Shoppers Stop Ltd has announced the appointment of Venu Nair as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective November 6, 2020 to lead the next phase of expansion.
The Chairman of the Company, BS Nagesh, said, “I am delighted to welcome Venu as Managing Director and CEO. Venu has an exceptional leadership track record, strong international exposure, deep strategic expertise, and proven experience of driving transformation and managing technological disruption, which is the need of the hour. We believe that Venu is the right person to lead Shoppers in this critical phase and its next phase of growth.”
Venu, is an International Retail Leader with 27 years of rich and varied experience in the Retail & Apparel Industry across South Asia & Europe and presently, operating as CEO of Westside at Trent Limited. Prior to Westside, Venu was the MD of Marks & Spencer Reliance Pvt Ltd. In his earlier tenures, he has held Leadership roles with various corporate like Marks & Spencer Plc, Madura Garments and Arvind Mills.
Shoppers Stop unveiled the second leg to its iconic EyeStoppers 2020 event
Shoppers Stop enthralled its audience with a series of videos attempting at breaking stereotypical beauty standards and perceptions. Their pop culture show #StopTheBias was the second leg to their talent show property, EyeStoppers 2020. While the judges deliberated and handpicked their favorites from more than 2350 entries from the talent show held last week, Shoppers Stop kept their audiences at the edge of their seat with Live shows with leading brands and a series of videos with reputed influencers in the likes of Sushant Divgikar, Supriya Joshi, Anmol Rodriguez, and TRRAIN.
In the larger sense, beauty is defined in a certain manner and must follow specific norms. The idea of beauty varies from culture to culture; however, we are trying to break this stereotype and use makeup as a form of expression and creativity. Through the videos, the influencers and role models break through this clutter and stand out for who they really are with beautiful representations from different walks of life.
Sharing her thoughts, Uma Talreja, Customer Care Associate, Chief Marketing and Customer Officer, Shoppers Stop Ltd, said, “The beauty industry has seen a shift during the pandemic. Lipsticks have dominated the segment but with the wearing of masks, the focus has shifted. Indian culture has been deep rooted in the use of eye makeup and eye art, and there is plenty of cultural context that has been amplified in Bollywood and many other occasions. During the pandemic, we believe that eye makeup can open the doors to artistry and creativity in makeup and give women a feel-good factor while they wear a mask. We have seen over 2350 entries in a week of very elaborate videos and the effort taken by each participant in creating their designs and looks is truly exciting.”
Shoppers Stop’s #StopTheBias series is an attempt at promoting this positivity and creativity in each and everyone. The brand applauds the brave people who carved a niche for themselves against all odds. In addition to this, the best brands like M.A.C Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown, Colorbar, Maybelline New York, MyGlamm, Lakmé, and Givenchy hosted live shows on unique tutorials.
Moreover, Beauty Advisors are now available on WhatsApp to service the loyal customers. In an industry first, these Beauty Advisors will offer virtual shopping assistance. Customers can consult a Beauty Advisor on a WhatsApp call and choose products from the store or catalogue. They can buy them via a safe and secure SMS link and have them delivered to their home in a quick and safe manner.