Rajeev Gopalakrishnan has been elevated as President – Asia-Pacific market, Bata India said. His tenure as managing director of the company ended on September 30, 2021, said a regulatory filing by Bata India.
“Further, w.e.f. the end of business hours on that day, Gopalakrishnan also ceases to be a director in the company and shall take over his role as President – Asia-Pacific market at Bata Global Group level,” it said.
In May this year, Bata had announced the appointment of Gunjan Shah, former chief commercial officer of Britannia Industries, as its new chief executive officer.
He took over from Sandeep Kataria, who was elevated as Global CEO of Bata Brands in November last year.
In a separate filing, Bata India on Thursday updated Shah’s designation as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company.
A Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kerala, his successful run at Bata started over 26 years ago and covered many key roles in almost every part of the world.
Testament to his numerous contributions are various prestigious honours conferred upon him like the ‘EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015’ and India’s Most Trusted CEO 2017’ by World Consulting & Research Corporation (WCRC).
A self-driven professional, Gopalakrishnan has taken Bata India on a high growth trajectory. With his strategic bent of mind and ability to spot opportunities, he has articulated and percolated a vision to make Bata India the most admired name in branded footwear and accessories Industry.
He believes in people and focuses on building relationships with internal and external stakeholders of the organization