Retail Leadership Summit (RLS) 2019

Speaker 2018


MD & CEO, Arvind Lifestyle Brands Limited

Suresh joined the company in September 2005 and since then has turned around the company by strengthening brands and retail portfolio of Arvind through organic growth and acquisitions and aggressively growing Megamart as a leading value retail chain in apparels. During his tenure, Arvind added international marquee brands like Calvin Klein, Nautica, US Polo, Gap, The Children’s Place, Aeropostale and Sephora to its portfolio. In the last 8 years, Arvind Lifestyle Brands turnover has increased 10 times and profits manifold. Arvind Lifestyle Brands Ltd is a significant contributor to the parent company Arvind Ltd and is well poised to be a $ 1 billion company by 2018.

Prior to joining Arvind, Mr. J. Suresh has held several senior positions during his 18 year old stint in Hindustan Unilever Ltd and has served as a member of the management committee of the foods and beverages business. Appointed by JP Morgan Chase as CEO when they invested in MTR Foods, Suresh was instrumental in growing a regional brand to a national brand with global presence. This resulted in the Firms Valuation increasing by 5 times in 3 years. Mr. J. Suresh is a mechanical engineer and an MBA from IIM Bangalore. He was the past Chairman of the CII National Committee on Retail in 2013-2014 and is a member of the National Council of Retailers Association of India.