Yashovardhan Gupta (Computer Science Engineer; MBA, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad) is an upcoming business leader of India. A recipient of the Torchbearer award and with global experience in Mergers and Acquisitions, Yash has worked in Indonesia, China, Mongolia and Europe, before returning to India to help grow the manufacturing base of the country. Yash founded Torero Corporation, which gained global admiration when it bagged the “Exclusive Global License for Cross Leather Accessories” in 2012. Cross being a listed company, Torero Corporation received widespread media acclaim in the US. This was the first instance when an Indian company managed to get the Exclusive Global license for a 170 year old American listed brand, also famous as the official writing instrument of the White House. Torero has grown from strength to strength and has a young, aggressive team, who have won the admiration of consumers and retailers alike for launching a critically acclaimed Cross Leather Accessories collection, now being sold in more than 40 countries. The Grabado Tech+ wallet, an integral part of the Cross leather accessories 2015 collection recently won the famous Red Dot Design Award 2015 for Product Design. In his spare time, Yash advises budding entrepreneurs, and was recently invited to MIT ( Massachusetts institute of Technology, Boston) to lecture on Operations for Entrepreneurs.
Rajesh Gupta B.A., M.A. (Political Science) is a one of the most dynamic leaders of the leather industry in Eastern India. Rajesh Gupta has been in the leather business since 1988, and his company, Metropoli Fashions (A Star Export House) has been consistently ranked as among the highest quality manufacturer, in India. For 3 years in a row, Metropoli has won the award of the “Top Exporter”, given by CLE. With a turnover of more than 12 Million USD, touted to exceed 15 Million in FY 14-15, Metropoli is a valuable earner of foreign exchange in the SME sector. Metropoli has also garnered praise for its labour friendly policies, and provides employment to thousands of families.
Varun is a seasoned Operations Leader, with leadership experience across a wide variety of sectors. Varun’s diverse experience spans start-ups to mid-sized to Fortune 50 organizations. His expertise lies in the areas of Process Design, Operations Management, Project Management, and Client Servicing. He enjoys challenging work assignments and has a passion to learn and implement Global Best Practices in every company and role he works for. He holds a Graduate degree in Commerce and a Post Graduate degree in Management from the prestigious Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He has also attended high profile Executive Development Programs at the Indian School of Business.
At Torero, Varun’s role involves building world class operations within Torero, with Profitability, ROI & Cash Flow as Goals; and with (1) Talent Management, (2) MNC Grade Processes & (3) New Age Technology as the cornerstones. In the last two years, Torero has made big progress in moving to an ERP Platform, instituting a Competency Development Framework, developing a ready-for-growth Organization Design, adopting Metrics Based Performance Management, and developing a Quality Management System. Above all, Torero has successfully created a culture of High Performance, Customer Service & Continuous Improvement.
Pedro, one of the first leather accessory or marroquinerie craftsman to capitalize on the massive demand of Spanish made leather accessories, rose fast to become one of the largest leather accessories producers in Andalucía, Spain. Manufacturing for some of the biggest brands in the world, Pedro’s firm, Marroquineria became known as among the highest quality leather accessories producers in the world. A skilled craftsman himself, Pedro invented and patented numerous leather accessory items, such as the traditional Spanish coin pouch, to the new, apple approved premium leather phone cases. His firm, is also a feted design house and continues to design collections for some of the biggest leather accessories companies in the world.