As per the new role, Gunjan Shah will help add value, strengthen Bata’s position in the Indian market, and aid in the brand’s growth strategy.
Bata India Limited announced the appointment of Gunjan Shah as its new CEO. Shah will be at the helm of the brand’s operations in India and takes over from Sandeep Kataria who has been elevated as the Global CEO of Bata Brands.
With an experience of working across varied sectors spanning Consumer Durables, Telecom, and FMCG, Shah brings a knack for understanding consumers, people’s development experience and more. In his previous role, 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.
Ashwani Windlass, CEO and Chairman, Bata India Ltd, stated, “I am delighted to welcome Gunjan on board as Bata India’s new CEO. Over the past few years, we have been consistently delivering strong growth in the highly competitive footwear market. Backed by decades of experience working with powerhouse brands, Gunjan understands the Indian market’s complexities and varied nuances. I’m confident that he will add value and strengthen Bata’s position in the Indian market.”
Sandeep Kataria, Global CEO, Bata Brands, said, “India has always been a significant market for us from a global perspective. A dynamic leader like Gunjan will spearhead the company’s operations in India and given his extensive experience and track record, I am confident that he will take the Bata brand to even greater heights and deliver strong growth.”
Gunjan Shah, CEO, Bata India Ltd, added, “I feel both honored and humbled on being appointed as the CEO of India’s favorite footwear brand and on the confidence reposed in me by the board. I’m also excited about the journey ahead. As an iconic brand, Bata has become an integral part of the Indian fabric. I realize that I have big shoes to fill in and I’m thrilled about working with the talented & experienced Bata team. I look forward to building on the legacy of my predecessors in taking the Bata brand to new heights alongside creating long-term sustainable value for all stakeholders in the company.”
Shah holds a Bachelor of Technology (Computers) from VJTI, Mumbai, and a postgraduate diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. He will be joining Bata during June 2021 and will be based out of Gurugram.