Bengaluru: Sandeep Kataria has been appointed as the CEO of footwear behemoth Bata. 

He becomes the first Indian to be given the honours in the company’s 126-year-long history, WION notes. 

He takes over from Alexis Nasard, who is stepping down after almost five years in the role.

The website also quoted chairman Ashwini Windlass as saying, "Over the past few years, the India team has delivered exceptional growth in footwear volumes, revenues and profits, and has strengthened Bata's customer measures in a highly competitive footwear market. The Bata Group and Bata India both stand to benefit greatly from Sandeep's extensive experience.” 

On his elevation, Kataria said, "I have been privileged to be part of Bata's success in India and I look forward to building further on our proud, 120-year history as shoemakers to the world."

He further said, "While 2020 has presented unique challenges, the appeal of our brands and the passion of our people provide every reason for confidence regarding our prospects in the years ahead.” 

Kataria joined Bata India as CEO in 2017. He had earlier worked with leading global firms such as Unilever, Yum Brands and Vodafone in India and Europe.