Gibson G. Vedamani retail enthusiast and former CEO, Retailers’ Association of India (RAI), Mumbai.Gibson G. Vedamani holds a PhD in retail management (from Symbiosis International University, Pune). He is Founder and Partner, Retail Solutions and Learning Technologies LLP, Mumbai. He is the former founding CEO of Retailers’ Association of India (RAI). He has played a key role in establishing RAI in India as the country’s recognized professional retail body. He has shared the ‘Great Indian Retailing Story’ in many conferences and forums including the ones hosted by National Retail Federation, USA, and Columbia Chamber of Commerce, South America.
Dr Vedamani currently serves as a Director on the Board of Gem and Jewellery Skill Council of India as an NSDC nominee. He also sits on the boards of a few companies as Non-executive/ Independent Director besides being a Trustee/Advisory Board Member of a few educational and higher educational institutions. Before his tenure as CEO of RAI, he served in leadership positions in Reliance Webstore, Piramyd Retail, Bhojsons (Nigeria), Shoppers Stop, Bata India, Aurofood and Godrej Consumer Products.
An author and writer on topical retailing, Dr Vedamani has also published two more books on retailing and many articles in reputed newspapers, journals and magazines. He is passionate about teaching retail management, and he is a guest faculty at the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai, GRD Institute of Management, Coimbatore, and Christ Institute of Management, Pune. He is the recipient of the Dewang Mehta Award for the best teacher in retail management, FICCI’s Retailers’ Retailer Award and IBS Award for the best contribution to the retail sector in India