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Company of the Year – Retail

Mr. B. S. Nagesh

Customer Care Associate, Chairman and Non-Executive Director

B. S. Nagesh is the Founder of a Public Charitable Trust TRRAIN (Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India) and for profit social enterprise, TRRAIN Circle.

He has been involved with Shoppers Stop and its group companies since its inception in 1991 as the first employee. As part of his personal philosophy of ‘Learn, Earn & Return’, he stepped out of the day-to- day roles of the business as Managing Director of the Company in 2009 and founded TRRAIN. He is the first Asian retailer to be inducted in the World Retail Hall of Fame in 2008. Recently, he was awarded with the prestigious NCPEDP – Hellen Keller Award for creating livelihood opportunities for Persons with Disabilities and was recognised as the Change Maker at the Sabera Awards. He is an Ashoka Fellow.

Company of the Year – Retail

Mr. Ravi C. Raheja

Non-Executive Director

An alumnus of the London Business School, Ravi has over 26 years of comprehensive experience across real estate, retail and hospitality.

He has spearheaded business development for the real estate arm of the Group and played a significant role in guiding the teams of corporate strategy, finance and planning for the Group’s retail and hospitality divisions. At the helm of the most significant growth strategies, Ravi is actively involved in charting the future growth of K Raheja Corp and each of its businesses and has been a catalyst in the Company’s evolution from a family-owned business to a well-diversified conglomerate.

Ravi is an active contributor to the industry through premier forums such as Young President’s Organisation (YPO) where he plays an active role as a Member Engagement Officer, and, Indian Green Building Council, where he served as the Chairman (Mumbai chapter) and as an evangelist for the green cause, spearheaded the signing of the memorandum of understanding with CII-Green Building Council to construct green buildings in 2007.

He plays a key role in the Group’s philanthropic initiatives through the K. Raheja Foundation, Sadhana Education Society and S. L. Raheja Hospital. He is the recipient of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2020 for the Energy, Real Estate and Infrastructure category, along with his brother Mr. Neel Raheja.

Company of the Year – Retail

Mr. Neel C.Raheja

Non-Executive Director

With a strong background in finance, a degree in law from the Mumbai University and an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (OPM Program), Neel has extended the Company beyond the realms of real estate.

He has worked his way to the top, scaling the Company to new heights. With an ear to the ground and ability to pre-empt trends, he has been at the forefront of driving change and innovation within the Group. He also ushered in the malls and department stores format in India, Inorbit Mall, Shoppers Stop and Crossword bookstores are the culmination of his endeavour to bring organised retail into the country.

A respected name in the industry, Neel chairs some of the most important committees that shape key industry developments. He is the co-chair at CII-National Committee on Real Estate and Housing, the Chairman, India Chapter of APREA, and was President, NAREDCO West. He is also Vice Chairman of CORENET, and Advisory Committee member of MCHI-CREDAI. Neel has been appointed on the Govt of India committee to suggest changes in the Special Economic Zone policy and was one of the members of the Champions of Change invited by the Prime Minister of India.

He plays an active role in the Group’s philanthropic initiatives through the K. Raheja Foundation, Sadhana Education Society and S. L. Raheja Hospital. He also drives the Group’s growth through Green Building initiatives in sustainable development. He was recently awarded the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Energy, Real Estate and Infrastructure category, along with his brother Mr. Ravi Raheja.

Company of the Year – Retail

Mr. Deepak Ghaisas

Independent and Non-Executive Director

Deepak, a qualified Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Company Secretary and alumina of the London Business School, leads strategy development, visioning and conceptualisation of breakthrough business models for Gencoval Group, in the field of healthcare and biotechnology.

Prior to Gencoval, he had served as the Vice-Chairman of Oracle Financial Services Software Limited (formerly known as i-Flex Solutions Limited, India). It was his strategic, financial and operational acumen that drove the company to become a true Indian multinational. He is the first Indian Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to be felicitated with the prestigious CFO Asia award. Deepak is also a Partner in ‘Exfinity’, a PE Fund and serves on the Board of Governors of IIT Kanpur and Chairperson of IIITDM, Jabalpur.

