Managing Director, Genesis Group
A banker turned entrepreneur, Sanjay entered the Indian fashion retail Industry in the mid 90s and gets substantial credit for leading to the corporatization of the industry in India. He co-founded Genesis Colors in 2001 and today the company has had several rounds of private equity investments from key PE firms such as Sequoia, L-capital, Henderson, Mayfield and SVB posting an average CAGR of approximately 30%.
Sanjay’s vision has expanded Genesis into a fashion conglomerate that is leaving no area of fashion retail unchartered, its footprints span across 20 Indian cities through a network of more than 100 stand alone stores and an employee strength of more than 2000.
Under the leadership of Sanjay, Genesis has brought in some the best premium and luxury labels from across the globe via marketing and distribution or Joint Venture arrangements into India. These include Burberry, Canali, Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Armani Jeans, Armani Exchange, Paul Smith, Bottega Veneta, Hugo Boss, Jimmy Choo, Tumi, Furla, Michael Kors, Coach, G Star RAW and Villeroy & Boch. Genesis also owns the premium fashion label Satya Paul, best known for its iconic prints and for taking the Indian Sari to the world, and the premium lingerie label Bwitch.
Sanjay studied at Raffles Institution in Singapore and then DPS and SRCC in New Delhi and did his MBA from the University of Rochester, New York. Post that he worked at Citibank in the Singapore and India offices before starting his own business.
Apart from his busy business schedules, he is equally active on the philanthopic front. He has time and again supported causes which help people realize their potential. Some of the causes he has supported are Salaam Balak Trust, Agamya (for underprivileged children) and Etasha (for disadvantaged Indian youth) and done charitable events for Pratham (USA) and TATA Memorial hospital.
Sanjay is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE) and is a recipient of several awards for his innovative initiatives in fashion retailing. He also supports entrepreneurship and has several angel investments in the consumer and technology space.
He is the chairman of the CII task force on Luxury & Lifestyle and a regular speaker at industry forums across the globe.
Sanjay currently lives in New Delhi and unwinds with a long run even after the most grueling of workdays. He is an enthusiastic marathoner and an avid collector of art.