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GAU­RAV JADLI Head of Buy­ing & Mer­chan­dis­ing, Arvind Life­style Brands Ltd.

Gau­rav Jadli has done his Post Grad­u­a­tion from NIFT and Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­gramee from IIM-C., Jadli has 14 years of work ex­pe­ri­ence with renowned in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic fash­ion brands like Gant, Nau­tica, Splash, Wills Life­style and oth­ers, es­pe­cially in re­tail buy­ing, mer­chan­dis­ing, strat­egy and plan­ning, prod­uct, in­ven­tory man­age­ment, brand build­ing, etc.

LEELA HARA KR­ISHNA DGM - Buy­ing & Mer­chan­dis­ing, Ray­mond Lim­ited

Leela Hara Kr­ishna has 17 years of re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence with top re­tail cen­tric or­gan­i­sa­tions, he has ex­ten­sive skills en­com­pass­ing re­tail oper­a­tions, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, mar­ket­ing, re­tail plan­ning and mer­chan­dis­ing. Hara Kr­ishna has a unique dis­tinc­tion of be­ing a part of lux­ury, premium and mass brands. Post his ho­tel man­age­ment, he started the ca­reer with ITC Wills Life­style work­ing in oper­a­tions, and buy­ing and mer­chan­dis­ing in dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties for 8 years. He moved to Brand­house Re­tails and han­dled oper­a­tions and buy­ing be­fore mov­ing to Re­liance brands. Post Re­liance, he han­dled the high fash­ion women’s wear brand, Chem­istry, as Busi­ness head be­fore mov­ing to Ray­mond.

SURABHI AGRAWAL Head of Mer­chan­dis­ing, Crocs In­dia Pvt. Ltd.

Surabhi Agrawal has been part of the re­tail in­dus­try for nine years now, prior to join­ing Crocs, Surabhi Agrawal was as­so­ci­ated with footwear brand Clarks, re­tail chain Max - a part of Dubai based Land­mark Group - in buy­ing, mer­chan­dis­ing and sourc­ing roles. She grad­u­ated from Na­tional In­sti­tute of Fash­ion Tech­nol­ogy in a de­sign course that spe­cialises in de­sign­ing footwear and leather car­ri­ables. There­after, she started her pro­fes­sional jour­ney as a de­signer with an ex­port house, cre­at­ing leather goods for brand like Guess, Tommy Hil­figer, Nau­tica, Re­play and Diesel. This prod­uct knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence came in handy in her B&M roles later.

NITIN YAG­NIK Vice Pres­i­dent Mer­chan­dis­ing, Soch Ap­par­els Pvt Ltd

Nitin Yag­nik is an En­gi­neer in Tex­tile Tech­nol­ogy, Gm­tian from NIFT Mum­bai and GMBA from SP Jain Cen­ter of Man­age­ment. In his work ex­pe­ri­ence of 16 years, he has worked with or­gan­i­sa­tions like Fu­ture Group, Re­liance Trends, Car­refour WC&C, Arvind Mills and Soch.

SUD­HIR GUPTA Head of Buy­ing & Mer­chan­dis­ing, ITC Lim­ited - Life­style Re­tail­ing Busi­ness

Sud­hir is a dy­namic fash­ion and re­tail busi­ness pro­fes­sional with 25 years of en­riched ex­pe­ri­ence in re­pute­d­in­ter­na­tional and In­dian brands in the life­style and fash­ion in­dus­try. He has wide ex­pe­ri­ence in fash­ion value chain cover­ing life­style, ap­par­els, ac­ces­sories, home tex­tiles and hard-goods sec­tors. He has been in lead­er­ship roles with hands on ex­pe­ri­ence in strat­egy and oper­a­tions in the ar­eas of mer­chan­dis­ing, cat­e­gory and prod­uct man­age­ment, prod­uct de­vel­op­ment,global sourc­ing and sup­ply chain, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, es­tab­lish­ing and head­ing Multi coun­try oper­a­tions, sys­tems & pro­cesses and team de­vel­op­ment & coach­ing. Dur­ing th­ese years, Gupta has had the priv­i­lege of work­ing with cus­tomers in lux­ury, premium and mid seg­ments spread across North Amer­ica, EU and In­dia.

PURVI JOSHI VP- Sourc­ing and In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness, The Mand­hana Re­tail Ven­tures Ltd

Purvi Joshi has been part of the core foun­da­tion team of Be­ing Hu­man cloth­ing that was put on the global map in 2012 by Mand­hana In­dus­tries Ltd, the global li­censee for de­sign­ing, mar­ket­ing and dis­tribut­ing the cloth­ing line. She has been with the brand ever since its in­cep­tion. Her jour­ney in the gar­ment in­dus­try has en­hanced her ex­per­tise in de­sign, mer­chan­dis­ing, sourc­ing and over­all busi­ness de­vel­op­ment over the course of 18 years. Amal­ga­mat­ing this with her var­ied in­ter­na­tional out­look achieved from trav­el­ling to var­i­ous fash­ion cap­i­tals, Purvi has put her best foot for­ward in ex­pand­ing the over­all reach of Be­ing Hu­man Cloth­ing, driv­ing the brand to sell at over 500 Point-of Sales across 15 coun­tries cur­rently.

