B S Nagesh
COO, SavemaxAman Mittal, a proficient MBA graduate from Symbiosis with over 14 years of experience is a great combination of intellect & delivery. A dynamic professional, his expertise lies in Retail Strategy &Operations, People Management and Marketing. With extensive experience in start-ups and turnarounds, he has always lead from the front playing the role of a strategist, a business transformation expert and above all a visionary.
Starting off his career with Videocon Group of Industries, he played a pivotal role in the genesis and growth of NEXT Retail India Ltd. (retail venture of the Videocon group). Thereafter, he joined Siyaram Silk Mills Ltd as a business head for company-owned-company-operated stores, where he was responsible for the conceptualization and launch of “Siyaram’s F2F”. He also played a major role in the launch of men’s readymade garment brand “MSD”(Monday to Sunday Dressing).
He then joined REI Agro group as General Manager-Retail for their supermarket retail venture. His zeal helped his region turnaround from virtual shut down to being profitable with in a span of 18 months. He ventured into the Pharmaceutical industry with VIVA- a pharmacy chain of the Surya Groupwhere he was responsible for over 100 stores.
Savemax was but a startup when Aman took over his role as COO. With the help of his experience in retail across industries (viz. Electronics, Fashion, Pharmaceuticals, FMCG& Daily Needs) and formats which include Hypermarkets, Supermarkets&SpecialtyRetail,Savemax has grown exponentially. In less than a year, the business plan and strategy was developed and professional team was put in place. In less than two years, company had its presence felt in 4 states serving over a million consumers. Under Aman’s leadership, this retail chain stands strong on the growth path with a vision of serving over a million loyal customers by FY2017-18.
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.
Country Manager, Forever NewBishwanath is an influential leader with a Pan-India experience and a sustained record of success in the retail marketplace. With more than 15yrs at Madura in various capacities, He carries an extensive background in managing cultural change across all levels. He has demonstrated passionate leadership with a proven track record of building high performance teams in retail across operations and excellence. He currently heads the Forever New Leadership team in India .
Owner, Defence Bakery
Gauravjit S. Kochhar
Director, GigglesGiggles is a well established and renowned name in the gifting field, established by Mr. Harjit S. Kochhar in 1975, as a gift retailing outlet. We currently have two company owned outlets one each in Delhi & Kolkata.
Mr. Gauravjit S. Kochhar joined the business in the early 90’s. Since then he has worked his way up from the field. His experience over the years has given him an in depth understanding of gift designing, sourcing, procurement, Product mix, finance & sales. Having knowledge of various production methods & how printing is done on various mediums he knows how to take a product from the design stage to production.
Giggles has pioneered in many fields in the gifting space. For instance we were the first do customized transfer T-shirts in the country. Along with retail, we are leading name in corporate gifts. Giggles is also renowned for its gift Wrapping.
The success mantra has been customer delight over the years leading to a high recall value of our brand amongst our customers.
Founder and CMD, Aaryahaan International (P) LimitedJagmohan Batra is the founder and CMD of “Aaryahaan International (P) Limited” a leading business analyst company, and we deliver answers tailored to your business needs by integrating a comprehensive set of technologies and tools, including state-of-the-art Wi-Fi and Beacon technology using state of art solution from Minodes GmbH, Germany, the leading Retail Analytics company in Europe. In short we are the "Google Analytics" for Brick and Mortar retail stores and Malls.
Jagmohan Batra is also one of the Founders and the Core Management member in Just Serve Me. His eye for detailing and prolonged deliberations along with visionary approach brings new dimensions to the work. Respect self and respect others being his motto gels well with Just Serve Me Core values.
He is a 2nd generation business man who brings on board 25+ years of experience as an entrepreneur and a professional. He brings with him a long and varied experience of Industry and Trade, besides Finance, Administration, Business Development, Project Management, Production Management, Marketing, Trading and Mining Operations. Jagmohan Batra is specialised in Acquisition and Mergers; in mines, oil blocks, energy etc. Other than winning an Oil Block in NELP IX, has successfully acquired and developed mines for various clients.
He has a special vision of sensing business opportunities, framing strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, JV Formations, bidding and subsequently framing strategies to tap them.
Founder & CEO, Mad(e) In IndiaPankaj Acharya, 45, belongs to the latter category. Having founded four companies in partnership with others, Acharya finally decided to go solo with his latest business venture, Mad(e) In India, a lifestyle products and accessories company, that draws its inspiration from all things Indian. MAD IN INDIA is a brand about India. A brand celebrating the quirks, the colours, the spirit, the ancient, the nouveau, the mystical identity of India and its people. We, at Mad in India, offer lifestyle products that truly capture the essence of India and its sub culture. and have their own story to tell. which we believe will resonate with people identifying with us.
