Kishore Biyani is the Managing Director of Pantaloon Retail (India) Ltd and the Group Chief Executive Officer of Future Group. Considered a pioneer of modern retail in India, Kishore’s leadership has led Pantaloon Retail’s emergence as India’s leading retailer operating multiple retail formats that cater to the entire basket of Indian consumers.
Kishore Biyani led the company’s foray into organised retail with the opening of the Pantaloons family store in 1997. This was followed in 2001 with the launch of Big Bazaar, a uniquely Indian hypermarket format that democratized shopping in India. It blends the look and feel of the Indian bazaar with aspects of modern retail like choice, convenience and quality. This was followed by a number of other formats including Food Bazaar, Central and Home Town.
2006 marked the evolution of Future Group that brought together the multiple initiatives taken by group companies in the areas of Retail, Brands, Space, Capital, Logistics and Media.
Kishore Biyani advocates ‘Indianness’ as the core value driving the group and the corporate credo ‘Rewrite Rules, Retain Values.’
Regularly ranked among India’s most admired CEOs, he is the author of the book It Happened in India. He has won numerous awards from government bodies and the private sector in India and abroad and is on the board of a number of bodies, including the National Innovation Foundation in India and the New York Fashion Board.
Rakesh Biyani is a Joint Managing Director of the Company. He is actively involved in category management, retail stores operations, information technology and exports.
Shailesh Haribhakti is the Chairman and Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. He is the Managing Partner of Haribhakti & Co., Chartered Accountants and the Chairman of BDO Consulting. He is the Chairman of the Banking, Finance and Insurance Committee of the Indian Merchant’s Chamber and Member of the Adhoc Advisory Committee for Master’s Degree in Management Studies, University of Mumbai. He is on the Board of several public limited companies, including ACC Ltd., Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd. and Raymond Ltd.
He is a Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant, and a Certified Internal Auditor.
S Doreswamy is a Non-executive Independent Director of the Company. He has vast experience in banking and finance. He retired as Chairman and Managing Director of Central Bank of India. He is Chairman of CanFin Homes Ltd. and is also on the Board of Ceat Ltd., Rama Newsprint & Paper Ltd. and Hexaware Technologies Ltd.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Science and Law.
Dr. Darlie Koshy is a Non-executive Independent Director of the Company. He has served the National Institute of Design (Ministry of Commerce, Govt. Of India) as Director for two terms. Prior to this, he was the founding Chairperson of Fashion Management at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (Ministry of Textiles, Govt. Of India). He is currently Director General and CEO of ATDC Network of 58 Institutes / Centres and two premier campuses of Institute of Apparel Management under the aegis of AEPC (Sponsored by Ministry of Textiles, GOI). Dr. Koshy received the Delhi IIT Alumni Award for his contributions to National Development in 2008. Dr. Koshy has also been conferred with the ‘Star of Italian Solidarity’, one of the highest civilian awards bestowed by the Government of Italy. Dr. Koshy is the author of three pioneering books, including the much acclaimed Indian Design Edge.
He holds a PhD from IIT Delhi, besides an MBA degree.
Anil Harish is a Non-executive Independent Director of the Company. He is a partner at D.M. Harish & Co., Advocates & Solicitors. He specialises in Income Tax, FEMA and property matters. He is on the Board of a number of public limited companies like Hotel Leela Ventures Ltd. and Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd. among others.
He holds an LLM degree from the University of Miami, USA.
Bala Deshpande is a Non-executive Independent Director of the Company. She has multi-industry exposure and has worked with FMCG companies like Bestfoods, Cadburys Ltd. and ICI. She was also nominated to the Women Leadership forum held in Bestfoods, New York. She is on the Board of Info Edge (India) Ltd.
She holds a Masters degree in Economics and Masters in Management Studies from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, Mumbai.
Vijay Kumar Chopra is a Non-executive Independent Director of the Company. He has over 31 years of experience in the banking industry. He was Chairman and Managing Director of SIDBI and Corporation Bank. His last assignment was with SEBI as Whole-time Member. He is on the Board of a number of public limited companies like Rolta India Ltd. and Havells India Ltd. among others.
He is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) by profession and is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB).
Gopikishan Biyani is a Non-executive Director of the Company and looks after the manufacturing operations. He has more than two decades of experience in the textile business.
Vijay Biyani is an Executive Director of the Company. He brings more than 25 years of experience in textile, yarn and ready-made apparels business. He is actively involved in the financial and administrative functions of the Company.