William Penn, India’s premier destination for the finest writing instruments and lifestyle accessories, announced the appointment of Gokulnath Subramanian as its Chief Business Officer. He will be responsible for driving business growth and delivering scale at William Penn.
Subramanian has over a decade of rich experience in leadership roles, including Head – Strategic Partnerships, Udaan, Brand Head – Mebaz, and Retail Head – Creyate, Arvind Ltd. His vision for William Penn is to create a multi-channel house of brands for accessories as well as develop in-house brands.
Nikhil Ranjan, MD, William Penn, said, “We are delighted to welcome Gokulnath Subramanian to the leadership team. With his remarkable experience and our aligned vision, I’m confident that William Penn will scale new heights. As we celebrate 20 years of embarking on the journey to becoming India’s premier destination for fine writing instruments and lifestyle accessories, we are all set to expand our world-class product portfolio across markets to deliver memorable customer experiences.”
Gokulnath Subramanian, Chief Business Officer, William Penn, said, “I am excited to join William Penn at such a significant phase of its growth journey. There’s tremendous potential for this exceptional company to not only continue its stellar evolution but also to create greater value in consumers’ lives. I look forward to working with the team to meet the company vision of bringing the world’s finest writing instruments and lifestyle accessories to India.”
Subramanian is a gold medallist, with an MBA in Retail from Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida. A fan of the Indian Railways, he enjoys traveling, trekking, and home gardening.
Started in 2002 as a stationery store in Bengaluru, William Penn has evolved into India’s finest exclusive outlet for lifestyle accessories and writing instruments from renowned global brands. Earlier this year, William Penn acquired Sheaffer, the 110-year-old iconic American pen company. The Bengaluru-based company has taken over Sheaffer’s manufacturing, marketing, and retailing in over 70 countries.
As the only Indian player in the organized sector of fine writing instruments with a national footprint, William Penn offers a curated range of trusted products that appeal to B2B as well as B2C customers.