Mr Vinod Sawhny, Joint President, Enterprise Services, Bharti Airtel Ltd, who commenced his career with Bharati more than four years ago, will be heading the operations of Bharati Retail (P) Limited. Vinod began his career as the Chief Executive Officer of Bharati’s mobile operations in the Northern Region.
“We are delighted at the appointment of Vinod Sawhny as the Head of Bharti’s retail operations. Vinod has always been a major asset for Bharti and over the years contributed immensely in various capacities. I wish him all the best in his new role,” said Sunil Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director of the Bharati Group, while announcing the appointment.
It may be recalled that Bharati has earlier allied with the world’s biggest retailer Walmart to set up retail business in India. While the front-end operations of this business, comprising different store formats like Hypermarkets, Super Centres and Neighbourhood Stores, will be owned and managed by Bharati, the back-end operations of the business, like supply chain, logistics and ‘cash & carry’ Sam’s Clubs, will be owned and managed by the two partners jointly.
As reported earlier, Walmart has already appointed Raj Jain, an old HLL/ Whirpool hand to handle its India business.