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Tech icon of the week: Anil Shankar, Shoppers Stop

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IndiaRetailing brings you a series on India’s key retail tech icons. Featuring Anil Shankar, Chief Information Officer at Shoppers Stop this week

New Delhi: Today’s CIO must know how to leverage technology to create value for the business. No longer are CIOs department heads of a support function, they are in the driver’s seat and need to be more than just subject-matter experts. According to International Data Group (IDG)’s “State of the CIO Study 2022,” 58 percent of workers outside of IT describe their company’s CIO as a “strategic advisor who proactively identifies business opportunities and makes recommendations.”

In this special feature, India Retailing showcases the torchbearers of retail technology. This week, the spotlight is on….

Anil Shankar

Anil Shankar is rated as one of the most prevalent industry experts with an experience of over 25 years in the fi eld of information technology deployment, majorly in the retail and hospitality sector. Specialised in areas such as technology strategy, digital adoption, technology led transformation, large business system implementation, process improvement, information security, IT services delivery, spend management and team building, he has helped many companies and brands grow and develop business. He has managed various leadership roles and has extensive experience in strategy, design, implementation, and support of large technology and business transformation initiatives.

Roles & Responsibilities
– Technology strategy
– Digital adoption
– Technology-led transformation,
– Process improvement
– Information security
– Spend management

Education
– Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Senior Leader’s Programme, Business Administration and Management
2008
– Berhampur University
BA Economics
1989-1991

Skills
– Project management
– Program management
– Change management
– Team building
– Team leadership
– SAP implementation

Career History & Experience
– Shoppers Stop
CIO & VP
April 2015- 2022
Sr. General Manager
April 2010- March 2015
General Manager
April 2007- March 2010
– Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited
Sr. Officer – Systems
Apr 1994 – May 1999

This article first appeared in the November 2022 edition of Images Retail.

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