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Company : Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) 
Tuesday, May 14, 2002 5:25PM IST (11:55AM GMT)
Fashion Design Council of India brings Industry veteran Vinod Kaul on board as Executive Director
New Delhi, Delhi, India

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the apex body of Indian designers, today announced the appointment of industry veteran Vinod Kaul as the new executive director. He takes over from Sumeet Nair, who will continue to be on the board of the council. Kaul has varied experience in all aspects of apparel industry and brings with him 29 years of expertise in areas ranging from retailing, marketing, merchandising and warehousing.

As executive director Kaul will take forward the initiatives pioneered by Nair and add his long-standing experience in the retail industry to work towards corporatisation of the fashion industry. Among other things he would primarily be responsible for interfacing with various government agencies on matters relevant to the industry and establishing the council as the nodal body dealing with its issues and concerns.

Commenting on his appointment Vinod Kaul said, "The issues concerning the Indian apparel industry are unique and make my task even more challenging. Providing fair representation to these issues in all quarters will require the utmost demands of all my skills and expertise which I have gained from being a part of this industry for the past 30 years."

Kaul's first assignment as executive director would be the 'Lakme India Fashion Week' - an annual trade event which facilitates interaction amongst the players in this industry. During this week long event, scheduled for later this year, Indian designers will showcase prêt and diffusion collections, set new trends and provide business opportunities for participants.

An industry veteran Kaul is an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 1973 and 29 years of experience in various facets of the textile industry. Among his most important assignments are his work as director BE, Raymond where he was responsible for conceptualising, developing and implementing 'BE'- Raymond's new innovative concept for prêt designer wear. His other important assignments include VP marketing Birla VXL Ltd and executive director DCM Benetton India Ltd.

Top-notch professionals in the fashion industry came together in December 1998 to form the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI). The Council has been set up to consolidate its position in the global marketplace and this embodies the first step taken towards according corporate status to the fashion business in India. Its primary objective is to provide a cohesive platform for Indian designers and act as the mouthpiece of the industry at all relevant platforms, in a bid to promote Indian fashion-both at home and abroad.

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