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.
Regional Business Manager, HP
CEO - Retail & Commercial, Mantri DevelopersSikri is a Retail Development & Management professional with over 22 years of experience, with 14 years in Shopping Centre Development & Management, Leasing, Planning and Design, both in India and internationally. His experience spans both in projects as well as operating companies, including conceptualizing & establishing of systems, processes, reporting systems, trackers.
Prior to joining, Mantri Developers, Sikri was working as Executive Director at Virtuous Retail (VR), where he played a critical role in successfully completing and launching retail space. His experience includes working with renowned brands like The Landmark Gulf Group, Dubai and Spice Corp, Noida, NCR.
Member, Strategic Advisory Board, L Capital AsiaBijou has been associated with marquee brands in the consumer products industry for over 30 years. In his stint with Titan Industries, he helped build powerful brands like Titan, Fastrack, Sonata, Tanishq, etc and also create India’s largest exclusive brand retail chains. In his current stint with Reliance Retail, he is at the forefront of one of the most ambitious retail ventures ever. Bijou has been associated with the IRF and World Retail Congress and is also a member of the National Retail committee of FICCI and CII.
B S Nagesh
Founder, 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.
CEO and Co-founde - NaturalsC.K.Kumaravel is the CEO and Co-founder of India's no.1 hair & beauty salon chain - naturals.With 500 salons and counting, naturals is not only the no.1 salon chain in the country but a game changer of the beauty & wellness industry.Ckk firmly believes that the role of a entrepreneur is to create high quality, stable jobs and not just making money.His long term goal is to make naturals as the no.1 salon chain of the world.
Founder & CEO, MyGlamm.com, Managing director, Sanghvi BrandsMr. Darpan Sanghvi is leading Sanghvi Brands, which has created one of South Asia’s largest integrated portfolios of international lifestyle wellness brands. In July 2015, Mr. Sanghvi launched My Glamm in Mumbai and Pune, considering the need in the market for high quality on demand hair & beauty services delivered at a consumer’s doorstep.
Sanghvi Brands has created one of South Asia’s largest portfolios of international lifestyle wellness brands. It holds exclusive rights for brands including Spa L’OCCITANE, Warren Tricomi Salons, ELLE Spa & Salons, Levo Spa & Salon, Holyfield Gyms, My Glamm and Hollywood trainer Ramona Braganza. Sanghvi Brands has more than 60 spa/salons/gyms either operational or under development.
Jt. Managing Director, C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons
Director IT, Levi Strauss & Co.Govind Singh is a business-savvy IT person, helping and supporting the business to grow with the help of his global IT experience in various domains like apparel retail, retail, automobiles and consumer goods. His specialty is working and communicating closely with business teams, using a common language called business and contributing to the growth of business.
Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co., he has worked as IT Head with Metro Cash & Carry India. He was supporting business growth and new store openings by consistent implementation of technology. He has also worked as Assistant Manager IT with Gillette India and Eicher Tractors.
Top five priorities for Govind for 2016-2018 are building a single customer experience across channels, building and enhancing mobile strategy, big data strategy – storage and analysis, building alignment of IT with other functions and reducing costs.
According to Singh, top three challenges retailers will face from a tech POV are accurate data analysis (both from conventional and social media input points) to suggest actionable items, thinning line between brick-and-mortar and e-outlets and adopting advanced technologies at a very fast rate by competition.
CMO, Myntra.comMyntra has appointed Gunjan Sonias chief marketing officer and head of its international brands business. She will be joining the company in early December.
Prior to this, Soni was working with Star India as its Executive Vice President for Strategy and CEO Office for about an year and half wherein she worked on new initiatives in Content, Sports and Digital.
Before that, she was a partner at McKinsey and has worked across multiple consumer sectors and geographies, including India, UK, Singapore and Bhutan. She was also responsible for starting McKinsey's Scientific Marketing practice for India. She has more than twelve years of experience in strategy, operations and marketing with keen focus on advanced big data analytics.
Brand Expert & Founder, Harish Bijoor Consults IncHarish Bijoor is a Brand-thinker and practitioner operating out of Bengaluru, India.He runs a unique boutique-consulting outfit branded “Harish Bijoor Consults Inc.”,a brand name that has a consulting presence across the markets of Hong Kong, Seattle, London, Istanbul, Dubai and the Indian sub-continent.
Harish has spent his career across the aggressive realms of FMCG, Telecom and Consumer Durables. He is considered a marketing practitioner and thinker who is ahead of the consumer thinking curve, year on year. He is a public speaker who speaks to corporate audiences across the globe in the realm of motivation, people-management issues, brands, marketing and business at large. He has spoken to corporate audiences across the world for 12,100 hours to date. He teaches at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad & Mohali, in addition to semesters at overseas Business schools in the US and Europe. He has been teaching at the Indian School of Business for the past 15 years. He has recently published a book titled, “Marketing Trends – Smart Insights into the world of Indian Business”, a serious book written in a style that is distinctly young and & 'MTV-ish'!
