Godwin Pavamani is Chief Merchandising Officer and General Manager of Marketplace at BuildDirect. In this role, Godwin sits on the executive team and is responsible for the overall P&L of BuildDirect’s Marketplace across supplier sourcing, seller and buyer experience, pricing and in-stock management. Additionally, his teams drive customer engagement through merchandising, category selection expansion, and global business development.
Previously, Godwin held roles as Head of Product and Global Program Leader for Prime Samples and Vendor Management at Amazon, General Manager at Sony, and Director of Consumer Sales at Dell. Godwin is passionate about incubating and scaling new businesses and is recognized for launching nationally advertised brands, growing online retail businesses, and developing strong industry relationships.
Godwin earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from University of Mysore, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.
In his downtime, Godwin can be found spending time with his two daughters and his wife. Whether it’s exploring the outdoors, taking interest in international cuisine, or diving into a good book, their family is always learning. He also enjoys volunteering at his church and helping raise awareness for homelessness.
Favorite books: Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie; Endurance – Shackelton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing; The 4-hr Work Week by Tim Ferriss.
Words to live by: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference” – The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr.