Sandeep Kataria will oversee operations across 70 markets where the Lausanne, Switzerland-based Bata sells footwear.

Bata  promotes India chief as global  ops  head

The Bata Shoe Organisation on Monday named its India chief government Sandeep Kataria as the worldwide CEO. Kataria, the primary Indian to move the 120-year-old retailer, replaces Alexis Nasard, who’s stepping down after about 5 years.

Ashwani Windlass will proceed to be the chairman of Bata India Ltd, whereas Rajeev Gopala Krishnan stays the managing director. The firm didn’t identify a successor to Kataria.

Kataria will oversee operations throughout 70 markets the place the Lausanne, Switzerland-based Bata sells footwear.

Kataria joined Bata in August 2017 as its CEO after serving because the chief business officer of Vodafone India Ltd. In his practically 25-year profession, Kataria has labored throughout giant consumer-facing companies, together with Unilever the place he spent practically 20 years. He additionally labored with Yum! Brands, which runs the favored KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell eating places.

Kataria holds a submit graduate diploma in enterprise administration from the distinguished XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Kataria joined Bata when the corporate was renovating its shops and including new designs to enchantment to youthful shoe consumers in India. A process he has since furthered.

As the chief government of Bata India, Kataria helped double its earnings, the corporate mentioned in an announcement.

In India, Bata was arrange in 1931 as Bata Shoe Co. Pvt. Ltd and has since turn out to be synonymous with middle-class consumption.

As of March, the retailer has 1,558 retail shops throughout India, together with franchise companions. In FY20, the corporate offered 49.four million pairs of footwear within the nation.

“I would like to congratulate Sandeep on his well-deserved promotion. Over the past few years, the India team has delivered exceptional growth in footwear volume, revenue and profit, and has strengthened Bata’s customer measures in a highly competitive footwear market. The Bata Group and Bata India both stand to benefit greatly from Sandeep’s extensive experience,” Windlass mentioned.

The firm was based in Czechoslovakia in 1894 and is at the moment based mostly in Lausanne, Switzerland. Bata stays a household owned enterprise promoting greater than 180 million pairs of footwear yearly in 5,800 shops with 22 Bata-owned manufacturing services. Bata operates in additional than 70 nations and has 35,000 staff.

Kataria joins the rising league of Indians who’ve risen to tackle international roles together with Google’s Sundar Pichai Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, IBM’s Arvind Krishna, Reckitt Benckiser Laxman Narasimhan and Mastercard’s Ajay Banga.