CEO, Reliance Footprint
Gopalakrishnan Sankar is currently Chief Executive Officer at Reliance Footprint and Payless ShoeSource for the last 10 years. His prior stints include being a Managing Director – Lifestyle International Private Ltd (Landmark group company) from Jan 2005 to May 2006, Managing Director – Tesco India Sourcing (South Asia) and Director – Tesco Stores Hong Kong from May 2000 to Dec 2004, Regional Director – Arvind Worldwide Inc, U.K and Managing Director – Lauffenmuhle, Germany (a subsidiary of Arvind Mills Ltd) from May 1997 to Feb 2000 and Vice-President – European Operations of Coats Viyella, Manchester from May 1993 to April 1997.
Prior to 1993, held various positions in Madura Coats in India after joining the company in 1987 straight from the campus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad which is India’s premier management institute since inception.
Sankar holds a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering with distinction from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada, and a PG Diploma in Management with significant electives in Marketing and Finance from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad.
Sankar has more than 25 years of business experience. He also has considerable experience in strategizing and driving business expansions, implementing various operating models and has also done start-ups.