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Team Starkenn

Starkenn core team is a unique blend of people who are keen and passionate cyclists coupled with a rich experience in the Indian bicycle industry. Each of our team members bring on board their own expertise. Team Starkenn is armed with the marketing muscle and domain expertise that is crucial for ensuring success in the growing premium bicycle market in India. Our team is our greatest asset and a source of strength. It is our vital ammunition to tap hidden opportunities while changing the face of the bicycle industry.

Pravin V Patil

MD & CEO

Starkenn Sports Pvt. Ltd is headed by a dynamic professional and a passionate cyclist.

Pravin is on board of the company as Managing Director of Starkenn Sports Pvt. Ltd. An avid cyclist, who is eager to get on to the saddle at the first opportunity - his love for cycling triggered the creation of Starkenn Sports.

In the recent past he was President of the then world’s largest bicycle company where he was responsible for the Premium Bikes business. He has an in-depth experience of close to two decades working with both the Government as well as the corporate sector. He has worked in various ministries like Ministry of Heavy Industries & PSE, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and Ministry of Coal. Among the Corporate Sector, he has unmatched experience in diverse areas like Sales, Service, Operations, Retail, Sourcing and Product Planning. He has been in the leadership position across functions for some of India’s largest business conglomerates like the Aditya Birla Group, Reliance Group, Tata Group and the Hero Group.

Shrikant Badve

Director

Shrikant is a first generation entrepreneur, who has built Badve Engineering Ltd (BEL) making BEL as one of the most preferred OE supplier for some of the largest brands in India like Bajaj Auto, Honda, Royal Enfield, Mahindra and Tata Motors to name a few. Since the past 25 years, Badve Engineering has developed strong competencies in metal processing, surface treatment, plastic processing, plastic paint shop and state of the art metal paint shop. With an annual turnover of 208.33 Million Euro (about Rs 1000 crore), the company has been able to double its turnover every 3 years.

Highly focused and strong customer oriented business processes have been the key drivers of growth at BEL and is now doing the same for Starkenn. Being a graduate Engineer in Electronics and Telecommunication, Shrikant brings his rich expertise and domain experience to Starkenn Sports providing a sound platform for backward integration. Shrikant is a member of the board of directors at Starkenn Sports Pvt. Ltd.

Rajiv Chhibar

Vice President – Sales & Business Development

Rajiv heads sales & business development functions at Starkenn Sports. With a rich experience of over two decades mostly in the Bicycle Industry, his thorough domain knowledge and a pan India exposure of the bicycle market are his biggest assets. He is a known and well-respected name across the bicycle trade and channel in India.

Rajiv has the distinction of having worked with two of the largest bicycle manufacturers in India. Starting his career in the front line sales and growing to head the sales function with stints in brand management & marketing, his success in leading large teams in some of the toughest markets goes to his credit. His passion for bicycling and deep domain expertise led to his active role in the founding of Starkenn Sports.

He has served leadership positions across functions for some of India’s largest business conglomerates like the Murugappa group and the Hero Group.

Gautam Dalal

Vice President – Marketing & Brand

Gautam heads Marketing & Brand management function in Starkenn Sports. Armed with close to one and half decade of experience in various positions in Marketing & Sales, Gautam has had an opportunity to work with some of the best brands in their respective segments in India across industries like Consumer Electronics, Bicycles, Visual & Print Media.

Gautam began his career in the Consumer Electronics Industry. He then moved over to head the Marketing function of the second largest player in the Indian Bicycle Industry which triggered his urge to bring in the best international bicycling practices leading to creation of a Super brand). He then moved to Visual Media as Head Marketing & Activation Sales and his last assignment was head of marketing with a leading newspaper group.

Gautam served leadership position across functions for some of India’s largest business conglomerates like Philips Electronics, Murugappa group, Reliance (ADAG) and the Essel Group.


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