madura Garments Lifestyle Retail Company Limited designs, manufactures, distributes, and retails apparel and accessories for men, women, youth, and children. He is responsible for the design and curation of consumer practices for the company, aimed at building higher levels of customer-centricity.Siddharth Bindra
Managing Director, BIBABorn and brought up in India, Siddharth Bindra, is the Managing Director of BIBA. After completing his Masters in Commerce from Sydenham College, Mumbai, he joined BIBA in 1997. Currently, he has over 17 years of experience in the textile and apparel industry in India.
Siddharth joined the family business, with a primary objective to convert the ‘home grown’ product to a national ‘brand’. Capitalising on the predominantly unorganised ethnicwear sector, it has been his keen understanding of the Indian consumer and the retail environment along with thorough knowledge of the product which has transformed BIBA into the country’s most loved ethnic wear brand.
In fact, today the company enjoys leadership position and is by far the largest ethnic wear retail chain in the country. With the constant endeavour to expand the business, product profile and consumer reach, Siddharth signed up with designer Rohit Bal to design a collection marking BIBA’s foray in the luxury ethnic wear and occasion wear category.
BIBA recently raised capital and provided a very successful exit to its earlier investor Future Ventures and now has Warburg Pincus and Faering Capital as Investors in the Company.
BIBA today has over 138 exclusive stores present in over 65 cities pan India. It is also available in large format stores such as Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle, Pantaloons, Central, etc. Headquartered in Chattarpur, New Delhi, BIBA currently employs over 900 people. BIBA aims to open another 100 BIBA stores in the next two years.Siraj A Chaudhry
Chairman, Cargill India Private LimitedSiraj A Chaudhry is the Chairman of Cargill India, the wholly owned subsidiary of Cargill Inc., and the CEO of Cargill Foods India. His tenure at Cargill spans more than 19 years. Siraj has been associated with the agriculture and food industry for over 25 years with stints at ITC ltd and the State Trading Corporation of India (STC) before joining Cargill. Siraj is a post-graduate from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) and a graduate from the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), University of Delhi.Sridhar Tirumala
Founder & CEO, TRUPIKDr. Sridhar Tirumala, changed the face of retailing of mobile devices, by creating smartphones with extended battery life, which increased the global sales of smartphones by 16% as observed by Samsung and Apple, in 2008.
Sridhar moved on to influence gaming graphics industry by creating products that enhanced consumer experience while reducing manufacturing costs for high volume and low margin semi-conductor companies like TSMC, Nintendo, AMD, Nvidia and Microsoft.
In his current avatar, as Founder & CEO of TRUPIK (a Silicon Valley-based company), Sridhar has brought his technology and consumer engagement strategy from the semi-conductor and gaming world to the world of fashion retail. In a span of 2 years, through TRUPIK, Sridhar has re-invented fashion retail by providing the highest degree of personalisation for consumer engagement with the brands’ brick-and-mortar stores through the use of virtual draping technology on mobile platforms, that has culminated in the creation of 10% incremental revenue for the offline stores. He has created an immensely scalable virtual manufacturing plant that enables generation of millions of garments virtually to reposition global fashion industry onto modern mobile devices.
Sridhar graduated from IIT-Madras and went on to pursue a Masters in Material Science from Virginia Tech, Virginia as well as a Masters in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusettes, Boston. He further earned a Doctorate in Electronic Materials from Virginia Tech, where he unilaterally wrote and published an unprecedented 43 papers and 12 patents in a span of 3 academic years.Suchi Mukherjee
CEO & Founder, Limeroad.comSuchi Mukherjee is the founder of Limeroad website, which lets you discover, share and shop women lifestyle products.Suchi Mukherjee has sought education from the famed University of Cambridge and London School of Economics. Suchi Mukherjee completed her bachelor in arts specializing in economics and mathematics from the University of Cambridge. She has learned all the trades of business by doing her masters in economics and finance from one of the most prestige business schools in the world which is London School of Economics. She started working at Lehman Brothers Inc. in 1998 in a position of Senior Associate for Corporate Finance. It was Suchi Mukherjee first job in her career. She worked there for 5 years until moving on to her next company in her career. She focused highly on Telecoms Media technology and Financial Institutions while she worked there. After leaving the company with a rich experience, she moved on to work with Virgin Media from June 2003 as a Director of Change and Business Development. Also, she was highly consumer focused in Virgin Media and was a member of Consumer Division Management Team.