People who love India, who take great pride in either being an Indian or are intrigued with this amazing, wonderful and truly Incredible India. The product offering will include lifestyle desirable products which depicts India in its vivid form with total focus on joy, storytelling, experience and the pride of ownership.
Pearl Uppal Kachru
CEO, Talking ThreadsTalking Threads label was born in August 2013 as a result of coming together of Kulbir Uppal and Pearl Uppal Kachru ( a mother daughter duo) with their unique design perspectives and experiences. An Army General’s wife, Kulbir ran her clothing boutique for 25 years in different parts of India ,thereby garnering a rich experience of our heritage thread arts and bespoke garment contruction. Pearl, in her 16 year career span, has run leadership roles in companies like Yahoo!, pioneering fashion e-retail in India while building fashionandyou.com, and, has invested and mentored startups in the Internet space. Talking Threads for Pearl, is a coming together of her deep interest in the intersection of fashion and tech, and her desire to create timeless quality clothing that she would like to wear but cannot easily find in today’s trend and celebrity driven fashion offerings.
100% Indian, and proudly so, Talking Threads has served over 9000 delighted clients across 42 countries in a short span of 2 years. The design, patterning, sewing, final hand finishing of garments and shipping happens out of our studio and warehouse in Gurgaon, India.
CEO and Principal Owner, Red Mango IndiaCEO and Principal Owner Rahul Kumar, Maez One Group holds the master franchise of Red Mango for the Republic of India. The young entrepreneur brings the world’s #1, authentic, non fat and award winning frozen yogurt chain to India with its first flagship store in New Delhi. With its strong brand presence across the globe specially in USA, he envisions India’s first authentic health food QSR and he will direct the company’s expansion plans based on this vision.
His other business ventures include a fashion apparel house in New York that successfully designs and manufactures for global brands like Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren & Aeropostale
A perfectionist who believes in having everything right & abides by the principle of doing it right.A lover of Golf who loves to ride his DUCATI swears by his ideology of ‘Living Life in the Fast Lane’, Rahul Kumar believes in perfection and dislikes those with excuses and no solutions.
Co-founder, Happily UnmarriedAfter getting his post graduate degree from MICA, Ahmedabad, Rajat Tuli worked in advertising at Mudra for two years before plunging into entrepreneurship. He co-founded Happily Unmarried with his batch mate Rahul Anand in 2003. Although the initial hitches, Happily Unmarried is now on its way to become one of India’s iconic youth brands. Rajat’s interests include writing comedy, long distance running and product design. He won the young creative entrepreneur award instituted by the British Council in 2009.
Owner, Pall mallMr Rajendra Mohan comes from a family who have been into textile retailing from past 130 yrsAfter graduating from Sri Ram College of Commerce(SRCC),he established pall mall in 1988Those were the times when ready to wear was fastest growing and pall mall got instant recognition,pall mall was first to bring in burberry’s,lyle and scotts & paul&sharks&Nano DaneilliPall Mall have been importing lot of Italian Brands of Suits,jackets,knitwear & accessories.Infact pall mall brought the menswear accessories in the limelight.And probably carries the biggest range of accessories this side of the country,all along the focus of pall mall has been on cultivating relationship with customers
Today with the presence of pall mall in Noida,gurgoan along with south ex delhi we are successfully curating the menswear fashion for the customers
Managing Director, SSIPL Retail Limited.Mr. Rishab Soni, 42 years old, is the Managing Director of SSIPL Retail Limited.He is responsible for managing the Company’s affairs, guiding its top management and taking strategic decisions. He is an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi & also holds a Diploma in footwear designing from Ars Sutoria Institute of Design and Development, Milan, Italy. He has trained with the sourcing office of Nike in the shoe manufacturing division in Indonesia. Over the last 20 years Mr. Soni has developed working relationships with some of the leading sportswear and lifestyle brands in the world such as Nike, Levi’s, Lotto and Puma. He has been responsible for integrating various functions of the company and has led the company through its growth. Mr. Soni has been instrumental in proliferating organized retail in India. Today, the SSIPL group, under his leadership, operates 430+ stores across 90+ cities in India, having created one of the widest networks for any retail company in the country.
