Jayant Kochar is one of the most experienced professionals in the Indian retail industry. He started his career with a long and successful stint with automobile major Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, then pioneered the entry of organized retail in India by launching the French apparel brand LACOSTE as MD of the Indian manufacturing and marketing licensee. Lacoste is probably the only international brand that made profits in India from it’s very first year of operations, and his teams opened more than 50 Lacoste Boutiques across the country.
He created not just a great brand, but an entirely new category when he conceptualized and built the pioneering chain of espresso bars in India – Barista. Since then, he has played a key role in creating or developing various other retail brands as a professional, an entrepreneur, or a mentor / advisor. He has also led the Images Group – a retail intelligence organization that conducted the India Retail Forum and other leading retail expo’s and conferences.
Jayant now heads India’s leading retail consulting practice called GO FISH – focused on improving profitability of retailers, and guiding their digital / on-line expansion. A passionate and hands-on individual, Jayant’s refreshing viewpoints and out of the box presentation style have made him a sought after conference speaker and a widely published and highly respected thought leader.