She worked with Virgin media for 2 whole years and then switched over her career path again to eBay, which was one of the best e-commerce platforms available. With eBay, she learnt many skills that would later be handy in her own venture. Also this change in companies helped her work in diversified conditions across many companies. In the year 2006, Skype was a part of eBay then, which is now property of Microsoft. With the phenomenal work she did, Suchi Mukherjee was soon promoted to Director and Member of Executive Management Team of Skype. She oversaw the major overhaul that Skype went through in its earlier stage and made it what it is now. There were structural concerns over the company as 3 CEO’s were changed in mere 2 years.
After empowering Skype with her skills, she was again promoted to a position of Managing Director of Gumtree, which was a child company of eBay Inc. After all this years, she had become reliant enough to start something on her own and take it off. She took Gumtree to great heights and made it a market leader in UK. After successfully handling companies of this scale, she set out to do something of her own and founded LimeRoad, which is her own venture.
CIO -- Retail & Ecommerce, Al Futtaim.Sumit Bathla has over 16 years of global experience in managing IT& Innovation for world’s best class retail companies. He is currently working in Al-Futtaim & responsible for managing IT & Digital Innovation landscape for more than 50+ Brands like Ikea, ToysRUs, Marks & Spencer, Guess, Zara, Ted Baker, Robinsons, Royal Sporting House, etc. comprising more than 1000 stores spread across 19+ countries and managing complexities of different formats like Big Box, Specialty, Lifestyle, Department, Fashion and F&B.
Sumit is also playing key lead role in strategic initiatives for the Group, including omnichannel, digital innovations and customer engagement.
Prior to joining Alfuttaim, Sumit contributed to the success of companies like WalMart, Barista Coffee, W and Alghanim Industries (Kuwait).
Sumit is an active member for many retail forums across the globe, including NRF, World Retail Congress , Retail Congress Asia and Middle East Retail Forum. As a speaker, he has touched upon critical issues like managing customer expectations, IOT, omnichannel, retail profitability, future of retail, etc.Sunil Nair
Sr. VP – Technology & Biz. Solutions, Spar Hypermarkets IndiaSunil is an accomplished Retail Technology specialist with over 20 years of experience in innovative Retail Technologies to drive brick-and-mortar and online growth. Ensuring leadership through Technology, Strategy and Innovation coupled with an impeccable track record in change management and execution excellence. He has been the driving force behind major business process transformations that have delivered cost reductions, efficiency gains, agility and competitive advantage across business.
Sunil’s experience spans Food & Grocery, Apparel & Textiles, Furniture & Furnishing, Consumer Durables across multiple geographies.Sunil Nayak
CEO, Reliance JewelsA Chartered and Cost Accountant by qualification, Sunil Nayak originates from Mumbai, India. Post qualifying in 1987 & 1988 respectively, he spent initial 3 years in India working with WIMCO Ltd and Lupin Ltd.
In August 1990, he took up an assignment in Nigeria and soon started heading a trading company owned by Dalamal Group as General Manager. In 1996, he joined Mumbai based Ajanta Pharma Ltd for their upcoming manufacturing plant at Mauritius. He soon started heading Ajanta Pharma (Mauritius) Ltd as General Manager and was subsequently elevated as CEO. He developed various markets in Africa for the group. During his tenure, Ajanta Pharma was the first Indian company to have widely penetrated in French speaking African countries.
In 2001, he joined Middle East based retail giant Landmark Group. Between 2001 and 2006, he was looking after Kuwait operations for the group as Country Head. During these 5 years, the business of Kuwait operations grew three fold and became the most profitable country for the group. In 2006, he was asked to move to group’s headquarters at Dubai, UAE with a mandate to set up International Division. He was also given responsibility to head group’s biggest brand Centrepoint. Under his leadership, the group expanded its operations in various countries in Middle East & Africa. Centrepoint brand became one of the fastest growing brand in the Middle East. Today, Centrepoint brand competes with some of the best known international brands like Marks & Spencer, Zara, H & M etc.
In December 2012, he returned to India and currently heads jewellery division of Reliance Retail Ltd as CEO – Reliance Jewels.