Promoter, T.G.I. Friday’s - IndiaThe 30-year-old promoter of TGIF in India, Rohan Jetley is a Harvard Business School graduate in Entrepreneurship. With a vision to set up 10 more stores in three years, Rohan is planning on a relatively aggressive strategy to increase the foothold of this American Restaurant chain in India. Prior to joining T.G.I Friday’s, he has worked with Merrill Lynch, London Chamber of Commerce and Armani Exchange.
Country Head Travel Gear and Retail, Victorinox India Pvt LtdHeading the Travel Retail Business in India,responsible for setting up of Basecamp stores PAN India.
Responsible for overall strategy of Victorinox, Wenger Travel Gear & Go Travel accessories business,responsible for Strategy,Sales ,Marketing,Channel management,Product planning & Inventory management, Product pricing,customer service,Team building etc.
Formulating the Marketing strategy for Travel Gear business in India basis the marketing budgets, using 360 degree Marketing approach including ATL/BTL activities, P.R, Outdoor planning, visual merchandising, Social Media Marketing, Digital marketing, Corporate Events, Brand Alliance and Product Integration, Fit outs and Visual Merchandising and window display at retail outlets.
Responsible for placement of Victorinox Swiss Army Knives and Kitchen Knives in Modern trade and Large format stores.
Director & Country Head (Dynamics), Microsoft India
Managing Partner, SIRIUS D&EShabnam Singhal is a Managing Partner of SIRIUS D&E which is a high end International Property Consultant. Sirius is a part of a multi diversified group of companies involved in various fields such as Biotechnology, Software Developments, and Real Estate. The group's expertise lies in delivering exclusively mandated luxury malls and retail destinations. Shabnam has been awarded the Young Women Entrepreneurs Awards by 4th IWEC (International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge), FICCI Ladies Organization (FICCI-FLO) and Confederation of Asia Pacific Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
COO, Lite Bite FoodsMr. Sachdeva heads the operations of Lite Bite Foods Pvt. Ltd. A seasoned travel retail expert with over 15 years of experience, he is instrumental in creating a retail experience. Mr. Sachdeva has contributed hugely to the success of brands like Punjab Grill- Gourmet Fine Dining, Zambar- Coastal Kitchen, Fresc Co and others and is responsible for various international alliances and expansions.
Lite Bite Foods, a high growth start up venture specifically focused on Food & Beverage services retailing space wiith formats ranging from quick service restaurants (QSR), Casual Dining (CDR), express outlets, to entire food-courtslocated in key high traffic locations such as Malls, Office complexes, Highways, Metros, Airports, Hospitals etc.
Director, Hats Off Accessories Pvt. LtdYoung entrepreneur, with a vision to build a global footwear brand. Go getter and hard working professional. A graduate from Pearl Academy Delhi, and London College of Fashion in Fashion Retail Management and Marketing.
Owner, Lotusse Lifestyles-VARIJAFrom the house of Lotusse Lifestyles,Varija Bajaj is an artist living out her own experience through her label VARIJA – which means Lotus in Sanskrit. Her inspiration is Indian yet her clientele is global.Her Bridal line is colourful,textured and finely detailed with a strong boho feel.
Varija’s design thought process is explained succinctly in her own words: “My collection is all about vibrant colours, young silhouettes and unconventional concepts dressing people in style with an element of fun. They are a collection for real customers and not just the ramp.”
VARIJA Is a member of FDCI(Fashion Design Council of India) since 2009 and has been part of Wills India Fashion Week for several seasons.VARIJA also has a lot of joint shows with various lifestyle and fashion brands besides doing her own shows with different themes to her credit. Apart from retailing through 40 multi-brand stores pan-India….VARIJA retails through her falgship store in Defence Colony,New Delhi.She is a stylist’s delight and her clothes have been picked for a few film sequences and T V shows, besides grooming people for the live make over session for TIMES NOW, Headlines Today, Aaj Tak, Zoom TV, News X and NDTV.
VARIJA has a lot of joint shows with various lifestyle brands apart from own shows.VLCC, All India Gems and Jewellery Federation, Premia Group, ASSOCHAM, GITANJALI Jewels….to name a few
Being a successful entrepreneur, in an unorganized fashion sector, she is now a case study in ISB Hyderabad, the most reputed B-schools of the country. She also has lectures given at FMS Delhi and XIC Mumbai to her credit,apart from being a mentor with over 10 fashion colleges across the country.
She is also on the advisory board of Amity University and International Polytechnic for Women.
Her collections are adorned by various bollywood celebs like Jacqueline Fernandis, Mugda Godse,Hrishita Bhatt,Asin, Karishma Kapoor,Veena Malik and Tanushree Dutta to name a few.