Saurabh Gadgil

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Saurabh Gadgil
Saurabh Gadgil.jpeg
Saurabh Gadgil in 2015
Chief Managing Director & Chairman of P N Gadgil Jewellers.
Vice President of India Bullion & Jewellers Association
In office
22 July 2015 – Incumbent
Personal details
Born (1977-05-09) 9 May 1977 (age 41)
Spouse(s)Radhika Gadgil (m. 2000)
Children2
ParentsVidyadhar Gadgil (father) and Vaishali Gadgil (mother)
RelativesLate Anant "Dajikaka" Gadgil (grandfather)
ResidencePune, Maharashtra, India
Alma mater
OccupationJeweller, businessman

Saurabh Gadgil (born 9 May 1977) is an Indian businessman and Chairman and Managing Director of PNG Jewellers.[1] Gadgil is the grandson of P N Gadgil Jewellers founder Late Shri Anant ’Dajikaka’ Gadgil.[1] Gadgil has been credited for transforming the family business into a well-recognized international brand with its footprint across India, the United Arab Emirates as well as the United States of America.[1]

Saurabh Gadgil is the Vice President (VP) of India Bullion & Jewellers Association Ltd. (IBJA) for the West Zone.[2]

Early life[edit]

Saurabh was born on 9 May 1977,[3][self-published source] into the entrepreneurial, aristocratic, Chitpavan brahmin[4] family of jeweler-businessman Vidyadhar Gadgil and Vaishali Gadgil.[1] Gadgil's grandfather, Late Shri Anant ’Dajikaka’ Gadgil founded the Pune branch of P N Gadgil Jewellers in 1958.[1] Gadgil also has one sister.

He was educated St. Vincent's High School in Pune which he graduated in 1993 as valedictorian.[1][5] He then finished his baccalaureate degree from Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce. He was awarded an MBA in Foreign Trade[3][self-published source] by the Symbiosis Institute of Management.[5] He later received an executive MBA from Harvard Business School.[3][self-published source] Being a chess player since his youth, he has been a champion at many chess competitions, as well as finishing second at a national championship. Gadgil has said that he is a passionate reader with "eclectic tastes, besides being a movie and travel buff."[5]

Saurabh Gadgil married Radhika Gadgil (née Vaidya) in 2000.[1] They have two children together.[1]

Career[edit]

Saurabh Gadgil started managing the family business in 1998.[1] He expanded the company by opening stores in Pune, Nashik, Kolhapur, the UAE and the United States.[1]

After Dajikaka’s death in 2014 at the age of 99,[6] Gadgil launched nine new stores in nine months as a tribute to his grandfather.[6] He also pioneered brand collaborations with actor Salman Khan[7] and featured his company's designs in many films in Bollywood, such as: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Bajrangi Bhaijaan as well as Dilwale.[7] Under Gadgil, PNG Jewellers has also launched TIMELESS Collection by Madhuri Dixit.[8] Gadgil also pioneered the concept of a boutique store which was launched at the JW Marriott in Pune.[7] Gadgil is also the Director of Style Quotient Jewellery Pvt. Ltd. (SQJPL).[3][self-published source]

Saurabh launched a P N Gadgil store in Fremont, California in 2015 at the hands of actress Preity Zinta.[9]

Being Human, a brand founded by actor Salman Khan,[10] launched ‘Being Human Jewellery’ on 30 September 2016 with P N Gadgil.[10] Style Quotient Jewellery Pvt Ltd (SQPL), sister company of PNG Jewellers is the global licensee of ‘Being Human Jewellery’.[10] SQJPL also launched the Bajrangi Bhaijaan pendant, which was worn throughout the movie by Salman Khan and had record sales at their stores.[10] The pendant was an overnight sensation and the demand outnumbered the supply.[10]

Saurabh tied up with fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani to design silver ornaments with plans to grow this new business venture under the Silvostyle brand.[11]

