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  • Sumit Mitra

    CEO, Tesco Business Services Read full profile
  • Sumit is a highly motivated, results-oriented senior executive with expertise in strategising and building global business services for multinationals. He is experienced in leading organisations to achieve business objectives, strategise and execute business turnaround and drive cost transformation. Sumit has a unique ability to join the dots in a very complex organisation and lead a diverse global workforce.

    In his assignment at British Telecom (BT), Sumit conceptualised the Contract Delivery Shared Service (CDSS) and led the global implementation - benchmarked as a world class capability, a differentiator in the Telecoms market. He later strategised and executed BT’s global business services model with direct responsibility for 7000 plus employees across 9 countries. Sumit led BT in India to one of the top 25 best employers within 2 years of its existence.

    Sumit is passionate about employer branding, people and helping teams succeed by leading and creating a culture that inspires people to strive for excellence. He believes in taking people along and creating an environment that delivers successful results, operational excellence and further to customer experience.

    Sumit studied in Scotland and has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s in Business Administration. He has completed the Global Strategic Management programme from Harvard Business School.

    Sumit loves sports. He holds a cricket coaching diploma from the England & Wales Cricket Board and is an expert in martial arts. He is a passionate Manchester United supporter and loves spending time with his two daughters.

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  • Robbie Dagger

    Head - People, Tesco Bengaluru Read full profile
  • Robbie Dagger is responsible for the People function at Tesco Bengaluru that covers Talent, Organisation Design, Leadership & Development, Policy, Reward, Recruitment, Global Mobility and Operations. He leads the People plans supporting the business, building the employer brand at Tesco and enhancing colleague capabilities.

    Robbie joined Tesco in 2011 and has served in various capacities including business partnering our Technology and Finance teams. He has also led the Commercial Recruitment operation in the UK. With over 14 years of business experience, Robbie loves a challenge and is passionate about leading change initiatives and driving results through skilful engagement.

    Prior to Tesco, Robbie has held various key positions in UK organisations such as Retail Human Resources plc and Linden Consulting. Robbie holds a BA degree from Lancaster University in Politics & International Relations and a CIPD Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Middlesex University.  

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  • Karandeep Singh

    Director, Finance - Operations Read full profile
  • Karandeep an experienced Finance professional has over 20 years of business experience. He has worked across industries and held various key positions with Flipkart, Moser Baer, Ariba, Yum Restaurants, Dell and Sapient.

    Karandeep a Chartered Accountant by qualification was also the recipient of "CFO of the year 2012" for Information Technology sector by Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

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  • Sanjeev Nagwekar

    Director, Property Services & Facilities Read full profile
  • Sanjeev leads the Property function which includes Store Design, Maintenance  Support , Space - Range - Display and  Facility Management 

    Sanjeev brings 28 years of experience across Oil & Gas, Real Estate & Retail sectors. He has lived and worked in West Africa and several cities in India.

    Having worked in transnational organisations over the past two decades, he has executed large construction projects. He has spearheaded projects like development of Mega Petrol Stations, Toll Plaza's on Expressways and development of SEZ / STPI facilities. He was instrumental in setting up complete off shore design function including architecture, engineering, store planning, etc in India for a Fortune 500 US retail company.

    Sanjeev holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Diploma in Management Studies.

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  • Pavan Ganapathy

    Director, Customer and Product Read full profile
  • Pavan B Ganapathy Leads the Customer and Product division at Tesco Bengaluru, The Customer and product division helps Tesco fulfill key functions across its buying operations,  merchandising and supply chain streams as well as providing insight and on price, promotion and costs through the reporting and analytics teams.

    With a total experience of 18 years, Pavan has been with Tesco Bengaluru for 10 years in a variety of roles Including Transition and Operations. Pavan has in his time established and operated high performing teams across the store support and property verticals and in his last role established the product operations team working closely with our colleagues in Central Europe.

    Prior to Joining Tesco Pavan worked with Accenture and has also worked with ICICI Onesource in various roles across business transformation and operations. Pavan started his career in Advertising and also worked with Foodworld Supermarkets setting up and running stores..

    Pavan holds an MBA from ITM Banagalore and has a Bachelor of arts in Industrial Relations, Economics and Sociology. In his free time Pavans Interests include sculpting, drawing and biking.

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  • Vineeth Suresh

    Director - People Operations Read full profile
  • Vineeth Suresh leads Finance Transformation from the Bengaluru office.

    Vineeth has been with TESCO for over 10 years and has led functions like People & Channel as well as International Finance as Director at Tesco Bengaluru. Prior to Tesco, Vineeth has worked in various finance positions across IT/ITES, manufacturing, financial advisory and consulting within and outside of India.

    Vineeth holds a Master’s degree in Administration and Finance from Missouri State University (Missouri, USA) and a post graduate diploma in Marketing. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) - PMI Institute, USA.

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  • Vidya Laxman

    Engineering Director - Commercial Read full profile
  • Vidya Laxman is Technology Director at Tesco Bengaluru. She is member of the Technology Management Group, in the core CSR committee and board of Tesco Bengaluru. She is currently heading the Global Data Warehouse and Analytics along with delivery of the customer journey across all channels. In her 18+ years of international career, she has worked in technology and market facing roles with both startups and global players.  Her geographical diverse and rich experiences encompass incubating and growing global technology businesses and driving organizational change.

    Prior to Tesco Bengaluru, Vidya spent nearly 3 years as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Thoughtworks Studios division, where she managed the global operations that included development, finance, human resources, public policy, and communications. She also supported marketing, and sales efforts in the local market. Earlier, she worked in companies like Sunguard, Wachovia Bank and Fidelity.

    Vidya holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer engineering from RVCE, Bangalore. She is very active in different bodies like National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), American Chambers of Commerce, etc. She is on the advisory board of Anita Borg Institute (GraceHopper) – Women in technology. She is passionate about social causes and is actively engaged in her local community. Her other interests include long distance running and the highlight is completing OXFAM 100km and coming 3rd in the mixed group.

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  • Tilak Doddapaneni

    Engineering Director - Online Read full profile
  • Tilak is the Engineering Lead for General Merchandising Online and is responsible for design and development of features for GM Online. Tilak led the development for the initial launch of GM Online in March 2012 and since then his team has delivered multiple releases of GMO. He led his team in 2013 in a move to Agile Development Methodology and Service Oriented Architecture due to which the team has been able to deliver a higher frequency of customer releases.

    Prior to joining Tesco, Tilak had begun a Rules Engine technology firm called Nisus. He then joined Sapient Corporation as Technology Practice Lead, where he led the delivery of e-commerce sites for large retail clients.

    Tilak holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Tufts University, Boston, USA

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  • Shiva Chinnasamy

    Engineering Director - Product & Discovery Read full profile
  • Shiva Chinnasamy is Director – Engineering & Technology at Tesco Bengaluru. He is responsible for Search & Recommendation platform for

    Prior to this, he was the Global Head of Engineering – Search, Retail Intelligence & Pricing Systems at Target. He is accredited for managing enterprise capabilities for all of Target for pricing, retail intelligence, promotion and search & discovery solutions. Shiva has built and lead a team responsible for both engineering and data science capabilities and distribution across Bengaluru, Minneapolis and Sunnyvale. Prior to Target, he was senior engineering manager at Amazon, where he was Bengaluru site leader for Amazon Clicks team (~125 + member team). He also built and lead a large business operations team that managed 10 Amazon markets.

    Shiva also holds 3 US Patents to his credit. 

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