Company of the Year – Retail

Mr. Nirvik Singh

Independent and Non-Executive Director

Nirvik brings to the Board his keen sense of marketing communications and over 30 years of experience in the industry.

He is the Global COO & President International of Grey Group, a leading global marketing communications network- overseeing, Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. He oversees a network of over 3,500 professionals across 28 countries in over 35 cities. He has been credited with Grey’s growth in the region. His highly regarded business acumen has led to numerous acquisitions by the Grey network in various countries, such as China, India and Korea, among others. He has also expanded Grey’s presence to Vietnam, Nigeria and Ghana.

 

Company of the Year – Retail

Ms. Ameera Shah

Independent and Non-Executive Director

Ameera is the Promoter & Managing Director of Metropolis Healthcare Ltd., a leading chain of pathology labs with a large network in India and Africa.

A finance graduate from the University of Texas, she is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, (OPM Program). For the last 20 years, she has built Metropolis into a leading and reputed chain of laboratories with a wide network of over 2900 laboratories and patient service centers. Under her leadership, Metropolis had a successful listing at the Stock Exchanges in April 2019. She has played an instrumental role in changing the pathology industry landscape in the country, from being a doctor-led practice to a professionally led industry in an extremely unregulated, competitive, and fragmented market. Ms. Shah has been named amongst the Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune India (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) and by Business Today (2018, 2019). Recently, Ms. Shah also won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by E&Y in the Healthcare & Science category for leading the company from the frontlines during the pandemic. She launched Empoweress in October 2017, which is a peer-to-peer mentoring and networking ecosystem for women entrepreneurs.

Company of the Year – Retail

Mr. Manish Chokhani

Independent and Non-Executive Director

A Chartered Accountant and an MBA from the London Business School, Manish is one of India’s most respected financial experts and investors.

He was the CEO of Enam Securities, India’s leading investment bank. He led its $400 million merger in 2011 with Axis Bank to create Axis Capital Ltd., which he led as MD & CEO until the end of 2013. Under his leadership, Enam/Axis mobilised 25% of all equity funds raised in India and was the house banker to several leading Indian business groups. From 2014 to 2016, he served as the Chairman of TPG Growth in India and then as senior advisor to TPG Group until 2019.

Company of the Year – Retail

Mr. Robert Bready

Independent and Non-Executive Director

Robert is a freelance retail expert with over 28 years of experience in fashion retail, both online and offline.

He built his career across different functions in buying and merchandising while moving his way from mid-size family-owned River Island to blue-chip multinational brand Arcadia Group. He joined the start-up team at Asos.com as Executive Director- Product & Trading, overseeing significant growth across all areas of the business. He joined the board of Asos Plc and led all product and trading strategy and delivery within the company across all 140 countries. He helped launch a new initiative, KOOVs Plc, targeting the growing fashion conscious, urban Indian youth market.

Company of the Year – Retail

Mr. William Kim

Independent and Non-Executive Director

William is an experienced executive with an obsession for Design Thinking and using creativity to solve today’s business issues.

Skilled in transforming company models utilising Luxury/ Contemporary/Hard Luxury/ Retail / Digital Sector experiences to build a future-proof, global, digital model. He is the EVP – Global Retail and Digital Commerce with Samsung, since February 2019. He was previously the CEO of AllSaints, a fashion retailer headquartered in London, UK. Also in past, William has past experience with Burberry Group PLC, where had played varied roles from Vice President to Representative Director (Korea, Taiwan, South East Asia, Asia Travel Retail & DFC), SVP – Digital Commerce and SVP Retail. He was also associated with Gucci Group from 1998 to 2005 as its Chief Financial Officer and previous worked at Coopers & Lybrand in US and Asia.

Company of the Year – Retail

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.