Sunil has extensively travelled into Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe and North America both at personal and professional capacity. He is married to Trupti and is blessed with two sons - Dipen & Miten. Sunil loves to travel and is a health freak. Inspite of living abroad through most of his professional career, Sunil has been and is very passionate about Indian Political Scene, which he stays in touch with through Indian media channels.Tanvi Malik
Co-founder, Faballey.comTanvi is an Economics graduate from Lady Shri Ram College and an MBA from MICA Ahmedabad. She has worked at L’Oreal for the launch and retail expansion of their luxury brand Lancome and at Titan Industries Limited where she worked as an Asst. Sales & Retail Manager in Mumbai before moving on to a Brand Manager role for Titan’s high-end watches.
At FabAlley, she is responsible for setting up the entire website, from design to functionality, leading the brand’s marketing efforts, especially the Abby-award winning ’’Unfollow’’ campaign & heading the design team to ensure FabAlley’s products remain edgy & design-differentiatedUnnat Varma
Managing Director (Indian Subcontinent) – Pizza Hut, Yum! Restaurants IndiaUnnat Varma is Managing Director – Pizza Hut for the Indian Sub-continent. Pizza Hut is owned by Yum Brands, world’s largest restaurant company which also owns KFC and Taco Bell worldwide.
Unnat has 21 years of experience of which he has spent 10 years working with Yum! Brands. He joined Yum! In 2006 as Director Marketing – KFC for the Indian Subcontinent. He spent 5 years in that role and built a strong foundation for KFC’s success and growth story in India. In Jan 2011, he took over the role of General Manager – Taco Bell and was responsible for launching the brand as the next growth engine for Yum! In India. After successfully establishing the consumer and business proposition for Taco Bell and appointing a new franchise partner, Unnat moved in as the General Manager – Pizza Hut Indian Sub-continent in Jan 2015. Pizza Hut is one of the most established brand and it has topped the chart at the Brand Equity “Most Trusted Food Service Brand” in India 11th year in a row.
Prior to joining Yum! Brands, Unnat worked with Gillette in India for 12 yrs across Sales and Marketing functions.
Unnat has a degree in Engineering and Management from University of Poona. He did his MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune.Vanitha Narayanan
MD, IBM IndiaVanitha Narayanan is the Managing Director of IBM India Private Limited, and the Regional General Manager for India South Asia (ISA). Appointed to this leadership position in January 2013, she is responsible for all of IBM’s sales, marketing, services and global delivery operations in the India/South Asia region, including operations in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. India remains one of the fastest growing countries for IBM and has emerged as a strategic location within the company’s global services delivery network.
Having joined IBM in the US in 1987, Vanitha has over 28 years of experience working with multiple client sets and in several countries. Since 2009, she has been a part of the IBM ISA business, serving in roles as the Vice President of Sales & Distribution and then as the Managing Partner for Global Business Services (GBS). Prior to this, she has served as the Vice President of Communications Sector, Asia Pacific, and the Global Vice President for IBM’s Telecom Solutions & Partnerships.
She is a member of IBM’s Growth & Transformation Team that comprises senior Global Executives who are selected by the IBM Chairman. In 2012, Vanitha was inducted into the IBM Industry Academy, a select group of experts, designed to advance IBM’s industry thought leadership and brand. Vanitha is now an advisory board member of the Industry Academy. She is also a member of IBM’s Global Women’s Council.
Vanitha was the first woman chairperson of AMCHAM India (2015-2016) and continues to serve as a member on the National Executive Board. In addition, she is a member of the National Council of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) since 2013-14, Co-Chair of National Committee for MNCs of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2013-14 and also the Chairperson of the board of governors for National Institutes of Technology (NIT) heading NIT-Suratkal.
She has a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Madras and a Masters in Business Administration in Information Systems from University of Houston - Magna Cum Laude. Vanitha is married with a daughter and is presently residing in Bangalore, India.Vasanth Kumar M
Executive Director, Max and EasybuyVasanth Kumar is the Executive Director of Max Fashions ,and EasyBuy India and is also board member of Lifestyle International .
Max, a division of Dubai based retail giant Landmark Group., has pioneered the concept of Value Fashion Retailing in the country. Max is today the Largest Value fashion brand across 16 countries with over 350 stores and combined Turn Over of USD 1.6 Billion .
As head of Max India operations, Vasanth is spearheading the brand’s aggressive growth plans since its inception in 2005 and Max is already the largest brand in the segment with over 150 stores across 55 cities in India with T.O of INR 1800 Cr in 2015-16.
