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Advisory Board Members

B.S NAGESH
VICE CHAIRMAN, SHOPPERS STOP LTD
FOUNDER, TRRAIN

B. S. Nagesh has been with Shoppers Stop Ltd since its inception in 1991.  Recognized as the pioneer of the retail boom in India, Mr. Nagesh was voted by Business India as one of the top 50 managers in India who will influence the Indian business scenario in the 21st century. He was also instrumental in acquiring of the Crossword chain of bookstores in the year 2000. Ernst & Young nominated him for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2005 as one of the top 30 finalists.  He is the first Asian to be inducted into the “World Retail Hall of Fame” 2008 at the World Retail Congress 2008 conducted in Barcelona. Mr. B.S. Nagesh has been involved in setting up and opening the country’s largest hypermarket HyperCity. It has been declared as one of the top 100 retail destinations in the world by Retail Week, UK and the best hypermarket at the United States International Design Awards in New York. In the year 2009, Mr. Nagesh was elevated as the Vice Chairman of Shoppers Stop in a non executive position.  Before joining the K.Raheja Corp group he was involved with Carona Ltd. as its zonal manager retail for South & East controlling the operations of 128 stores in these two regions.

As part of his personal philosophy of Learn, Earn & Return, Nagesh stepped down from all operational role in the K. Raheja Corp Group in August 2009 at the age of 50. He has set up a charitable trust called TRRAIN (TRUST FOR RETAILERS AND RETAIL ASSOCIATES OF INDIA).  He has also established Section 25 company called TRRAIN FOUNDATION with a not for profit objective. Both these organizations are working towards empowering people in retail by helping them through financial literacy, skilling, education and getting them pride and respect through awards and celebrations.

 

KUMAR RAJAGOPALAN
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
RETAILERS ASSOCIATION OF INDIA

Kumar Rajagopalan is currently working as the CEO of Retailers Association of India. Retailers association of India (RAI) is the unified voice of retailers in India. RAI works with all stakeholders for creating the right environment for the growth of retail industry in India, RAI is the body that encourages, develops, facilitates and supports retailers to become modern and adopt best practices that will delight customers. Prior to joining RAI, Kumar was the country head - Retail solutions at IBM. Before joining IBM, he was the ED & COO of 'Crossword Book Stores'. Kumar was with Shopper's Stop Ltd. for 13 years. During his tenure with Shoppers' Stop Kumar has had varied  responsibilities including Finance & Systems, Operations, Buying & Merchandising for Non-apparels, concessions, Head of a venture called 'Bargains'. He is associated with various organizations and industry bodies that help and promote retail.

 

SRIRAM RAMAKRISHNAN
RESIDENT EDITOR - WEST
THE ECONOMIC TIMES

Sriram is the Resident Editor of The Economic Times (West Region). He started his career in 1991 with the Sidewalker, a fortnightly magazine from Madras. He joined ET in 2002 as Senior Asst Editor. He was the Corporate Editor of Mumbai bureau till 2008 before moving to Bangalore as Resident Editor-South. He is considered as a veteran in Corporate & Markets news.

 

RACHNA NATH
INDIA RETAIL AND CONSUMER LEADER- PWC

Rachna is an Executive Director with PwC India and consulting practice. She leads the Retail & Consumer, Transportation & Logistics, Energy, Utilities & Mining industries. She has more than 17 years of experience and has worked for a number of clients in India and abroad. She was identified as an emerging leader globally in her early years of Partnership and leads a large global change management initiative for India. She is an active speaker at various forums and has created a number of courses in PwC for leadership and project management.

 


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