SHARAD VENKTA MD & CEO, Toonz Re­tail In­dia Pvt. Ltd., Toonz Re­tail In­dia

Sharad Venkta has been in­stru­men­tal in mak­ing Toonz one of the largest kid’s re­tail player in In­dia to­day. He joined Toonz in March 2012 with the de­ter­mi­na­tion and pas­sion to make it re­tail “Kids own store” and the “Go-to” fash­ion brand for kids. Sharad’s pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence of 13 years has helped Toonz Re­tail brand port­fo­lio, fa­cil­i­tate the launch of 100+ re­tail stores and three home brands Wow­mom, Su­pery­oung and Su­pery­oung Cel­e­bra­tions.

ADITYA PURI Re­tail Head, Gio­vanni

Aditya Puri is re­tail head at Gio­vani. Puri has an ex­pe­ri­ence of over 20 years in re­tail and fash­ion busi­ness. He has worked in all the de­part­ments of re­tail sec­tor in­clud­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing.

SALESH GROVER Busi­ness Head, OSL Lux­ury Col­lec­tions Pvt. Ltd (Cor­neliani)

Salesh Grover is a pas­sion­ate pro­fes­sional with a suc­cess­ful track record. He has ac­quired ex­cel­lence in tak­ing up tough projects and mak­ing them suc­cess­ful. His ex­pe­ri­ence of 17 years with var­i­ous lux­ury houses has en­hanced his knowl­edge and played a piv­otal role in for­ma­tion of sound fun­da­men­tals of nu­ances of global busi­ness. Cur­rently, he man­ages the P&L, and com­plete man­age­ment and fu­ture plan­ning of OSL Lux­ury.

SAN­JALI GIRI Gen­eral Man­ager - Quest Re­tail Pri­vate Lim­ited (The Body Shop )

San­jali has 14 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in Branded Ap­parel, Footwear, Ac­ces­sories, Cos­met­ics and Toi­letries. Ar­eas of ex­per­tise in­clude Brand, Prod­uct and Ecom­merce. San­jali joined The Body Shop in 2011 to man­age the prod­uct and com­mer­cial func­tion for In­dia and Sri Lanka be­fore mov­ing to the cur­rent port­fo­lio of Brand Man­age­ment, Re­tail and Ecom­merce strat­egy. As GM, she is re­spon­si­ble for new ini­tia­tives, busi­ness ex­pan­sion, iden­ti­fy­ing growth op­por­tu­ni­ties and driv­ing busi­ness for

154 POS and E-com­merce. San­jali has played a key role in build­ing the brand in In­dia. She started work­ing in Buy­ing and Mer­chan­dis­ing func­tion. Moved on to the in­ter­na­tional brand Guess (Planet Re­tail Hold­ing Pvt. Ltd.) driv­ing plan­ning, buy­ing and mer­chan­dis­ing func­tion for the brand. Post Guess, she did a brief en­tre­pre­neur­ial stint by cre­at­ing a niche con­cept of a style stu­dio of­fer­ing de­sign so­lu­tions to de­sign­ers and con­sumers.

NIS­HANT POD­DAR Chief Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer, Uni­ver­sal Sports­biz Pvt. Ltd

Since join­ing Uni­ver­sal Sports­biz Pvt. Ltd in Aug’ 2014, Nis­hant has helped grow the com­pany from a lone brand Col­lectabil­lia to a strong 4 brands busi­ness with the launch of Wrogn, Imara and Ms. Taken. As Head of Mar­ket­ing & Re­tail, he is re­spon­si­ble for build­ing part­ner­ships and broader busi­ness re­la­tion­ships with on­line and off­line chan­nel part­ners, pro­vid­ing busi­ness thought lead­er­ship to his team of Cham­pi­ons, re­tail ex­pan­sion along with com­plete mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tion of all the fash­ion brands.

VISHAL DUBEY Na­tional Re­tail Man­ager, Lee Cooper, Fu­ture Spe­cial­ity Re­tail Lim­ited

Vishal is a hard core Sales Spe­cial­ist and pur­pose­ful Strate­gist en­com­pass­ing street smart skills honed though toil and sweat. His sole ob­jec­tive is to suc­ceed at the task in hand. His motto is ‘walk the talk’. His be­lief is ‘Never give up’.

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