Ankur Damani has over 16 years' experience in leading International & Indian brands across varied categories from athleisure, sport and fashion to golf, luggage, handbags, and cookware in the Indian subcontinent. A seasoned and accomplished professional in the retail industry, he is adept in launching and scaling up consumer brands across channels with a strong exposure to global best practices and international markets.
He completed B. Com (Hons) from St Xavier's College Kolkata, and subsequently MBA (Marketing) from IMT Ghaziabad.
He was recruited from campus by Reebok where he spent 5 years across retail operations, sales, key account management, developing new business verticals and expanding into new channels and geographies.
His next stint was with Callaway Golf as Business Head where he led the Lifestyle and Corporate Sales business, successfully launching the brand in the golf channel, followed by exclusive & multi brand stores, E-commerce and initiated marketing collaborations with Mercedes, BMW, Hindustan Times, American Express and other leading corporates. He then worked with VIP Industries building the Retail & Modern Trade channel.
Currently Mr. Damani is the Country Head for the legendary French luxury cookware brand Le Creuset responsible for the Indian subcontinent, a feat that he achieved at a young age of 31 years. He launched the brand in India through FDI in retail, opening retail stores in premium Malls and expanding the brand in wholesale, e-commerce, hospitality, and corporate channels, collaborating with Celebrity Chefs, Influencers, TV shows, Luxury Hotels & Restaurants.
Mr. Damani has been a part of the Admissions Panel at IMT Ghaziabad. He has conducted retail training as a guest faculty for MBA colleges, the Retailers Association of India (RAI), has been a speaker at colleges and various industry forums.