“It is never late to become an entrepreneur.”- Hemchandra Javeri
In this episode, Ashutosh Garg engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Hemchandra Javeri, Founder and Chairman, Zeven Sports. Hemchandra was the country head of Nike. He is an alumnus of IIM-Calcutta. He is passionate about golf, scuba diving, and music.
Hemchandra shares the three key milestones of his life. He tells what motivated him to quit the fruitful corporate career and become an entrepreneur. He says why he chose to stay in India even though he had a choice to work abroad.
Hemchandra talks about Zeven, his startup in sportswear and accessories. To build a brand, he says, staying true to the customers is key. He analyzes the predominance of cricket over other sports in India. He shares his thoughts about how to develop the ecosystem of other sports in our country. Later, he analyzes the impact of the digital world and e-commerce on sports brands. He shares the progress of Zeven so far as a brand.
Hemchandra opines about how the millennials are altering the sports business. The corporate maestro defines success in a unique way. He shares insights about how to rethink business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hemchandra Javeri, Founder & Chairman, Zeven Sports and Co-founder and MD, Forum Synergies (India) PE Fund Managers
A 35+ year track record:
+Created significant shareholder value by building new businesses, transforming large companies and as an active investor
+Created and built world class consumer brands
+Leveraged disruptive technology and innovation
+Built large omni-channel distribution including complex retail networks
+Inspired, nurtured and built passionate teams
+Pioneered innovations in mobile/internet businesses
+Created one of India’s first PE fund managers with a hands on investment philosophy, Strengths are consumer businesses and unique India experience with global perspectives.
*Since 2016: Founder Chairman, Zeven Sports, an inspirational sports brand committed to making a billion Indians play sport. Zeven offers world class performance footwear, apparel and accessories at affordable prices, for products made for India. The long term vision is of building a valuable global cricket brand. (zevenworld.com)
*Since 2008: Co-founder and Managing Director, Forum Synergies (India) PE Fund Managers, a unique independent fund manager, whose philosophy is to be actively involved in helping small/mid-sized companies deliver high growth and create significant value. The first fund has seen profitable exits. (forumsynergies.com)
*International Advisory Board Member, CD Numancia de Soria, a La Liga football club.
*Member of global organisations CEO, YPO
*Founder and Managing Trustee, Hasmukh Kala Foundation, which helps transform lives of less fortunate young women by music and the performing arts.
*Alumni; Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIMC); Sydenham College, Mumbai.
*Actively mentors CEOs, entrepreneurs, and passionate young people.
*A golfer, scuba diver and trained in Hindustani Classical music.
*Chairman, Fashion Alliance of India, industry body of the fashion industry, 2004 to 2007.
*President, Madura Garments (A V Birla group), 2003 through 2007; successfully turned it around to profitability, charted its $ 1 billion growth strategy and made it India’s largest lifestyle apparel company.
*Country Head, South Asia, NIKE Inc; set up the Nike India company in 2000 and built the foundations of Nike, specifically retail networks, brand building and product development.
*Prior; long and successful innings in senior sales and marketing roles with McDowell and Co Ltd (now Diageo India) and Wipro Consumer Products.