Arun Gupta Quits Shoppers Stop, Joins Cipla
Gupta has worked in the pharma domain in the past as well as Senior Director - Business Technology at Pfizer India.
Gupta has worked in the pharma domain in the past as well as Senior Director – Business Technology at Pfizer India, where he was a part of the India leadership team and Asia IT Strategy team. During his 3.5 years stint with the pharma company he helped define their IT outsourcing strategy and creation of Shared Service Centers, contributing to substantial savings and improvements to the global organisation.
Gupta’s exit from Shoppers Stop along with the retail chain’s CFO comes amidst media reports on belt-tightening and cost cutting measures being undertaken by the retail companies to stay profitable. Recent past has witnessed various senior level exits in the retail sector, including some top honchos at the Future Group.
Gupta is known in the industry and peer circles for putting technology to best use to drive business value. Gupta has aligned business & IT as few CIOs have and is today recognised not just as a CIO, but as a business thought leader, given his unique contributions to technology usage in India's retail sector. In fact, he has also dabbled on the business side at Shoppers Stop where he had an additional charge of running the F&B business operations as its Business Head for several months.
Along with the Group CTO responsibilities, he also handled the additional role of Group CIO at K Raheja Corp spanning across Construction, Hospitality and other business units of the group.
Gupta has over 28 years of experience spanning across a diverse range of verticals, including electronics, pharma, communications, logistics, finance, and real estate. He has worked with Philips Electronics, Pfizer, DSP Merrill Lynch, DHL Worldwide Express, Hughes Telecom to name a few.
A voracious writer on business IT issues, Gupta has been known to actively voice his opinion and insights on the business aspect of IT. He is a prolific speaker in many CIO and business leadership forums and has been honored with awards for many a pioneering Business IT implementations. Most recently, Biztech2.com conferred Gupta with the ‘CIO Of The Year’ award for his contributions.