Mr Ashwani Windlass, 63, has spent more than four decades in top management roles with first-hand experience in both traditional and new age technology companies. With an exceptional track record in value creation, he now mentors top CEOs/Boards.
An MBA from FMS, Delhi University, he holds a B.Com degree with a gold medal and post-graduation in Journalism (B.J.) from Punjab University, Chandigarh.
Since 2008, he has been Chairman – SA & JVs, MGRM Inc., USA, a global research initiative on human lifecycle-based services. He is on the Board of several leading companies, including Hitachi MGRM Net Limited, Vodafone Idea Limited, Hindustan Media Ventures Limited and Jubilant Foodworks Limited. He served on the Board of Max India Limited/Max Financial Services Limited for more than 25 years.
He established and managed dozen-plus new ventures with the world’s leading corporations – Hutchison Group, Hong Kong; British Telecom UK; Comsat Corporation, USA; Avnet, USA; Royal DSM, Holland; Total Group, France; Hitachi Limited, Japan, among others.
He has been the Founder Managing Director of Hutchison Max Telecom (later rechristened Vodafone India Limited) and Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Reliance Telecom Limited & Executive Chairman MGRM.
Having anchored key policy initiatives with several Governments, he regularly contributes editorial columns.
Mr Rajeev Gopalakrishnan, Managing Director, holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kerala. He joined Bata Shoe Organisation (BSO) in 1990. With rich experience of 29 years he has previously handled the positions of Director – Wholesale Channels, Sales & Marketing with Bata International – Canada, and as the Vice President of Bata India Limited in Retail Operations and Wholesale Division. Before joining as the Managing Director of Bata India Limited in October 2011, Mr Gopalakrishnan was the Managing Director of Bata Retail Stores for nine months. He was previously the Managing Director of Bata Bangladesh for one year, and the Managing Director of Bata Thailand for three years.
He has attended various courses and advanced programmes of BSO, viz., Course Leader Advanco 2009 (India/China), Advanco 2006 in Singapore, Advance Retailing Courses, Executive Management Programme in 2009, Sprint 1997 (Retail Course), and Retailco 1996 in India. He has also attended a programme in IMD, Switzerland on Leadership and Sustainable Business Growth.
With his visionary leadership, Mr Gopalakrishnan spearheaded Bata India’s retail operations, re-engineered business processes and diversified product offerings while maintaining a strong innovative outlook culture. A self-driven professional, he has taken Bata India on a high growth trajectory. Given his strategic bent of mind and ability to pinpoint opportunities, he has articulated a vision to make Bata India the most admired name in the branded footwear and accessories sector.
His contribution to the industry has been acknowledged at several renowned platforms. He was conferred with the ‘Udyog Ratna Award’ and the ‘Certificate of Excellence and Gold Medal’ by The Institute of Economic Studies in 2014. He was recognized as the ‘Retail Professional of the Year’ in CMO Asia Summit at the 2015 Asia Retail Conference and received the prestigious ‘EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015’ (Finalist Award). In 2017, the World Consulting & Research Corporation bestowed him with the honour of ‘India’s Most Trusted CEO’.
Mr. Gunjan Shah holds a Bachelor of Technology (Computers) from VJTI, Mumbai and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
Mr. Gunjan Shah has extensive experience of working across varied sectors spanning Consumer Durables, Telecom and FMCG. He brings to the table an innate knack for understanding consumers, passion for action, people development experience and clarity of thought and purpose. In his previous role, Mr. Gunjan was the Chief Commercial Officer at Britannia Industries. He spent the early stages of his career working with brands such as Asian Paints and Motorola before moving on to Britannia in 2007.
Ms. Vidhya Srinivasan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and also holds a PGBDM degree from IIM - Ahmedabad. She had joined Bata India Limited as CFO during January 2021 from Puma Sports India Pvt. Ltd. where she was working as Executive Director - Finance, Legal and IT and CFO.
Ms. Vidhya Srinivasan has over 23 years of experience in Finance, Strategy, Business Planning, Legal and Commercial Functions. She has worked with reputed organizations like Aditya Birla Retail Limited, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited, Kearney, etc. at various positions including CFO.
Ms. Kanchan Chehal joined Bata India Limited as Head – Human Resources in December 2019 from Xerox India Pvt. Ltd. where she was working as Executive Director – Human Resources, leading HR Operation for the Asia Pacific Region.
Her career spans over 2 decades in Human Resource Management across business sectors including Technology, IT&ITES, Sourcing, FMCG, Telecom and Service industries with 25+ years of experience in the HR domain.
Prior to Bata, at Xerox she was part of the management team as the HR Operation Leader - Asia Pacific responsible for all Xerox Entities in the Region covering Go-To-Market Operations, Global Business Shared Services centres, Delivery and Procurement organizations.
Prior, she worked with GAP Sourcing, as Senior Director-Human Resources covering South East Asia under her remit.
In her earlier career journey, she has worked with other organizations of repute such as PepsiCo International, Bharti Airtel, InterGlobe and Usha India in various roles wherein she led Leadership Development, Careers and Succession Planning, designing, and delivering HR policy frameworks, robust Talent Management, and key HR interventions.
Her expertise in conceptualizing and delivering HR strategy frameworks, Organization Design, driving reward and recognition programs and training and development span many years. She believes in strong HR Business Partnering, building careers, driving transformation projects and on continuous learning.
She holds a PGDBM in Human Resources from the Indian Institute of Planning & Management, New Delhi and BA History (Hons) from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.
Mr Alberto Toni graduated in Economics from the Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan. A Chartered Accountant and Certified Tax Advisor, he has attended executive education programmes at Harvard Business School and INSEAD. As the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Committee Member of the Bata Group, he is responsible for all aspects of financial management of the Group globally. Moreover, he is in charge of Supply Chain, Information Technology and the Bata Industrial business unit.
Before joining Bata Group in 2016, Mr Toni held several senior leadership positions at market-leading organisations in Europe and Latin America. He began his career as a Chartered Accountant in primary consulting firms in Italy.
Before moving to the FMCG industry, Mr Toni had a stint with Heineken, where he held positions of increasing seniority during his 18-year tenure. Thereafter, he worked with Deoleo – the global market leader in olive oil, listed at the Madrid stock exchange – in Spain as Chief Financial Officer and was a central part of the leadership team steering the ambitious transformation of the business.
Mr Ravindra Dhariwal is the co-founder and Chairman of Sagacito Technologies – a data analytics firm specialising in helping enterprises maximise their revenues. In a career spanning four decades, he has built consumer businesses all over the world.
Before co-founding Sagacito, he was the Group CEO of Bennett, Coleman & Co., India’s largest media entity, with diversified media platforms, including Radio Mirchi, Times Television Network, Times Internet, Times OOH and the world’s largest-selling English newspaper The Times of India.
Mr Dhariwal was also the worldwide President of the International News Media Association between 2011 and 2013. Before joining Bennett Coleman & Co., he was with PepsiCo for 12 years. As its first employee in India, he helped the company establish its presence in the country. He also led the Beverage Business in India, Africa and South-East Asia. Beginning his career with Unilever in India in 1977, he worked in both India and Australia for more than 12 years, mostly in Sales and Marketing management. Mr Dhariwal is an Engineer from IIT Kanpur and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.