Retail Leadership Summit (RLS) 2019

Pratik Shah


CEO & Founder, Specsmakers Opticians Pvt LTD

A self chiseled entrepreneur, Pratik Shah, the CEO & Founder of Specsmakers had graduated with a MBA in Finance & Marketing from Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University. After his education, he went on to become an Investment Banker for Morgan Stanley in the US. His return to India was unavoidable as he had to handle his father’s wholesale business of optical lenses. In just couple of years, he envisioned to start India’s first single brand optician retail chain and had launched the first outlet at Anna Nagar, Chennai in the year 2007 under the brand “Specsmakers”

Specsmakers as brand has shown phenomenal growth under his expertise and leadership by expanding its footprint from a single store to 125 stores spread across Chennai, Bengaluru & Madurai, in a span of 10 years. Pratik’s interest and love are towards stocks, marketing and banking. He steps up to the next level as a tech evangelist, who believes that software’s can assist product demo’s to attain new experience as better understanding to consumers.

Pratik is an avid believer of woman driven organisation thus leading to partner the company with his wife, Sonal Shah as COO. His belief has enabled the brand to achieve 45% woman staffing with an overall head count of 462 employees. His sheer passion towards his work had made the company to receive “South India’s Best Affordable Optician” by Times Retail Icon for two consecutive years 2015 & 2016, respectively.