He is also overseeing Easybuy , a newly launched value apparel concept for Small cities in India . Easybuy currently has a distribution of 14 exclusive stores and 11 Hypermarket (SPAR) shop-in-shops and is targeting 160 Cr T.O in its second year of operations.
With an illustrious marketing career spanning 25 years, Vasanth has a rich and diverse career in Marketing, Sales and Retail Management in the Apparel, FMCG and Consumer Durable industries in India. Vasanth Kumar started his career with a sales & marketing stint in Hindustan Unilever where he handled various marketing campaigns and product launches.
He has also spent a decade with Madura Garments handling their Premium brand portfolio as Vice President Marketing . And as part of launch team, he has successfully established Peter England as one of the largest selling Apparel Brands in the Value segment during his stint with the company.
He had been awarded “Retail Professional of the year” by CMAI in 2015 for his contribution to the outstanding growth of Max Fashion India and also got “Retail Leadership” award at Indian Retail congress in April 2016.
Vasanth has an M. Tech from IIT, Madras and a ’89 PGDBM (MBA – Marketing & Finance) from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
Vasanth lives with his wife who is a freelance Interior designer and their 13 year old daughter, in Bangalore.Vikram Idnani
Head - IT, Trent Ltd.Vikram Idnani heads IT at Trent Ltd., a Tata enterprise, comprising Westside, Landmark and Star Bazaar retail chains. He is responsible for leading and implementing IT strategy.
Vikram has over 23 years of global experience, spanning nine years in the US and the rest in India. Prior to joining Trent in 2006, he consulted for international retail and consumer goods firms, including Borders, Home Depot, K-Mart, PepsiCo and interned at JD Williams (UK). He has also worked with Airlines, Finance, Home Building and Healthcare industries.
At Trent, Vikram has spearheaded SAP implementations at Westside and Landmark and is leading technology change through supply chain automation, retail store efficiency enhancement and initiatives in ecommerce, mobility and use of the cloud. He has led Westside and Star Bazaar’s entry into open source Linux for their point-of-sale and Loyalty programs in 2008, the first such implementation for any retailer in India.
Vikram possesses a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai. He is a British Chevening Scholar and has studied advanced information technology management at Manchester Business School.
He believes that to be a credible technologist, one must first understand the business and what makes the customer tick. Technology is not the end; it is the means to the end. And a powerful means it is!Vijay Jain
CEO and Founder Director, ORRAVijay Jain is CEO and Founder Director of ORRA, India’s premier jewellery brand with a diversified retail chain of 32 boutiques across 24 cities.
Before being at the helm of ORRA, Vijay had a decade of exposure in areas such as Advisory, M&A and investment banking across diverse industries. His repertoire of work spans several leading investment banks that include Kotak Mahindra, Peregrine, SSKI and Rabo Bank. He has been an advisor across different verticals such as Luxury goods, Retail, Beverages, Conglomerates, Media, Internet, and Infrastructure including Power. Currently he is on the advisory board of a social media company. In the retail sector he has advised several companies such as Café Coffee Day, Barista, Crossword, etc.
A sense of entrepreneurship and the need to create value saw him make a significant change in his career to follow his heart. He took over a family run business and turned it into a professional organization which now employs over 450 people. He has been responsible for the conceptualization and successful launch of ORRA. It is his vision, cross functional experience and most importantly his love and passion for retail that has seen ORRA evolve into a brand to reckon with in the retail space. The focus is to now evolve in the digital arena.
The need to give back to society and his keen sense of aesthetics resulted in collaborations with noted artists like Anjoli Ela Menon, late S.H Raza and Tarun Tahiliani to raise funds for charity. The privilege of having hosted Belgian Royalty or the presence of the brand at International events can all be attributed to his forward looking approach. Mr. Jain has been a speaker at various business forums including FICCI, India Retail Forum and the Harvard Business School.
ORRA has won accolades along its journey with being awarded the Best Jewellery Chain, Most Innovative Jeweller amongst others, and most importantly the confidence of consumers. It has most recently also won the prestigious award for the Best Earring Jewellery Design of the year at the National Jewellery Awards 2016, Blogger’s Choice Award (Non- Vivah) and Best Platinum Sales Manager National awards at the Retail Jeweller India Awards 2016.
