Viney Singh is the Managing Director of Max Hypermarket India Pvt Limited, which is part of the Dubai based Landmark group. The company has 13 operational hypermarkets in the cities of Bangalore, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Vijaywada, Pune, Mangalore and Coimbatore and will be adding 8-10 stores a year. Prior to this, Viney held leadership positions at Reliance Communications for 4 years and had a 2 decade long tenure at Unilever, in India and overseas.
Rajneesh brings with him more than 14 years of rich and diverse experience in Leasing, Business Development & Operations functions from real estate and retail industry. His experience in retail industry as a Retailer, Developer and Consultant helps him to approach subject from view point of all stake holders. In this position, he is responsible for Operations, Leasing, Business Development. Rajneesh has a passion for knowledge sharing and has written many articles. He has previously worked with Cushman and Wakefield and Barista Coffee Company Ltd. Go Back
Soon after completing his MBA at the renowned HEC School of Management in Paris, Rahul Kale realised his potential of transforming the 30-year-old family business where they used to manufacture cosmetics. With an immense respect and belief in Ayurveda, he established a team consisting of cosmetic chemists, Ayurveda doctors, botanists and fragrance specialists, and thus began a three year effort with a simple mission - to make Ayurveda relevant to the aesthetic sensibilities of a modern consumer, without diluting its core principles. He was inspired to create Iraya, during his stay in France where he met several business leaders who had taken traditional concepts and transformed them to create iconic contemporary brands. From 2006 to 2008, Kale headed a team that created a line of Fresh Natural Cosmetics for the Russian market. The brand now successfully operates 12 stores across Russia. The brand has launched 28 products in 2006, and today the range comprises over 170 formulations. Since 2007, the company has also been exporting, and its present international markets include Italy, Russia, The US, Switzerland, France and more.. Kale is now focusing on growing Iraya in the retail space and also expanding to international markets.
M.A. Mehaboob is the promoter and Director of Hi LITE Builders Private Limited, the foremost developer of premium homes, business and retail spaces. He has more than ten years experience in real estate and has been instrumental in conceptualising and executing the Focus Mall, the first mall in Kerala. And the group is also going to open the second and the best mall- HiLITE Mall in Calicut, Kerala, in this year. He is the Managing Director of Secura Investment Management India Pvt Ltd, the Investment Managers of First SEBI registered Shariah complied Venture Capital Fund in India – Secura India Real Estate Fund. He is also the President of CREDAI, Calicut. M.A. Mehaboob was a practicing company secretary for ten years and the past Chairman of the Calicut Chapter of Institute of Company Secretaries of India. M.A. Mehaboob is a B.Com graduate from University of Calicut and a fellow member of Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
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 52 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 ten years with the company, Kabir 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 four successive years, and recognition as Best Company to Work for in Retail Industry – 2014 by Great Place to Work Institute & RAI. Kabir is 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.
There are possibly few retail professionals in India -- especially those in the grocery business -- who have not met or heard of C Gopalakrishnan, a third generation scion of the pioneering family that established the path-breaking Nilgiri's supermarket chain back in 1905. The grandson of Sri. Muthuswamy, founder of Nilgiri's, Gopalakrishnan joined the family business in 1974 as a maintenance engineer (he was a a qualified refrigeration and air conditioning engineer). In 1993, he was appointed Director, Nilgiri Dairy Farms, and in 1994, he started Nilgiris Franchise (P) Ltd., as the company's Managing Director -- a position he held until 2006 when the company was sold to UK-based investment firm Actis. The family decision to divest was much against Gopalakrishnan's wishes. "I was painted as the 'black sheep'," he laughs. "But I was absolutely sure the family was making a mistake in selling a business that my grandfather had dreamt of and built so painstakingly. Sadly, there was only so much I could do to reverse their decision."
B. S. Nagesh has been with Shoppers Stop Ltd since its inception in 1991. Recognized as the pioneer of the retail boom in India, Nagesh was voted by Business India as one of the top 50 managers in India who will influence the Indian business scenario in the 21st century. Mr. Nagesh was also instrumental in acquiring of the Crossword chain of bookstores in the year 2000. Ernst & Young nominated him for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2005 as one of the top 30 finalists. Nagesh is the first Asian to be inducted into the “World Retail Hall of Fame” 2008 along with Millard Drexler of J Crew, Sir Philip Green of BHS and Arcadia and Amancio Ortega of Inditex at the World Retail Congress 2008 conducted in Barcelona. The four iconic retailers have been selected by retail industry leaders and experts from across the Globe in recognition of their supreme industry achievements. Shoppers Stop Ltd also won the ‘Emerging Market Retailer of the Year’ Award at the World Retail Congress 2008. B.S. Nagesh has been involved in setting up and opening the country’s largest hypermarket HyperCity, which was launched in May 2006 and there has been no looking back ever since, with the seventh HyperCity being opened on 29th of March 2010 in Whitefield Bangalore. HyperCity has been declared as one of the top 100 retail destinations in the world by Retail Week, UK and the best hypermarket at the United States International Design Awards in New York. In the year 2009, Nagesh was elevated as the Vice Chairman of Shoppers Stop in a non executive position. Before joining the K .Raheja Corp group in 1991, Nagesh was involved with Carona Ltd. (1988-1991) as its zonal manager retail for South & East controlling the operations of 128 stores in these two regions. Starting his career as a Sales Officer in the Delhi branch of Blow Plast Ltd in 1982, Nagesh left Blow Plast in 1986 when he was the Area Manager for Vijaywada branch to Join Orson Electronics as the Branch Manager for Delhi, Haryana. (1986-1988). As part of his personal philosophy of Learn, Earn & Return, Nagesh stepped down from all operational role in the K. Raheja Corp Group in August 2009 at the age of 50. In the year 2011, he has set up a Public Charitable Trust called TRRAIN (TRUST FOR RETAILERS AND RETAIL ASSOCIATES OF INDIA) and a Section 25 company called TRRAIN FOUNDATION with the following objectives :-
- Develop skills of Abled and Disabled people in Retail.
- Create pride and respect for Retailers and Retail Associates
- Provide Healthcare and Social Security Solutions
Alok is an MBA with over 26 years of wide experience in Sales & Marketing in Lifestyle Brands & Retail. He joined Arvind in 2003 after working for 15 years in Titan and Swatch. At Arvind, he has led the re-launch of Flying Machine brand two years ago very successfully and more recently launched USPA - a highly successful new brand launch. Alok has been with the company for the last 11 years.