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Leadership

"Meet our management team. They guide our company in our quest to achieve our goals and provide strategic direction to ensure our continued success.".

Pranab Barua Business Director – Aditya Birla Retail Limited

Pranab Barua is the Business Director of Aditya Birla Retail Ltd. and is also the Group Mentor at the Aditya Birla Group a USD 50 billion multinational conglomerate. He served as the Business Director of Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd from 2009 to 2017. Under his guidance and leadership, the Group's Apparel and Food Retail businesses recorded a combined turnover of ~ INR 10,500 crores in 2017.

Pranab is a graduate in English Honours from St. Stephen's College, New Delhi, one amongst India’s most prestigious colleges for the arts and sciences. He has also attended several national and international programs, including the General Management Course in Four Acres, UK and the Advanced Management Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business, USA.

He has over 45 years of professional experience spanning several multinational firms, including :

  • Chairman and Managing Director of Reckitt Benckiser, India
  • Regional Director of Reckitt Benckiser, South Asia
  • Foods Director on the Board of Hindustan Unilever, India
  • Sales and Marketing Director, Brooke Bond India Ltd.
  • Operating roles with Private Equity Groups in the food and retail sectors.

At the Aditya Birla group, he is better known as a Master Strategist and a Visionary Leader. Pranab is credited to creating India’s first billion dollar pure play fashion company 'Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd (ABFRL) with a market cap of approximately USD 2 billion. Today, ABFRL'S leading brands such as Pantaloons, Louis Philippe, Van Heusen, Allen Solly, Peter England and Forever 21 have become India’s most loved brands.

The Aditya Birla Group ventured into the food and grocery retail sector in 2007 and subsequently expanded its presence across the country under the brand 'MORE' in two formats – supermarkets and hypermarkets. Pranab took charge of the business in 2012 and within a span of six years, the business has grown exponentially. Today, 'MORE' is one of India's largest and most trusted food and grocery retail businesses, and will continue to set new industry benchmarks through its focus on 'Making India Healthy and Happy'.

In recognition of his visionary leadership in totally transforming the businesses, Pranab was conferred the 'Leader of Leaders Award' in 2011 by the Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla. This award is special as it was the first time in the history of the Group that such a title was conferred to anyone.

Pranab is known for not only for his outstanding performance, but also for nurturing and developing leaders within the organization.

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Mohit Kampani Chief Executive Officer - Aditya Birla Retail Limited

Experience

Mohit Kampani is the Chief Executive Officer of Aditya Birla Retail Ltd. Mohit joined the Group in October 2016. He has over 22 years of professional work experience having worked with diverse consumer-facing businesses across geographies and functions.

In the past he has worked with Spencer’s Retail, Colgate-Palmolive, ICI Paints and Jumbo Electronics, Dubai. Prior to his current role, he was the Managing Director at Spencer’s Retail Ltd.

Mohit is an MBA from XIM, Bhubaneswar and a BCom(H) from Calcutta University.

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Chandrashekhar Chavan Chief Human Resources Officer - Apparel and Retail

Experience

Chandrashekhar Chavan is the Chief Human Resources Officer - Apparel & Retail Business of The Aditya Birla Group. The Apparel & Retail Business consists of Madura Fashion & Lifestyle, Pantaloons and Aditya Birla Retail Ltd.

A Master’s Degree holder in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, he joined the Aditya Birla Group in 1996 and has completed close to 19 years in the Group, holding multiple portfolios, across businesses of Metals (Hindalco Industries), Financial Services (Birla Sunlife Mutual Funds), Cement (Ultratech Cement) and Apparel (Madura Fashion & Lifestyle and Pantaloons Fashion & Retail Ltd), as well as varied functions across Group HR, Business HR and Unit HR.

Prior to joining the Aditya Birla Group, he had a brief stint with Wipro British Telecom.

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V. Gopalakrishnan Chief Quality & Sustainability Officer - Aditya Birla Retail Limited

Experience

Gopal is responsible for formulating and implementing an overarching quality strategy for the Retail Business. He is also responsible for Research and Development. He possesses over 21 years of diverse experience in the field of Food Processing and FMCG industries. His previous assignment was Technical Head (India) for Diageo India Ltd where he was responsible for Quality, R&D and Safety Health & Environment. He has worked in Quality and Manufacturing departments with organisations such as Colgate Palmolive India Limited, PepsiCo India Holdings Ltd and Amul. Gopal is a Chemical Technologist with a specialization in Food Technology from the illustrious Laxminarayan Institute of Technology - Nagpur.