Ananth NarayananFounder, Mensa Brands
Ananth Narayanan is an Entrepreneur and an Investor in the consumer internet space in India. He is the founder & CEO of Mensa Brands – India’s largest D2C house of brands with the vision to build tech-led brands from India for the globe. Within 6 months of operation, Mensa became Asia’s fastest unicorn and the second fastest globally. Mensa has 25 brands across Fashion, Home, Beauty & FMCG and achieved a net revenue run rate of $200m while being profitable within a year.
Prior to starting Mensa, Ananth was the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Medlife, one of India’s largest e- health company, with business verticals including pharmacy, diagnostics, and e-consultation. After scaling the business, he successfully merged it with Pharmeasy – creating a clear market leader in the healthcare technology space.
Prior to Medlife, he served as the CEO of Myntra, the country’s largest platform for fashion and lifestyle products and part of Flipkart/Walmart. Under his leadership, the company witnessed 6x growth while improving profitability in a span of 3.5 years and built the right tech foundation for it’s long term success. He was also instrumental in buying Jabong and consolidating Myntra’s market leadership.
Featured as one of “India’s Hottest 40 under 40 Business Leaders” in 2014, Ananth has deep expertise in driving performance improvement and digital transformation.
Prior to joining Myntra, Ananth was a Director at McKinsey & Company for 15 years and has worked across four offices (Chicago, Shanghai, Taipei, and Chennai). He serves as an Independent Director on the Board of Marico and is an active member of YPO, the Global Community of Young Leaders and Chief Executives. He is a part of the Champions of Change, Transformation Conclave set up by Niti Aayog, under the aegis of Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. He is also on the Board of Arghyam, a foundation set up by Rohini Nilekani to improve access to safe water. He also is passionate about making mental health support accessible to all and serves as a Trustee for Deepika Padukone’s Live Love Laugh foundation. He is an active member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and is also on the Industry Advisory Board of the University of Michigan.