Nilesh Ved, Chairman and Founder of the retail conglomerate Apparel Group, is a very well renowned name in the retail fashion industry. As a great visionary embodying deep passion for the retail business, he has been instrumental in establishing the brand “Apparel Group” and “Club Apparel” and also inculcating the values that the brand represents. This dynamic leader enforces the superior quality standards of S.P.E.E.D. (the “Apparel Group” Quality Policy) representing the acronym with the crucial elements of Service, Productivity, Efficiency, Effectiveness and Dedication. It’s not just the corporate philosophy but his personal credibility too that has helped him achieve his vision of partnering with popular western brands and bringing them to the Middle East.
A market leader in the burgeoning Middle East retail fraternity, the Apparel Group had modest beginning in Dubai in the year 1996 with its first store at Bur Juman Centre. Today the Group boasts of a global presence that has expanded its retail footprint across 14 countries spanning over four continents with over fifty international brands of repute from the US, UK, Canada, Mainland Europe and the Far East Asia. Tim Hortons, Aldo, Nine West, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole, The Children’s Place, Aeropostale, Charles & Keith, Inglot, Dune, Naturalizer, Skechers are amongst the famous few. The Apparel Group has over 800 stores across the globe and team strength of over 7,000 colleagues.
The Group’s presence on the global map includes the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, India, Russia, Poland, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand & Malaysia. The expansion plan includes new markets in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Pakistan, Egypt, Philippines & the African continent.
Nilesh has been committed to the development of the UAE and the Gulf Region as the shopper’s paradise by enriching the retail market. His stupendous achievements in just about a decade were recognized with the prestigious awards of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award, Dubai Quality Appreciation Award 2009, Dubai Human Development Appreciation Award, Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the IIFA, Mumbai and the Young Business Achievers Award from Masala!
Bringing new management credo at work, Nilesh believes in investing well in his greatest asset – his team at the Apparel Group. He believes that it’s the human capital that has played a vital role in enriching the brand and taking it from strength to strength.
He is also strongly committed to the cause and purpose of executing a meaningful Corporate Social Responsibility. “For an enterprise to fulfill its social responsibility it must introduce a process that integrates social, environmental and humane concerns into their business operations and core strategy and to be driven forward with the personal commitment of the management and stakeholders.” At corporate level, Apparel Group is dedicated towards spreading awareness on Autism and has partnered with Dubai Autism Center with the aim to increase public awareness and promote a better understanding about autism and its impact on families, with a special focus on the role of the parents and the society in accepting individuals with autism, embracing their cause and empowering their unique skills.
Additionally, the Group’s CSR extends to periodic Blood donation camps, Cleanliness drives, Breast Cancer awareness, helping children with Special Needs amongst others initiatives. The Group has successfully executed many such programs in an attempt to give something back to the universe and the environment in which it exists. This focus and commitment aims at creating a positive impact through exemplary standards of service that are beneficial to society and reflect the core values of corporates wanting to make a difference.