Building careers. Building organisations.

ABC Consultants is India's leading executive search and talent advisory firm, proudly shaping the future of multinationals and Indian businesses for over 50 years
India's Top 25 Safest Places to Work
Great Place to Work™ Certified 2024-2025
An integral part of
corporate India’s journey

Trusted advisors to multinationals, leading Indian businesses and leadership professionals


Years of market leadership


Careers built to date


Consultants pan India


Industry specialisations


Offices across India

Our People

The Executive Search industry's most seasoned consultants, bringing an agile mindset, an empathetic perspective and an entrepreneurial spirit to every client engagement.

Our Journey

From one office in Kolkata to a network of offices pan India, take a look at our
fascinating journey in the last five decades


Dr. Bish Agrawal establishes Associated Business Consultants as a Consulting services firm in Kolkata

1970s & 1980s

ABC opens offices in all major cities across India. Rapidly becomes a preferred partner to work with for corporates and professionals


HR consulting arm of the group forms JV with Watson Wyatt Worldwide to launch Watson Wyatt (HR Consulting) in India.
ABC Placements is created as a volume hiring arm


JV with Manpower Inc ABC Placements, the volume hiring business is sold to Manpower as part of the JV


ABC launches FlexAbility, its Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) arm and Headhonchos, India’s first online career services platform for senior professionals


A Group Advisory Board is appointed to strengthen group strategy


ABC goes from a branch structure to 24 industry-focused practices


ABC merges Headhonchos into, India’s leading recruitment aggregator and takes a majority stake in the combined entity


ABC launches Independent Reference Checks and Career Transition/Outplacement services


ABC sells FlexAbility to longstanding partner Alexander Mann Solutions (AMS) to focus on leadership hiring services


ABC launches Amplify – HR Consulting services, a comprehensive portfolio of HR & Talent Solutions delivered by a curated panel of trusted experts

Industry Specialisations

We recognize that each industry has its own nuances in terms of management style, hiring practices and compensation norms. To provide clients with specialized search solutions, ABC has developed expertise in the following industries

Our Services

ABC Consultants, through its executive search and talent advisory services has been an integral part of Corporate India since 1969


Our Executive Search consultants play the role of ‘trusted advisors’ to help firms hire top-of-the-line leaders

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We enable firms to build strong and diverse leadership teams with our unique methodology

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We partner with responsible firms to reorient their impacted employees back into the job market

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Reference Checks

Our discreet Reference Checks bring out an otherwise hard-to-get picture closest to reality

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Amplify – HR
Consulting Services

A comprehensive portfolio of HR Services delivered by a curated panel of experts

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Our constant endeavor is to delight our clients through service excellence

We are happy to recommend ABC Consultants for their exceptional business partnering with NaBFID in Capacity Building and Leadership appointments. As an executive search partner to NaBFID, they demonstrated remarkable dedication and expertise in managing our Leadership & Senior Management build-out. ABC Consultants played a pivotal role in on-boarding 40+senior level executives in our organization. Their approach to screening and evaluation was meticulous, ensuring that each candidate fits perfectly with our requirements both technically and culturally. What sets ABC Consultants apart is their team of domain experts who possess senior search expertise and their connect with professionals in each domain. Since we had engaged them for multiple positions and timelines were challenging, they were able to quickly ramp up their team by allocating more resources and thus delivered results within the timeline envisaged. Their understanding of client needs, coupled with their ability to provide valuable compensation inputs and candidate management made them an invaluable partner. Furthermore, their commitment and their dedication to maintaining the highest level of professionalism and quality of service throughout the process is truly commendable. We value the services of ABC Consultants, represented by Ms Upasana Agarwal and her team, and look forward to engage them for our future requirements as well.
ABC has supported us immensely in our capability building initiatives through focused searches based on deep need understanding and fit assessments. One thing that really stands out is getting a quality pool of candidates, enabling us to get good choices and the right selections. Our experience has been smooth with quick turnaround times and high offer-to-selection as ABC's candidate engagement is fantastic!
ABC Consultants is a highly recommended recruitment agency renowned for their organized, well-defined process, receptive feedback mechanism, and professional, prompt responses. They effectively streamline recruitment by fine-tuning their sourcing process based on client feedback, resulting in highly matched candidates. Their unwavering professionalism and prompt communication ensures a smooth, efficient hiring process. Their exceptional service proved invaluable during our search for a Sales Head at Extreme Infocom. For any business seeking reliable and professional recruitment support, ABC Consultants comes highly recommended.
The Executive Search Practice at ABC Consultants has been almost the single source for all the support for our Leadership hiring needs. I take this opportunity to thank the ABC Team for this quality support in placing candidates who have contributed to the growth of the company. Going forward as ITCF moves ahead in its next phase of growth, we hope to continue to partner with ABC Consultants for all its Senior Management needs,
IMFA’s journey with ABC as their strategic Leadership Hiring partner dates back to 2021-22, when IMFA was looking at rebuilding its top leadership team. Since then, the IMFA-ABC association has been of immense value to the organization, by delivering great results around senior leadership staffing. Customer centricity coupled with fine understanding of the client’s requirement are the core strengths of the firm, that gives them the edge over others and enables them to execute at pace. I fully endorse ABC on their expertise in Leadership Hiring, which is well backed up by their team of highly professional and seasoned client partners with exceptional execution focus, market intelligence and broad professional network.
ABC has been a very strong and valued Talent Partner for Mirchi for many years now. In fact, they are the first port of call for all of Mirchi’s talent requirements (and very seldom have I had to tap a second source). For me, ABC has not just been a TA partner, but also someone who has kept me abreast with the latest happenings in the industry. I find the ABC team very well informed, extremely well networked in their practice area & fully updated with not just people movements but also key organisation developments and business issues. It has always been a sheer joy to interact with Deepika and her team @ ABC.”
Working with ABC for our recruitment needs has been an efficient and satisfying experience. They have a clear knack for understanding the requirement and are able to proactively serve up the appropriate profiles. The entire process till on boarding and beyond is handled with alacrity and professionalism.
We appreciate ABC Consultants for their services to cater to our leadership requirements in India. They are very knowledgeable when it comes to HR Consultation with ethics in place at all the times. We are pleased with their prompt and professional services. We wish them all success and look forward to a fruitful association.

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