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Vaitheeswaran K

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K Vaitheeswaran’s experience in online retail is almost as old as online retail in India” -Economic Times, July 2011 “K Vaitheeswaran is the father of e-commerce in India” India Retail Forum, September 2011 “K Vaitheeswaran: Pioneering Online Business in India” - Hindustan Times, September 2012 K Vaitheeswaran, often referred to as the “father of e-commerce in India” is the founder & CEO of Indiaplaza.com He is a serial entrepreneur in the Indian retail industry and is an internet industry veteran who pioneered the e-commerce industry in India when he co-founded India’s first internet retail company in 1999. In 2001 he co-founded Fabmall – India’s first integrated offline and online retail company. While www.fabmall.om was the leading Indian internet retailer, the Fabmall chain of grocery stores went on to become a leading brand in the Indian organized retail industry and was subsequently acquired by the Aditya Birla Group and later re-branded as the More chain of stores. In 2007, his company www.fabmall.com acquired the US based Indiaplaza.com and launched the Indiaplaza brand as the leading online shopping and gifting destination for Indians worldwide. In December 2012, he was listed in the Digital Power 100 list of most influential people in the Indian digital space by exchange4media. He serves on the CII National Committee for Marketing for the period 2012-13, is a charter member of TiE Bangalore and also serves on the e-commerce committees of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry), IAMAI (Internet & Mobile association of India) and the RAI (Retail association of India). K Vaitheeswaran is a regular speaker on internet, e-commerce, digital and consumer marketing related subjects at various industry forums and management institutes across India. His other interests include reading and passionately following the fortunes of the Indian cricket team. He can be reached on vaithee@indiaplaza.in. K Vaitheeswaran holds an electronics engineering degree from Government College of Engineering, Tirunelveli affiliated to the Anna University. He began his career in 1985 with Murugappa Electronics (part of the Murugappa & Parry Group) wherein he was responsible for sales and later product management of Test & Measuring Instruments. He then spent 10 years in Wipro Infotech (1989-99) where he held various positions in sales, marketing and business planning of Computers & Peripherals.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, March 7

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