PRAVEEN VARINDANI (1997 – Textile Chemistry)
Praveen Varindani is currently working as Director, South Asia in Columbia Sportswear Company. Columbia is world’s leading outdoor brand headquartered in Portland, US. A company with a portfolio of 4 brands offers apparel and footwear and has a mission “To connect active people with their passions”. Praveen heads the sourcing operation covering various offices in the subcontinent exporting apparel worth USD 200mn annually.
Praveen’s corporate journey began with an apparel manufacturing house in Delhi. His role assuming complete accountability of customer management and business growth. He was groomed in areas of marketing, production, costing, customer service and supply chain. With global exposure beckoning, he moved to Durban in mid-2004 being responsible for apparel business development with retail chains in South Africa while sourcing from China and Indonesia. An extensive travel during this 3 year stint helped him understand various country cultures, its people and nuances of varied business practices. Praveen moved to Columbia in Jan 2007 in a merchandising role based in India and over the years he has contributed towards increasing profitability through efficient source base management, thoughtful price negotiations and successful trouble shooting. He has spearheaded several corporate initiatives which includes building effective and lean processes in areas like costing, product development, capacity management and commercialization.
Praveen believes that having an ‘appetite to learn’ and an ‘ongoing drive to improve’ has helped him immensely but attributes his success to collective efforts of many wonderful people he has worked with.
Praveen has keen interest in sports and follows most of them. Apart from playing tennis, watching movies and listening to music, he loves spending time with his two adorable daughters.