On 22 July 2015, Gadgil was appointed as the Vice President (VP) of [12] for the West Zone after Prithviraj Kothari served his term.[13]

Philanthropy[edit]

Saurabh Gadgil has been a part of various charitable activities throughout his career. PNG Jewellers organized its first Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives on the occasion of 2nd anniversary of its Hadapsar, Pune Branch.[3][self-published source] PNG Jewellers decided to support a female athlete (boxer) from the Mary Kom foundation, where Gadgil has supported the talent financially for a one-year training program.[3][self-published source] Gadgil launched the "SWA - Skills with Answers" training program which facilitates overall development of adolescents with the help of life skills for students of 7th - 10th grade from Dajikaka Gadgil Second Home English Medium school, Taljai.[3][self-published source] Gadgil organized the Shilim Development Project in collaboration with Adiwasi Vikas Prabodhini under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiatives.[3][self-published source] Gadgil set up E-Learning in four zila parishad schools namely Shilim Gavthan Primary School, Shindewadi Z P school, Wagheshwar Z P school & Dyaneshwar Vidya Niketan, Ajiwali.[3][self-published source]

On the occasion of Gadgil’s birthday on 9 May 2016, PNG Jewellers supported 9 under privileged children from a Pune-based organization named Eklavya Bal Shikshan and Arogya nyasa for their yearly Educational expenditure.[14]

Awards and certifications[edit]

Awards and Honors awarded to Gadgil:

Name Awarding organization Year
Best Retailer Of the Year CMO Asia Awards For Retail Excellence[3][self-published source] 2016
Shivshakti Award 2016 Bharat Mitra Mandal, Mahashivratra Utsav trust[3][self-published source] 2016
India's Best SMEs (small and medium enterprises) 2016 SKOCH ORDER OF MERIT, Skoch Group, New Delhi.[3][self-published source] 2016
Jewellery Retailer of the Year, Indian Retail Awards 2016 Franchise India & Times Now[15] 2016
Most Admired CEO of the Year 2016 DNA - National GEMS & JEWELLERY Summit & Awards[15] 2016
Retailer of the Gems & Jewellery Industry of India - Year 2016 Jewel Trendz TM[15] 2016
12th Retail Jeweller India Awards 2016 - Platinum Jewellery of the Year GEMFIELD[3][self-published source] 2016

Other Felicitations:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Gadgil Jewellers 179-year-old journey from footpath to international showrooms | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  2. ^ "Saurabh Gadgil appointed as the Vice President of India Bullion & Jewellers Association (IBJA)". www.retailjewellerindia.com. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Saurabh Gadgil Bio". Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Businessmen". kokanastha.com.
  5. ^ a b c "Saurabh Gadgil". Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b "P N Gadgil Jewellers founder 'Dajikaka' dead". The Indian Express. 2014-01-11. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  7. ^ a b c "Salmaan Khan Unveiled New Logo of PNG Jewellers | Gems 2 Jewellery". www.gems2jewellery.com. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  8. ^ "'TIMELESS' Jewellery by Madhuri Dixit | Gems 2 Jewellery". www.gems2jewellery.com. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  9. ^ "PNG Jewellers Opens Showroom at Fremont, USA". 21 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  10. ^ a b c d e "PNG Signs Salman Khan as Brand Ambassador | Gems 2 Jewellery". www.gems2jewellery.com. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  11. ^ Reporter, B. S. (2015-01-11). "P N Gadgil Jewellers expands business". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  12. ^ India Bullion and Jewellers Association Ltd. (IBJA)://ibja.co/
  13. ^ "Saurabh Gadgil Appointed Vice President of IBJA". www.gems2jewellery.com. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  14. ^ "PNG Jewellers adopts 9 students as a part of CSR". 12 May 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  15. ^ a b c "P.N. Gadgil Jewellers Bags Three National Awards | Gems 2 Jewellery". www.gems2jewellery.com. Retrieved 2016-10-06.

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