Vijay has a master’s degree in management from S.P. Jain Institute of Management, completed his bachelors from Sri Ram College, Delhi and his schooling from St. Paul’s, Darjeeling.Vinay Bhatia
CEO – Group Loyalty and Analytics, Future GroupVinay Bhatia is CEO – Group Loyalty and Analytics and is leading the 1X1 strategy across the Future Group. This includes Initiatives across loyalty programs (including BBPC, Payback and T24), payment wallets, Gift Vouchers & Cards, Customer & Data Analytics.
In his earlier stint, Vinay was with Shoppers’ Stop, where he last served as an Executive Vice President, overseeing Marketing, Loyalty and Analytics. He was part of Shoppers Stop for eight years and was an integral part of the executive committee and leadership team.
He is fascinated by data analytics and the science of shopping and has made significant contributions to the growth of this function. He is passionate about data-driven marketing that is measurably linked to business.
With 23 year experience in customer-facing roles in sales and marketing across various product categories, Vinay also held a leadership role at Marico Ltd working on brands like Parachute, Saffola and Sweekar and was also instrumental in launching Marico’s first international subsidiary, Marico Bangladesh Limited. He has also held pivotal roles at Asian Paints and Blowplast.
Vinay holds a Master’s in Management Studies from Sydenham Institute of Management, Mumbai University and a Bachelor’s in Science (Statistics) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.
A passionate foodie, traveller, and health buff, he regards himself a veritable encyclopaedia on restaurants across India and abroad. He is a regular practitioner of Yoga.Vineet Gautam
Country Head, Bestseller (Jack & Jones, Vero Moda, ONLY)Vineet Gautam, India head of the Bestseller Group, has over 14 years of experience in the Indian retail industry and has worked with fashion, telecom and food retail in various positions and levels. His last few assignments were with United Colors of Benetton, Idea Cellular and Wills lifestyle.
Bestseller is a leading fashion retail company from Europe. In India, Bestseller is present under the brand names: Jack & Jones, ONLY, and Vero Moda.Vinod Bidarkoppa
Group Chief Information and Technology Officer, Future GroupVinod Bidarkoppa brings over 20 years of global experience in diverse operational and strategic executive Technology leadership roles with global Fortune 100 companies across different verticals – Omni Channel Retail, Airline and Banking. Vinod has lived and worked in various geographies internationally.
In his current role as the Group Chief Information and Technology Officer, reporting to the Group CEO of Future Group, the largest retailer in India, Vinod is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of Technology for various businesses under the group.
Previously at Tesco PLC, as Divisional CIO, reporting to the Group Executive Committee, Vinod was responsible for Worldwide Engineering and Service across Retail Applications, Digital Commerce (Tesco.com and Mobile) and Infrastructure comprising of UK, US, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia operations of Tesco. Prior to joining Tesco, Vinod served in various Executive and Senior leadership roles at HP : as the Director and Country General Manager for the Applications and Industry divisions, including Consulting and Systems Integration for Hewlett Packard (HP), India region; as Applications Industry Executive for the Travel, Transportation and Logistics Business for Asia Pacific region based out of Singapore; various leadership roles in the areas of Industry Consulting, Strategic Account Management, Product Development and Service Delivery based out of the US.
Vinod has an MBA degree from Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University (Texas, USA) and MS degree in Computer Science from Texas Tech University (Texas, USA). He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India. Vinod frequently publishes thought leadership articles and participates in various Industry and Technology forums as a speaker. Vinod loves running, reading and traveling.Vinod Menon
Group President – Finance, Landmark GroupVinod Menon is a veteran in the finance domain and comes with over 25 years of extensive experience. Previous to Landmark Group, he worked for Britannia Industries Ltd. for over 21 years in various roles such as Head - Mergers and Acquisitions, Internal Audit, CEO - Dairy Business, Vice President - Strategy and New Business Development and finally as the Chief Financial Officer of the organization.
Vinod has completed his Chartered Accountancy from the Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants in India and his Bachelors in Commerce from Sydenham College of Commerce & Economic.Visalakshi Subramaniam
Head of Retail -- India, ThoughtWorks India Pvt Ltd.Visalakshi has extensive experience in domain and process consulting, business transformation programme delivery in retail and consumer-facing industries.
She believes in strategizing and crafting solutions in areas of differentiation for the retailer be it core retail functions, customer engagement or futuristic ideas!
She has worked with varied segments of retailers across US, UK, EU, India and South Africa.
Prior to joining ThoughtWorks, Visalakshi worked in Wipro Technologies and Metro Cash & Carry.