He is currently involved in his second book on core branding. The book is titled,”Brand Irrationals: a fundamental journey into brand-think”. He has simultaneously been commissioned to write a book on “Customer Service mechanisms” at play in contemporary marketing contexts.
He is actively involved in research relating to Rural Consumer Behavior, Rural Retail Networks and Trade mechanisms at play. The current research exercise he is involved in spans a 6-year period covering 84,850 consumers across India.
Harish has published papers extensively on the subjects relating to Strategic Marketing, Branding, Consumer Behavior, Retail networks, Rural marketing, Marketing research and Trend-analysis.
Harish Bijoor contributes regularly to Business publications on Branding, sales,distribution and related topics.
Jt President & Deputy Chief Executive - Aditya Birla Online Fashions
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.
Sr VP, Infiniti Malls
Chief Executive Officer - Hector Beverages Private LimitedNeeraj's corporate career started after he completed his MBA from MDI, Gurgaon in 1998. He worked with Union Carbide and later Wipro before joining Coke in 2001. He had an amazing run with Coke- the kind that becomes a part of Corporate Folklore (the jury is still out on whether there is an entity that may be described as Corporate Folklore) with the high point being his time in Bangalore when he seemed to have settled the much-touted Cola battle conclusively. In 2008, he headed to Wharton to do a second MBA and is now in the thick of the action as CEO of Hector Beverages Private Limited, India. James, one of the many (okay, two) Wharton alumni with Hector. After hisChemical Engineering from Brigham University, he worked with Dow Chemicals for six years and is what many call a packaging geek- so for him the form is the substance, the medium is the content. His packaging expertise ensures that when you buy our products, most of your money is not going to the packaging, as it does in the case of all other beverage companies. He is responsible for having created a number of food and beverage packaging concepts across the United States and Europe and heads the product development function for us. Suhas did his MBA from IIM Calcutta (Class of 2003) and joined Coke from campus. He had the kind of start that, again, Corporate Folklore (the jury's taking a lot of time and we are going ahead anyway) would describe as sensational- with astronomical growth rates being registered in rural Rajasthan. In 2005 he moved to Nokia, before, in 2006, starting ChannelPlay- India's first integrated Sales Process Outsourcing company (www.channelplay.in) and now is the COO of Hector Beverages Private Limited All good pictures must have at least one invisible person - this excellent picture is no exception. The presence, in this case, being Neeraj Biyani. He did his MBA from MDI, and his undergrad from SRCC
Max Hypermarkets (SPAR India) , Chief Operating OfficerPonnu is currently COO - Foods & SCM for SPAR India, heading Food business and Supply Chain function for SPAR India Landmark group of Dubai owns and runs SPAR hypermarket chain in India. Ponnu was start-up team member for this hypermarket project in way back 2005.
Prior to this, Ponnu was heading buying & merchandising function for Foodworld Supermarkets (JV between Dairyfarm International, Hongkong and RPG group India).
In the initial years of his career prior entering in to retail, Ponnu was in large scale agricultural commodities trading including coffee, edible oil & oilseeds and fruits and vegetables.
CIO - Arvind BrandsA collaborative executive leader with a global experience in retail, analytics, e-commerce and supply chain management, Piyush Kumar Chowhan is currently the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Arvind Brands, Bangalore. With an experience spanning around 18 years, he has a reputation of leading through ambiguity and maximizing business value using cutting edge technologies and innovation.
Having worked in large data problems with analytical tools to deliver high impact business transformation initiatives, he holds a 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 from the likes of Wipro, Tesco, Sandisk, Tata Infotech and Walmart.
CEOIndus League, a division of Future Lifestyle Fashions LimitedRachna Aggarwal, an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad, started her career with Coats Viyella Plc. She worked on Van Heusen and went on to launch Allen Solly in 1993, when she introduced the concept of `Friday Dressing’ to the country, an achievement she regarded as one of her smartest business ideas. Until, as CEO of Indus League, she effected the stunning success story of women’s jeanswear brand Jealous 21.
Co-Founder & CEO, YLG SalonRahul, CEO and Co-Founder YLG, founded India's fastest growing salon and spa in May 2008. He brings 17 years of experience in diverse industries such as Retail, dot.com and Manufacturing. He has proven expertise in turning around retail business (He spearheaded Health & Glow's growth into India's No.1 Health & beauty Chain) and brings high level domain expertise in the Health, Beauty & Wellness sector. He has exposure to best practices from International Retailers.
Prior to founding YLG, Rahul was Head - Wellness business for the Future Group. He built the Health & Beauty Category, set up the beauty salon chain "Star & Sitara" for the company. He was instrumental in setting up India's first Gym Chain in Malls in a JV with Talwalkars for the Future group. He has played a key role in bringing about the Sachin Tendulkar - Future Group initiative "Sach". Before Pantaloon, Rahul headed the retail business for Arvind brands where he managed brands such as Arrow, Lee, Wrangler and Excalibur. His entry in retail began as the Business Head of Health & Glow, which even today continues to be the most successful format of its kind in India. Rahul has also dabbled with dot.com as Business Head for e-RPG Cricket Portal. Rahul started his career with the RPG Group, working at RPG Cables and Ceat Ltd, in various marketing & sales responsibilities.
