Myntra, a leading online fashion & lifestyle retailer, recently appointed Manpreet Ratia as its chief people officer and head of new initiatives. In his new role, Ratia will drive key HR functions, focussing on talent acquisition and retention for various levels and verticals. He will also drive new business initiatives, to help strengthen and grow the company’s leadership position in the online fashion industry.
An alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, Ratia comes with over 20 years of leadership experience in domains such as financial services and e-commerce in India not just India alone, but also Asia and the United States. His track record boasts of building businesses, turnarounds and creating value and unique experiences for customers. He is also known for his collaborative leadership style and a penchant for new technologies in order to create differentiation.
He joins Myntra from Amazon (India), where he was director and head of Last Mile Operations. Prior to Amazon, Ratia spent over seven years with Citibank, where he was managing director and Asia COO for the Citi Treasury and Trade business based in Hong Kong. He spent over eight years with GE —in a variety of leadership roles in India, US and Asia— in human resources, Six Sigma and business development. Earlier in his career, he has also been associated with Nestle India and Oberoi Hotels among others.
Welcoming Ratia on board, Ananth Narayanan, CEO, Myntra says, “With the diverse experience that Ratia brings, he will further strengthen the management team and further build Myntra’s young, meritocratic and open work culture, taking it to the next level. His understanding of the e-commerce business and appreciation of innovative technologies will help Myntra drive new business initiatives and bring delight to consumers.”
Speaking on his new assignment, Ratia said, “I’m eagerly looking forward to be a part of the Myntra family, especially at a time when the leading e-tailer is in its next phase of rapid growth. Myntra is popularly known as the preferred destination for fashion and lifestyle and is constantly exploring ways of enhancing customer experience. With an experience in building businesses across diverse markets, I would be more than happy to further strengthen and motivate Myntra’s workforce and lead new business initiatives to create desired value for consumers and stakeholders.”
Ratia, who is an MBA in HR from XLRI, Jamshedpur, graduated from GE’s John F Welch Centre of Advanced Management Education, at Crottonville, New York. He also has a certification in International Cash Management from the Association of Corporate Treasures, UK and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.