Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Bijou Kurien (BMD81) to lead IRF 2010

From The Economic Times

Nominated by Sanjiv Goenka of RPG Group and seconded jointly by Kishore Biyani of Future Group and Thomas Varghese of Aditya Birla Retail, Bijou Kurien, received support of over 200 industry leaders besides prominent global and Indian trade bodies, to lead the 7th edition of IRF and make this the biggest ever retail show in India. Aptly themed 'Get the Power', IRF 2010 promises a sharing and empowering experience with great retail minds from across the globe.

B.S. Nagesh, the immediate past chairman of the forum - Vice Chairman, Shoppers Ltd and Chairman, Retailers Association of India, in his welcome message said that while the 2009 edition of IRF effectively signaled the resurgence of retail in India, the 2010 edition, under the chairmanship of Bijou Kurien, will see world visionaries, retail captains and policy makers converging to discuss India's consumption potential and how modern retail can further stimulate and channelize this consumption and create multifaceted growth of the economy.

Emphasizing the relevance of IRF, Raj Jain, President, Walmart India said, "Retail in India is at an exciting juncture. Over the years, IRF has brought together top strategists from the retail sector to discuss and unravel best practices in retailing and supply chain development aimed at strengthening India and its economy. The forum provides a great opportunity to meet like-minded professionals bound together with similar goals and aspirations. I look forward to an eventful, insightful and inspiring session and am convinced that time spent here will contribute greatly in enhancing our retailing knowledge. Let's all join together to save people money, so they can live better."

"Modern retail has a huge potential to not only benefit from India's increasing consumption demand but also create demand for value-added products, boost local entrepreneurship, create jobs and raise income levels. At India Retail Forum let us explore how we can collaborate to create consumption demand and offer Indian consumers a better standard of living by providing better products at best prices", said India's retail major Kishore Biyani, Founder and Group CEO, Future Group.

Calling upon the entire retail fraternity to join him in extending support to Kurien in making IRF '10 a huge success, B.S. Nagesh said that IRF was all about sharing, learning and evolving together, and was recognized as a global standard conference. "IRF goes way beyond just speeches, presentations and discussions. It literally stimulates our minds, bodies and souls. I myself experience its great energy every year. I eagerly look forward to the 2010 edition of IRF, which promises to be bigger, better and busier than ever! With his unique style, his remarkable accomplishments and tremendous passion for retailing, Kurien is the ideal chairman to make this huge business, knowledge and networking platform even more relevant for the participants", he added.

Accepting the chair, Kurien said that with its conferences, exhibitions and awards, IRF continues to provide a great platform for the retail industry. With over 3,500 delegates expected to attend from all over the world, IRF 2010, provides an opportunity to meet and interact with key stakeholders in the business and also understand what is currently happening in the retail world. He said that one can learn from international visionaries and also from our peers in India, within a tightly packed two-day programme that encompasses visionary addresses, CEO power tracks, motivational sessions and workshops.

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