Bata India Appoints Gunjan Shah as its New Director & CEO
Footwear manufacturer Bata India names Gunjan Shah, the former chief commercial officer of Britannia Industries, as its new CEO. Gunjan would now take over from Sandeep Kataria, who was elevated as the Global CEO of Bata Brands in November last year. Gunjan Shah is expected to join Bata in June 2021 and be based in Gurugram. He is expected to lead the brand's operations in India, according to a statement released by Bata India.
Sandeep Kataria, Global CEO, Bata Brands, states, “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.”
Before moving to Britannia in 2007, Shah worked with brands such as Asian Paints and Motorola. An alumnus of IIM Kolkata, he has experience working across varied sectors such as consumer durables, telecom, and FMCG.
Gunjan Shah says, "I am 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 am 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."
Gunjan has held crucial position in mounting the Britannia business and has led numerous of the firm's business divisions for over a decade. It is these decades of deep proficiency and his considerate of the complex Indian market and its nuances that Gunjan would bring in his new role at Bata India.