Strategic advisor and external board member, Target Indi
With a career spanning over 20 years and multiple geographies, he have enjoyed diverse leadership roles in omnichannel retail, ecommerce, analytics, R&D, operations & quality.He is embarking upon a new journey with the shipping and logistics industry, and have joined Maersk to lead its Global Service Centres and enable its digital transformation.
In his previous role,he led Target India, an extension of Target’s headquarters in India, and its world class team driving capabilities across digital technology, data sciences, merchandising, marketing, store design, and automation. Additionally, as part of Target’s senior leadership team, he has been responsible for driving Target’s digital technology and Pricing and Promotion capabilities. Over the last two years, he had also been intricately involved in enabling Target’s digital and cultural transformation into a top tier omnichannel retailer.
He is passionate about working with the startup ecosystem. Apart from serving on the selection committee for the 10K Startup warehouse, he had the chance to launch the Target Accelerator Program in 2014. The selected startups have the opportunity to scale globally, through high potential work in areas of digital, omnichannel experience, data, and more. So far, 22 external and 5 internal startups have been “accelerated” by this program.
He is also actively engaged with NASSCOM and other advisory bodies to accelerate the maturation of Global In-house Centers (GICs). Specifically, he is passionate about nurturing and mentoring global leaders and developing perspectives around what it takes for individuals and companies to be successful working across geographies and cultures.
Prior to joining Target, Navneet spent about 10 years with GE in New York – USA, Bangkok – Thailand, Tokyo – Japan and Gurgaon – India, in a variety of roles spanning research & development, operations & quality, and marketing. Most recently before Target, he served as Vice President – Marketing for GE’s Commercial Finance business in Asia. Navneet is actively engaged with NASSCOM and other advisory bodies to accelerate the maturation of Global In-House Centers (GICs). He is currently the co-chair of NASSCOM GIC National Council. He is also passionate about strengthening the product ecosystem in India and finding new ways to further the industry’s engagement with startups. A regular at conferences and industry forums, Navneet often shares his learnings on topics ranging from digital disruption and global leadership to innovation and diversity.
He received his Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering) and M.S. (Electrical Engineering) degrees from the University of Minnesota, USA, an MBA from the University of Chicago, USA and a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, India. He has several patents to his name and has published numerous research articles in various refereed journals like IEEE.
Navneet is married and lives in Bangalore with his wife and two sons. When not at work, he enjoys sports, movies, theatre and traveling.