Mr. Venugopal G. Nair
Customer Care Associate, MD and CEO

Mr. Venu Nair, 53, is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of our Company. He is an International Retail Leader with 27 years of rich and varied experience in the Retail & Apparel Industry across South Asia & Europe.

 

Venu was the CEO – Westside at Trent Limited, from January to October 2020. Prior to that Venu was the Chief Commercial Officer – Trent Ltd, from April 2017 to December 2019, where he was responsible for all its commercial operations, including merchandising, store operations, E-com, projects, marketing, visual merchandising, IT, business excellence and Landmark stores. He was Managing Director – Marks & Spencer Reliance Pvt. Ltd, from 2012 to 2017, where he played a pivotal role in its growth. During his tenure, the turnover of the business tripled and the number of stores under operations, more than doubled, with a significant growth in local sourcing. He was Director, MSI & Head of Region (South Asia) from, 2004 to 2012 – Marks & Spencer Plc, wherein he had the dual responsibility as Head of Region (South Asia), and Director of M&S, India for Marks & Spencer Reliance Pvt Ltd, which operates the M&S stores in India. Prior to that Venu was based in London, working for M&S, UK. He has also worked in Madura Garments and Arvind Mills.

 

Venu is a Bachelor of Technology (Hon) from NIT, Calicut and a MBA in Marketing from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai.

 

 

 

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Vinay Nadkarni
Managing Director & CEO, Globus Stores Pvt. ltd.

Over 16 years in retail out of the 26 years of overall industry experience. Managing Director and CEO of Globus, Founder Director of the Retailers Association of India (RAI) and The Retailers Association’s Skill council of India (RASCI). Has overseen the setting up and successfully expanding 36 store chain of specialty retail stores GLOBUS. Has a strong finance background, and has handled various roles in finance before taking over as CEO of Globus in 2004.

A Chartered Accountant by training and profession and also holds the Company Secretary and Cost Accountancy qualifications

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Shashwat Goenka
Sector Head – Spencer’s Retail Ltd.

Ravi Mediratta, FCS LLB FCA , having 20 years of experience in the areas of Finance, Corporate laws, Legal and Regulatory matters, Direct and Indirect Taxation etc. working as Legal and Taxation Head and Company Secretary, Marks and Spencer Reliance India Pvt ltd for last 8 years since the set up of Marks and Spencer Reliance Retail Joint Venture in India.

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Sadashiv Nayak
CEO, Future Value Retail

A BE- Electronics graduate from the Regional Engineering College of Karnataka, Surathkal , he subsequently completed his post graduation in Marketing from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

He began with a Sales and Marketing stint in Asian Paints. Subsequently moved on to be part of the brand management team. Joined Hindustan Lever Ltd.in 1996, starting with the project of setting the woodworking adhesives business for their Chemicals Division. Moved on to the Personal Products Marketing team as the Brand Manager for the Hair Oils category.He then took over as the Regional Sales Manager for the Beverages business for the Eastern Region.

Joined Pantaloon Retail (India) Limited in 2004 as Head of Operations for the Western Zone. The responsibility was to drive turnover of stores across all existing formats of Big Bazar, Food Bazaar, Pantaloons, Central, Fashion Station etc. and coordinating the expansion within the Western Zone. Currently as CEO – Future Retail Limited , his responsibility is to drive growth across the Big Bazaar & Food Bazaar retail formats of Future Group.

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Ramesh Menon
Former CEO, HyperCity

Ramesh Menon was the Former Chief Executive Officer at HyperCITY where he was responsible for leading the company’s growth strategy, path to profitability, store operations and more.

With cross cultural experience over 25 years, Ramesh Menon is a senior management professional with knowledge in multinationals and family owned professionally run organizations across India, Middle East and Africa. His expertise lie in handling operations in the FMCG, Retail, Manufacturing and Telecom sectors. He brings with him extensive background and experience in complex and challenging environments, Start-ups and Turnaround situations involving management restructuring and team building. He has proven his ability to drive business through conceptualizing and evolving strategy, augmenting & streamlining channel and distribution networks and in managing large revenues, with stiff market share and business growth objectives in highly competitive environments.

