Sonal Agrawal | Managing Partner India Global Management Committee, AltoPartners Global Board Member, AESC
With over 25 years of search experience, Sonal serves clients in Private Equity, Conglomerates, Financial Services for Board, CEO and CXO searches. She also anchors the Board and Diversity practice for the firm.
Sonal co-founded and serves on the global board for AltoPartners, the leading global partnership of executive search and leadership consulting firms across the Americas, EMEA and APAC, and of the AESC (the global association for executive search and leadership consulting), as well as on the boards of Accord, ABC Consultants, and has held roles at YPO (Young Presidents Organization - a peer network of 25,000+ global leaders in 100+ nations). She is also on the FICCI Diversity & Inclusion task force and has previously served on the boards of Watson Wyatt India and other listed board.
Sonal has been named by the Economic Times as one of the Top 10 Headhunters in India, by Businessweek, USA as one of the 150 Most Influential Headhunters in the World and by Business Today magazine as one of the Next 30 Most Powerful Women in business in India. She wrote a monthly column on career issues in the Mint (erstwhile affiliate of the Wall Street Journal in India) and remains a frequent advocate and speaker on leadership, gender and diversity, and doing business in India.
Born in East Africa and raised in Kolkata, Sonal read for a B.Sc. in Economics at St Xavier’s College Calcutta, and then completed her MBA from the London Business School, UK.
Dr Bish Agrawal | Chairman | Kolkata
Dr Bish Agrawal (Doc) is widely perceived as the pioneer of the organised search & selection profession in India, with 5 decades of experience in this segment. He is the founder of the ABC Consultants group of recruitment companies, of which Accord Group is the executive search arm. Most recently, he ran the Stanton Chase franchise in India.
Born to a modest trading family in a small village in Bihar, Doc worked his way up the professional ladder with “tons of self-belief, hard work and more than a stroke of luck” in his own words. He received his Engineering and Management Degrees from British Universities and PhD from Arizona, US and worked with American multinationals in India and the UK, before setting up ABC as a management consulting practice.
He has been the President of The Institute of Management Consultants of India, Visiting Professor at IIM Kolkata and Companion of The Institute of Management, London. He often shares his diverse experience and vast knowledge at industry chambers and human resource forums. He received the prestigious Shiromani Award from former President of India, Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma. He was also awarded Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
He has personally completed over 1,000 senior leadership searches across various industries. His forte has been in partnering with Indian conglomerates and helping them build out their professional management teams.
When he is not talking about recruitment, Doc spends his time collecting Indian contemporary Art and investing in the Indian stock market.
Toral Patel | Managing Partner | Mumbai
Toral has two decades of executive search & selection experience in India. She previously managed the Western Region and Middle East operations for a large recruitment group, before co-founding Accord.
She is responsible for the Consumer, Retail, Services, Real Estate and Education practices for Accord in India and has built top management teams for major companies in these industries. In addition, she has run searches in the areas of Diversity, Human Resources, and Media.
She serves on the boards of Accord, ABC Group and is a member of the Bombay chapter of the EO (Entrepreneurs Organization).
A graduate of Sydenham College, Bombay, she did her post-graduation in Personnel Management from the University of Bombay and the Accelerated Development Program from London Business School, UK.
Ajay Sood | Senior Partner | Delhi
Ajay joined the ABC Consultants Group over two decades ago and was last designated Senior Partner in the Stanton Chase India franchise. His core domain is the Industrials practice, with a focus on Automotive, Capital & Industrial equipments, Electrical & Electronics, Aerospace & Defence and Process Industry. Prior to this, he built out and managed the Engineering, Infrastructure, Automobile and Telecom practices at ABC Consultants. He has also been responsible for incubating the Healthcare and Lifesciences for SCI.
He has served a number of Indian and global companies, with significant repeat business from his clients. Ajay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with an MBA in Marketing & Finance.
Anjali Singhania | Partner | Mumbai
Anjali brings in more than 14 years of experience in executive search and media planning. She started her career with Grey Worldwide and Mindshare as a Media Planner.
Prior to joining Accord she was with Stanton Chase as a Principal Consultant working across the Consumer and Healthcare sectors. Her prior stints have included RGF and ABC Consultants, where she ran middle & senior level mandates in the FMCG & Consumer Durables areas.
Anjali is a Post Graduate in Marketing & Communications from Amity Business School.
Reenu Saraf | Partner | Mumbai
After stints in business development in the telecom space, Reenu started her recruitment career at global staffing majors and then moved to Korn Ferry Professional Search as the Market Leader for Global Consumer & Life Sciences Practices, where she consistently named as the national and Asia Pacific top biller. She then joined as Principal at Heidrick & Struggles, before a stint at another international search firm as Partner.
Over the last two decades, she has served global and Indian clients in the consumer, retail, pharma & healthcare and education areas. At Accord, she will be building out the life sciences and healthcare practice.
Reenu has a Bachelors in Electronics (Hons) from Delhi University and has completed a management program from International Management Institute (IMI), Delhi.
Suhail Kazmi | Senior Partner | Mumbai
Suhail was with YES Bank where he was variously responsible for Branch Banking, Product Management and Private Banking in his last role of President – Retail Banking & Wealth Management, based out of Mumbai. Prior to that, he was with ABN AMRO Bank and before that with Bank of America, where he was responsible for several leadership functions in Retail Banking based successively out of Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai. He started his career with a sales & marketing stint with Lakme, now part of Hindustan Lever.
Most recently, Suhail helped set up and mentor a few diverse start-ups and assumed the role of an advisor/ mentor to them, and co-founded two businesses - one in the area of real estate (weekend homes outside Mumbai) and the other a growth advisory firm, Friends of Ambition, focused on helping small businesses scale up, in Tier 2 India.
Suhail completed his Economics (Honours) from K M College, Delhi University and earned an MBA (Marketing) from Faculty of Management Studies.
Sunaina Shivnani | Partner | Delhi
Sunaina has a decade and half of experience in management consulting and executive search. Based in Delhi, Sunaina serves clients in the consumer, retail and media sectors.
Previously, she spent seven years at RGF Executive Search, the leadership advisory arm of $22bn Recruit Holdings of Japan, and had the dual responsibility of expanding the portfolio of companies across consumer and automotive industries. In her earlier role at KPMG Management Consulting, she helped clients develop leadership talent management and assessment programs. She has also consulted on aligned projects, including work on balanced scorecards, compensation structuring and benchmarking.
Her focus is on helping companies build sustainable, collaborative teams and she has helped several clients hire for niche, high impact roles often requiring global talent searches and bringing in expatriate / repatriate talent.
Sunaina has an MBA in HR (SIMS ) and Masters in Labour law and Labour Welfare.