Sanjay Behl


Co-founder of Nextqore. CEO Indian Operations and EVP Global Brand & Marketing.

Was the CEO of Raymond in his last assignment during 2013 to 2020 – responsible for leading India’s fully integrated leading Textile and Apparel conglomerate (Lifestyle) with a dominant presence in India and global footprint with offices in USA, Europe, Africa and Middle East. Responsible for an annual turnover of USD 1 Bn and leading an on-rolls employee strength of over 20,000 people, including 10 manufacturing units and 1500 exclusive retail stores in 600 cities across India and Global markets.

Successfully led the transformation of a legacy iconic textile manufacturing behemoth in India fast losing relevance – to becoming a leading & profitable fashion retail company over the last 7 years. Featured in Business World ‘Most Valuable CEOs in India 2019’.

Prior to Raymond, had an 8-year engagement with Reliance Group in diverse functional, strategic and business leadership roles – ranging from providing a unique corporate identity to the new Reliance Group (ADAG), to leading a unified brand core across diverse industries (telecom, financial services, media, infra etc.) to launch & commercial scale-up of satellite television business for the group and managing customer operations for wireless telecom & broadband business of the group.

Spent 2 years at Nokia (2004-05) as head of brand, product, marketing and retail operations for Nokia Mobile Phones during the growth phase of wireless telephony in India.

Started the professional working career in in 1993 on completion of MBA as a Management Trainee with Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) in ‘Sales & Marketing’. Served the organisation for over 10-years in sales, brand and marketing assignments in India, Asia-Pacific and Global markets.

Very active in many industry forums in India. Current Chairman of CII HR & Leadership National Council. Board Advisor to a ‘body measurement digital technology’ company Mirrorsize.

Sanjay is an Indian citizen. He graduated from IIT-BHU Varanasi in 1990 and did MBA from Sydenham Mumbai in 1993.

Wife and Sons – Wife works as an eye surgeon and has her own private clinic in Mumbai. She is also a consultant ophthalmologist at a few leading hospitals. Elder Son is 25 years of age and works at Tata Enterprise Electronic Goods Retail Venture ‘Croma’ in their marketing team. Younger Son is 13 years and is a student at Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai.

Passionate about cricket and follow the game religiously. Have been doing yoga and meditation regularly over the last few years. Also do reading and painting in my leisure time.