Bata Corporation, the big shoe manufacturer and retailer based in Lausanne, which is also active in the athletic footwear sector through Athletes World and AW Lab, has appointed Sandeep Kataria as global chief executive, replacing Alexis Nasard, who led the company for nearly five years. Nasard stepped down to pursue a professional opportunity outside the company and the change is effective immediately. Kataria joined Bata in 2017 as the company’s chief executive for India. Prior to Bata, he worked for Vodafone, where he became chief commercial officer for India, for the fast-food company Yum! Brands, where he became chief marketing officer, and for Unilever, where he reached the position of global brand director for the Comfort business. As head of Bata India, Kataria doubled profits and increased revenues by a double-digit annual rate. He also built up the brand’s online business. In the Asian country, the company increased its presence in online marketplaces by offering an expanded range, scaled up its own web shop and launched new digital channels such as the Bata ChatShop. It developed new services such as Bata Home Delivery and Bata Store-on-Wheels, a mobile kiosk designed to reach a wider customer base. Founded in 1894 by Tomas Bata, the company has 23 production facilities in 18 countries, according to its website. It employs more than 35,000 people and sells more than 180 million pairs of shoes annually. It has an international network of 5,300 stores in more than 70 countries serving over one million clients per day.