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Talking Tech: Rajgopal Nayak, CTO, Metro Brands Ltd.

In the modern world that we live in, life is incomplete without technology. Laptops, mobile phones, tablets are all extensions of personal ourselves. And it’s no different in as far as running companies is concerned.

Such is the importance of a technological set up that companies – big and small – have dedicated entire departments to them, hiring top-notch experts as Chief Information Officers to guide them into the new tech-driven age.

Over the years, the role of the CIO has morphed from backroom IT employ to becoming strategic partners, taking a place alongside their C-suite peers, driving innovation and revenue-generation with their unique skill sets.

In this special feature, IMAGES Business of Fashion showcases the torchbearers of retail technology. This week, the spotlight is on… Rajgopal Nayak, CTO, Metro Brands Ltd.

Chief Technology Officer at Metro Brands Limited, Rajgopal Nayak is a seasoned and accomplished IT professional with over 20 years of diverse experience in strategic planning, business solutions, digital adoption, and customer relationship management across retail, FMCG, paint and heavy engineering industries. He has successfully delivered transformation projects at Metro Brands Ltd, Asian Paints Ltd, Marico Limited and Larsen & Toubro. An avid runner and fitness enthusiast, he says his curiosity always drives him to learn more.

He is a motivated leader & communicator who inspires and promote trust, cohesion & project engagement across all the levels of stakeholders including executives, team members, vendors & key decision makers.

His Roles & Responsibilities at the company include Strategic planning, Business analysis, Project management, IT governance, Systems development, Application development, Vendor management, Customer relationship management and Team management.

Career History & Experience

Metro Brands Limited (formerly Metro Shoes Limited): CTO, May 2020- present

Marico Limited: Head- Business Applications & PMO (Mar 2016 – Mar 2020)

Asian Paints Limited: Chief Manager, Systems Development (April 2010-Mar 2016); Senior Manager, Systems Development (April 2007- March 2010); Systems Executive
(April 2002- March 2007)

Larsen and Toubro Limited: Graduate Engineer Trainee (June 1997- June 1999)

Nayak completed his graduation in B.E. Chemical Engineering from the University of Mumbai. He then went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Software Technology from the  National Centre of Software Technology from Mumbai and topped it up with another degree from the Indian Institute of Management.

He says he wants to have a career in sports – “may be Badminton or Athletics”. He also says he wants to travel the world in order to live and experience different cultures, styles of living, habitats, food, and varied other experiences.

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