She has a Masters in Business Administration from Ohio University, and Bachelor in Science in Psychology.Vivek Biyani
Director, Big Bazaar DirectVivek Biyani joined Future Group in June, 2007 and currently leads the group’s initiatives in Digital Businesses. Prior to this he was instrumental in setting up the Home Solutions business of the group.
As a mentor to the digital business, Vivek leads strategy and new business development for all digital businesses. He is tasked with the group’s vision of generating a significant proportion of the group revenues on the digital platform. Currently he is engaged is setting up Big Bazaar Direct which is the first digital initiative from the group.
Vivek was earlier part of the leadership team at Home Solutions which ran retail formats such as Home Town eZone etc. He led operations, category management and logistics and was involved with the business almost since its inception.
Vivek did his graduation studies in Business Administration from the Stephen M. Ross School of business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He held various leadership positions such as Analyst at Michigan Interactive Investments, Associate Chairperson of Business Student Council and Secretary of the Professional Development Committee.
Beyond his work environments, Vivek is an avid sports player and follows Tennis, Squash and Formula 1 racing. He also is keenly interested in geopolitical relationships.Vivek Gaur
Founder & CEO, Yepme.comVivek Gaur is a serial start-up person with a highly successful track record of building and scaling new businesses ground up. He built Bagittoday.com from scratch to being one of India’s largest retail ecommerce website. During the same period he built MediaMart, a chain of stores selling books, magazines and music at Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai airports and the Delhi Metro network.
He has rich entrepreneurial and leadership experience of running established businesses as well as creating new ones.
Vivek has held senior positions in HT Media and Living Media. He was Business Head (North & East) in HT Media and was Executive Director in Living Media. He gained extensive experience in Sales and Marketing during his 10 year stint in HUL.
Vivek is an alumnus of DCE, Delhi and IIM, LucknowYakeen Gazi
Sr. Vice President -- IT & Logistics, HyperCITYYakeen Gazi has over 25 years of experience in technology enablement in retail, FMCG, logistics and education sectors.
Yakeen is currently Sr. Vice President IT & Logistics at HyperCITY Retail India Ltd, where he has been for the past 10 years as the founder member of the management team setting up the retail business of 20 hypermarket stores with 1 million sqft across India.
During his tenure at HyperCITY, Yakeen was instrumental in the startup of HyperCITY Argos, a joint venture between Hypercity and Argos from UK for a multi-channel retail business in India, heading the store operations with seven stores, customer contact center for ordering through the catalog and an e-comm website channel.
Prior to HyperCITY, Yakeen worked with Mattel Toys India in transforming the business through Mattel International system set up in IndiaZubin Cooper
CEO, Bentel Associates Realty Design Consultants Pvt. Ltd.Zubin has over two decades of experience in the architecture and real estate development sector. He brings to Bentel Associates a wealth of knowledge in the design and development of urban planning, mixed-use, hospitality and retail projects.
Previously, Zubin has worked with prestigious architectural firms such as SOM and RTKL both as an Architect and Urban Designer. In his previous profiles, he has been associated with many award winning projects such as the new mall and refurbishment of Principe Pio Train Station in Madrid, Spain and working on prestigious planning projects such as the new masterplan for the city of Dubai.
Zubin is a graduate from Oxford Brookes University as an Architect and Urban Designer. He is also an active member of the RIBA and a visiting lecturer at Oxford.
Currently based in Mumbai, Zubin loves music, drawing and travel. He also loves sports, having represented the national cricket team of Spain.Yogeshwar Sharma
Executive Director, Select CITYWALKAn exemplary shopping centre professional, Yogeshwar Sharma has successfully led the country’s most admired shopping centre, Select CITYWALK, and has been with the organisation for 10 eventful years since its inception. He has been responsible for various functions for Select CITYWALK, starting from leasing, operations and now management of the shopping centre.
He is a 1996 batch graduate of Executive Masters in International Trade from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) and has educational qualifications and credentials in science, law, finance, shopping centre leasing & management. He has attended numerous executive management and development programmes, including educational programmes held by International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and also programs organised by MECSC in the Middle East.
Sharma has been visiting faculty at several institutes, including being lead faculty at the International Shopping Malls conference in Malaysia in 2014. He is a recipient of several awards and industry recognitions, including the Retail Icon Award from Asia Retail Congress and has been recognised as being among the 50 most talented retail professionals of India by CMO Asia.