In his previous stint he was the National Head Wireless (GSM) Operations at Reliance Communications. At Reliance he handled the national Circle operations for the country with a revenue of approximately Rs7500 Crores ($1.2 Billion) and a customer base of over a 110 million. Prior to this, he serviced as the Hub CEO at Bharti Airtel Ltd. He has also worked with Spencer’s Retail Ltd., PepsiCo, Colgate Palmolive and ITC Limited. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management with specialised expertise in Marketing from Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur.

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Lalit Agarwal
CMD V-Mart Retail Ltd.

Lalit Agarwal, is the Chairman and Managing Director of V-Mart Retail ltd., Mr Agarwal, is a retail baron, who has a rich experience in diverse field of industry, and a proven track record of building businesses, both as a professional CEO and as an entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience in setting up a printing, packaging and retail industry. He is considered a pioneer of modern retail in India. He is the one who has brought the concept of organized value retailing in tier II and III cities. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Bombay University, and a Diploma in Financial Management from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. His leadership has led the company transform into leading players in retail sector.

With a vision to establish the concept of organized value retailing in certain untapped regions of India, he started its own venture under the Brand Name of “V-Mart“ and launched first life style store at Ahmedabad in 2003. This store was recognized as the First Organized Life Style Retail Store in Western India for the middle and lower segment.

Today V-mart operates 122 stores in 105 cities across 14 states and union territories, with the retail area of 1000000 sq ft.

Under his guidance there is a team of 16000 people who are directly or indirectly working with the organization

Mr Lalit Agarwal, is one of the privileged member of RAI from Northers Region. Under his leadership V-Mart has won many prestigious awards, the group has been chosen as an Indian Power Brand- 2012-2013 by Planman Media, the brand has been given “Most Admired Retailer of the Year”:- “Discount Retail” by Images Retail Award 2011. The brand also has won the “Most Admired Retailer of the Year”:- “Concept Store” by India Retail Forum 2011.

And the success story continues….

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Philip Auld
Managing Director, Trent Ltd.

Philip N. Auld is currently the Managing Director at Trent Ltd. Philip joined Trent in 2011 as the Chief Executive Officer and He was appointed as the Managing Director of the business in November 2014. Prior to Trent Ltd Philip spent five years with Vendex KBB, Netherlands (now called Maxeda BV). With Vendex, Philip was the CEO for the M&S Mode business, followed by the CEO for the Claudia Strater business. He has also spent four years as the Managing Director of George Clothing at Asda Plc, part of the Walmart group. Philip’s other experiences include working with B&Q as Director of Operations. He started his career with Marks & Spencer where he worked for 17 years.

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Vasanth Kumar
Managing Director at Lifestyle International (India)

Vasanth Kumar is the Managing Director at Lifestyle International-India. Prior to this position he was heading Max, a division of Dubai based retail giant Landmark Group., has pioneered the concept of Value Fashion Retailing in the country. Launched in 2004, Max is today the Largest Value fashion brand across 18 countries with over 250 stores and combined Turn Over of USD 1.3 Billion. As head of Max’s Indian operations, Vasanth spearheaded the brand’s aggressive growth plans in India and Max is already the largest brand in the segment with over 110 stores across 45 cities in India with T.O of INR 1400 Cr in 2014-15.

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 a Consumer Goods company where he handled various marketing campaigns and product launches.

He has also spent a decade with an Apparel Major handling their Premium brand portfolio as Vice President. He has successfully launched one of the largest selling Apparel Brands in the Value segment during his stint with the company. In Feb 2005, he joined the Landmark Gulf Group as President, Max Retail Division, Lifestyle International – headquartered in Bangalore and moved up to become the Executive Director of the brand. Vasanth has an M. Tech from IIT, Madras and a PGDBM (MBA – Marketing & Finance) from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

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Jamshed Daboo
CEO, Trent Hypermarket

Jamshed S. Daboo is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Trent Hypermarket Ltd (THL). Prior to joining THL, Mr. Daboo 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 S. Daboo joined the Tata Administrative Service in 1986 and has been with the Tata Group for over 25 years. Married with 2 children he enjoys tennis and reading.

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