Ashish Mehta

Education

Education
Jun 2007 - Present

Certificate Program

Harvard Business School

Senior Executive Seminar for Retailers and Suppliers

The focus of the certificate program was to help us understand and address emerging retailing trends, while fostering productivity and efficiency in the work environment. Essentially it emphasized the importance and value of a customer-driven retail organisation.

Nov 2000 - Feb 2002

Masters of Business Administration, International Business

Rochester Institute of Technology
Aug 1995 - May 2000

Bachelors of Commerce and Economics

Bombay University

Work History

Work History
Nov 2011 - Present

Business Head

R.B.Jewels, a Division of Orra

  • Establish and manage the overall business objectives of the SBU created within the Orra framework
  • SBU created to develop and promote bespoke and custom jewellery though a network of Private Clients
  • Manage the day to day activities of the business as well as develop overall strategy to attract new clients
  • Detailed focus on quality and product development, the most important tool to attract and retain HNI clients.
Aug 2007 - Oct 2011

General Manager, Operations & Retail Supply Chain

Orra, The Diamond Destination (Retail Subsidiary of Rosy Blue Inc.)
  • Managing the retail supply chain and distribution of studded and non-studded jewelry
  • Responsible for growing Orra's current vendor base to include specialized manufacturers of traditional/regional products
  • Responsible for the planning and execution of a revised product sourcing structure, effectively increasing GMROI through increased sales, lower costs and accurate inventory management
  • Implemented a robust ERP system integrating various department functionalities, increasing internal efficiencies and incorporating real time reporting
  • Manage a team of 43 members for operational and supply chain requirements of 35 retail showrooms across the country
Jan 2006 - Jul 2007

Operations and Merchandising Executive

Rosy Blue Fine Inc (subsidiary of Rosy Blue Inc.)
  • Managed product selection, customisation, quality assurance and delivery schedules for Vera Wang's fine jewellery collection (Rosy Blue Fine was the sole licensee of Vera Wang's fine jewellery brand)
  • Responsible for improving quality and production efficiency for the company's signature brand Rosiblu, by sourcing merchandise from overseas manufacturers with specialized production skills
  • Developed and managed relationships with high end independent jewellers and retail chains such as Borsheims, Bailey Banks & Biddle, Saks Fifth Avenue and Birks & Mayors
  • Initiated Rosy Blue Fine's pearl jewellery division - responsible for developing and managing the portfolio.
Jan 2005 - Jan 2006

Overseas Supply Chain Manager

Rosy Blue Inc.
  • Assisted in setting up systems to monitor all aspects of overseas production including operating costs, collaborative product development and real time progress reporting
  • Responsible for hiring and training quality and production related personnel
  • Played the role of a liaison between Rosy Blue's US and India counterparts, ultimately leading to  increased efficiency
Mar 2002 - Jan 2005

Client Relationship & Sales Executive

Rosy Blue Inc
  • Managed the Diamond Studded, Fashion and Bridal jewellery portfolios for Sterling (Signet Group), Friedmans and Fred Myers (Total annual sales (wholesale) of $40M)
  • Responsible for planning and launching the following private label brands:
    • The Premier Collection at Friedman's Jewellers; launched  in September 2002
    • The Belgian Crown Star at Crescent Jewellers; launched in June 2003
    • The Sitara Diamond at Fred Meyer Jewellers; launched in October 2002
    • The Hearts Desire at Jared (Signet); launched in September 2006
  • Responsibilities included product merchandising, pricing, relationship management and vertical growth of existing business
May 1998 - Aug 2000

Management Trainee

B.Arunkumar & Co. (now known as Rosy Blue India)
  • Went through a 2 year training program in the areas of diamond grading, pricing and sales of loose diamonds.
  • Visited B.Arunkumar's branch in Antwerp to familiarise myself with its rough diamond and polished goods trading business
  • Participated in a six month training program focusing on jewellery manufacturing, model making and finishing