He is a Post Graduate from IIM Calcutta and has a B.Tech (hons) from IIT Kharagpur.
Executive Director, InorbitRajneesh 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.
Rashi Gulati Menda
Founder & CEO - Zapyle
MD, Max HypermarketsRajeev has over 29 years of global experience with strong retail and consumer background at Target, Wal-Mart & Mckinsey & Company. Prior to this, Rajeev was senior advisor for Mckinsey' s retail and consumer practices and earlier executive vice president and business head of retail operations for India at Bharti Retail, part of the Bharti Wal-Mart joint venture in India. Before Bharti Retail, Rajeev was the group Vice President at Target Corporation in the US and spent 18 years with them.
As Managing Director, Rajeev has the mandate to guide and direct the strategy and execution of the Hypermarket & Supermarket business of the SPAR Brand in India, and shall report to the Board of Max Hypermarket which has franchisee of SPAR India.
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.
CEO & Founder, Iconiction
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.
Senior Research Analyst, Euromonitor InternationalShabori Das is a senior research analyst with Euromonitor International. She is responsible for research of services and payment industries which includes retail, travel, finance and foodservice for India and Pakistan. She started her stint at Euromonitor in 2011 as part of the Syndicated Research Team. She is involved in developing quantitative, qualitative market information and authors’ several national reports, to deliver fresh insights throughout the year. Her research work explains data trends and provide clear insights into the local market’s dynamics. With continued conversations with local industry contacts, she captures how the products and services are advertised, sold and consumed. She is a key contributor to Euromonitor’s Retail Asia Top 500 Report which studies Retailing in Asia Pacific. Furthermore, cross-industry trend analysis keeps her intrigued with the variety of industries she studies. Active within the industry, she is a regular contributor to ETRetail.com and has been quoted in all leading business publications on retailing trends. She has also spoken at Future of Tourism Conference, organised by Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, held in Sri Lanka.
Head - trendin.comShivanandan Pare heads www.trendin.com the online fashion destination for all Madura Fashion and Lifestyle brands and Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd company.
Prior to this he was the COO of BIGADDA.com where he transformed the company into an e-commerce destination. As part of the president's (strategy and new initiatives) team at Reliance entertainment he actively drove the group's foray into media and entertainment industry. He strategized and executed the groups bidding for radio licenses, entry into broadcasting, online gaming, movie rental, social networking and cinema business. He also lead managed the acquisition of the animation business for Reliance Entertainment.
Business Director- Bridge to Luxury Brands (Gant & Nautica)Sumit’s tryst with the retail and merchandising industry has spanned across a decade of deep expertise and experience. Starting his career with Madura garments, over the last 11 years he has taken up major assignments in the areas of business strategy, competitive analysis, brand management and marketing, inventory management and key account management. He holds a PGDM in Marketing and Finance from IIM, Lucknow. Currently as a Business Director- Bridge to Luxury Brands (Gant & Nautica), he drives business operations, planning and brand management.
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.
Retail, Industry LeadTrilokesh is a Retail expert with 17+ years of experience in the area of Program Management, Domin consulting, Business development and Practice leadership. He has led delivery of large IT transformation programs, played solution architect roles, led application support engagements, helped defined IT roadmaps and set up captive IT organization processes. He has worked extensively in the domain of Retail, High Tech and Automotive manufacturing. Trilokesh holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering from Motilal Nehru Institute of Technology and a PGDM MDI, Gurgaon.
Few of the hot initiatives, being persued in Retail Industry under Trilokesh leadership and guidance including Digital Store, Retail of the Future Industry destination and Intelligent Application Maintenance.
VP & GM – InMobi IndiaVasuta Agarwal is responsible for the strategic roadmap and revenue for InMobi's India business including developer, brand and commerce partnerships. Previously as the VP for Business Development, she managed the revenue growth of all key publisher/supply side relationships across North America, LATAM, Europe and Asia Pacific. Vasuta is a graduate from BITs and has an MBA from IIM Bangalore. She worked with McKinsey before joining InMobi.
CEO- Retail & Commercial, Brigade EnterprisesVishal Mirchandani has over 22 years of industry experience in retail, fashion & lifestyle and malls. Vishal has successfully served senior management positions at Shoppers Stop, Provogue & Prozone - as President of their joint venture with Capital Shopping Centres of UK, Madura Garments (Aditya Birla Group) as Business Head and now serves as CEO – Retail at the Brigade Group. Vishal is a B.Com graduate from MMK College, Mumbai and has an MMM from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies.
CE, Select City Walk*An 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.