Lavanya is the fifth-generation scion–and the first woman executive–of the $100 million (annual revenue) group. Nalli is all about 89 years of heritage wrapped in 6 yards. An icon of South India, Nalli has become synonymous with silk and kanchipuram sarees. Nalli was established in the year 1928 and has been a leader in the textile and retail business for over 80 years. Nalli’s success story has a fairy tale ring to it.
Lavanya Nalli is on a quest to make her family’s traditional fine-silks business the No. 1 sari destination in the world. “If you think sari, you should think Nalli,” says the 32-year-old vice chairman of Nalli Group of Cos, which sells 1.5 million saris a year. “It should be the most trusted sari advisor.”
Lavanya is a Harvard and McKinsey Alum. Startup Enthusiast. Hands-on leader with 10 years of experience across retail, ecommerce, strategy and operations. Lavanya started her career with the Nalli Group – a $100M national retail chain – focusing on new business development and growth opportunities, retail store operations, and private-label. Launched a sub-brand that penetrated untapped markets, and incubated a venture that empowered artisanal communities by bringing design-led products to market. During my tenure, Nalli doubled its revenues, and expanded from 14 to 21 stores.
Lavanya graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA in 2011, and worked at McKinsey & Company (Chicago) advising CXOs of Fortune 500 companies on issues ranging from top-line growth and profit improvement initiatives, change management programs and multi-channel strategy. Moved to India in 2013 into the ecommerce world as VP, Revenue & Shopping Experience at Myntra (Flipkart Group).
Original, results-oriented and enterprising, I’m a creative problem-solver with a decade-long career in all-things consumer. Profiled in the media as a recognized expert on retail and apparel in India, I’ve been a published author and speaker at industry forums and events. My vast network of colleagues in the industry continues to be a tremendous source of inspiration.