MEET THE CONTRIBUTORS
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 Pvt.ltd.
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’.