Jay Nayak is Chief Information Officer for Kids2, Inc., a global consumer products company headquartered in Atlanta that designs solutions to help early-stage families and includes the leading infant, baby, and toddler brands Baby Einstein™, Bright Starts™, and Ingenuity™. Nayak joined Kids2 in 2018 to integrate and embed technology solutions across the organization that will support its forward-looking business goals.
With 26 years of experience in the IT world, Nayak came to Kids2 from Charming Charlie, where she strategically established a multi-year innovative IT and digital roadmap to support business transformation and re-engineered the IT infrastructure to align with core business priorities. Nayak also partnered closely with its marketing team to launch Charming Charlie’s customer loyalty program and marketing campaigns. In addition, she launched the brand’s e-commerce site with enhanced customer experience. Nayak previously served as the Vice President of Administration with Garden Ridge, and prior to that consulted with multiple companies throughout the Houston area.
Originally from India, Nayak graduated from NMAMIT, recognized as one of the best performing Engineering colleges in Karnataka, India.
Favorite Childhood Toy: We played outdoors a lot, so it was probably either a ball and a bat or bicycle.
Most helpful baby/child solution or invention experienced: I have always enjoyed (and still do) Legos for the simplicity of the solution and the creativity it fosters. There are so many skills it builds like creativity, motor skills, science, logic, etc. that can keep a child occupied for hours. I have personally experienced the impact Legos had with both my kids.
Inspired by: While inspired by many, in recent times I was inspired by Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo. Under her leadership, Pepsico grew impressively and became a very successful brand. Her courage in taking the company in a different direction, and her leadership style that convinced the team to follow her on the journey, are exemplary. However, all this success did not come easy. She had to find a way to maintain a good work and family life balance. Her candid acknowledgment on the hardships of maintaining a good balance on work and life. How she copes with the situation with positivity and care are inspirational, especially for women in the workforce who are trying to maintain this balance.
Hobby: I enjoy playing tennis, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family.
Kids2 is a global company that designs solutions to help early-stage parents and families create tiny wins that build bright futures. The Kids2™ brand portfolio includes the leading infant, baby, and toddler brands Baby Einstein®, Bright Starts®, and Ingenuity®. Headquartered in Atlanta, Kids2 spans globally with 12 offices on four continents serving customers in more than 90 countries and has been inventing and reinventing baby products for 50 years. Led by CEO Ryan Gunnigle, it operates with an agile start-up approach, which fosters the company’s growing success.