Retail Leadership Summit (RLS) 2019

Ramanathan Hariharan


Group Director & Board Member, Landmark Group

Ramanathan Hariharan or ‘Ram’, as he is popularly known, is the CEO of Max, the largest value fashion brand in the Middle East and Group Director and Board Member of the Landmark Group.

Landmark Group is one of the largest retail and hospitality conglomerate with operations in Middle East, North Africa and India.

Ram’s strength lies in retail concept development and building large profitable business models in fashion retailing. In his early days, Ram worked with multinational companies in their finance and logistics function, before moving to Nairobi as General Manager of a knit garment factory.

Ram joined Landmark Group in Dubai in 1994 and played a pivotal role in launching the fashion brand – Splash. In June 1996, he moved to Kuwait to expand the Group’s operations in the new territory. Realizing the importance and potential of the Group’s India operations, Ram moved as Managing Director to head Lifestyle, India in 2000. Having successfully launched the brand in India, Ram took over the reins to conceptualize and build Max, the Group’s value fashion business in 2004. Under Ram’s leadership over the last 14 years, Max has grown to become the largest value fashion brand with over 400 stores in the Middle East, North Africa and India. Very recently, Ram has also assumed the responsibility for directing the Group’s expansion plans into South East Asia.

Today, Ram is at the forefront formulating strategies and overseeing Landmark Group’s investments in India and Max across its countries of operation, with aggressive expansion plans in the near future.