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 QuezX.com, 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
Shiv is a management graduate from the London Business School and has over 25 years of experience in the executive search and selection industry.
He has led ABC Consultants for the past 18 years with a consistent and undivided focus, resulting in the firm emerging as India’s premier leadership hiring and talent solutions organisation. ABC Consultants has over 250 professionals with offices in 9 cities in India. Under his leadership, ABC Consultants has developed deep domain expertise in 24 industry verticals and built a robust repertoire of building strong and diverse leadership teams across industries.
Shiv is a second generation entrepreneur and joined ABC Consultants in 1996, initially in the Consumer & Services vertical. He took over as CEO of ABC Consultants in 2005 and the organization tripled its revenue within a span of 5 years. He was an integral part of the team that oversaw a successful JV with Manpower Inc. post which he moved the firm from a single service to a multi-product one and launched 5 new businesses (FlexAbility, HeadCount, HeadHonchos, Chairman’s High Circle & Amplify) in the past 8 years.
An avid cricket aficionado and art collector, Shiv was the lead guitarist in a rock band in his younger days. He has featured on Young Turks on CNBC and won the Vodafone Drive into the Big League contest which got ABC’s logo prominently displayed on Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren Mercedes Formula One car (for free!). Shiv is an Independent Director on the board of Dr. Agarwal’s Healthcare Limited, a Chennai headquartered chain of eye hospitals. He is a member of FICCI’s National Executive Committee. He is a Founder and Sponsor at Ashoka University. Shiv is also an active member and served on the board of the Delhi Chapter of Young Professionals Organization (YPO).
Ratna is a Senior Director and part of the Management Committee of ABC Consultants Group.
Apart from being a part of the leadership team, Ratna heads a cluster of industry practices which include: Technology, Outsourcing & Offshoring, Consumer Durables & Building Materials, Metals, Minerals & Mining Services practices. She has an established reputation in the market as multi-domain consultant, with deep expertise in the Technology vertical. At ABC, she personally advises Global- MNC’s & Large Indian houses on CEO and CXO level strategic hires . She comes with a lot of value added knowledge and guidance in building organizations from scratch through the right hiring models . Prior to joining ABC, she has worked with TMI Network in their recruitment and media divisions. She also has strong exposure to corporate sales with Diners Cards at the onset of her career. Ratna has over 20 years of experience in recruitment ,and a flair for sales & marketing . She has been with ABC Consultants since November 2000.
She is a Sociology Honours graduate from Delhi University with an added B. Ed degree and National scholarship holder ranked 3rd in Delhi university.
Vivek heads the Telecom, Education, Retail, Real Estate and Logistics practices for ABC Consultants.
Vivek is a seasoned executive search professional with over 20 years of experience. He has been instrumental in setting up and growing the Telecom, Education, Retail, Real Estate and Logistics practices. He has successfully partnered with market leaders across these industries. His expertise lies in executing senior level searches.
Vivek is a B.Com (Hons) graduate and has received his MBA in Marketing and Human Resources from Institute from Integrated learning in Management.
Zefrin is a Partner with ABC Consultants and manages multiple Industry verticals with complete business responsibility. He Heads the firm’s Industrial and Oil & Gas practices and also leads the Global sourcing specialist service that has been developed to address the needs of global businesses looking at employing Indian & Expatriate talent at leadership / senior levels outside India.
Zefrin has around 27 years of experience, of which over 20 has been with the Executive Search industry. He started his career with ABC in 2004 and has partnered companies across various sectors and geographies for their leadership hiring.
Prior to Executive Search, he has 7 years of experience in Sales and Marketing with firms like Godrej GE Appliances and Larsen & Toubro Limited.
He is a Production Engineer from Mumbai University and a Post Graduate in Human Resources from Symbiosis Centre of Distance Learning
Anupama heads the Pharma, Lifesciences Devices & Diagnostics practice at ABC Consultants.
She has 20 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining ABC, Anupama worked with Zydus Cadila. Her strong industry background enables Anupama and her team to have a strong technical understanding and expertise in how the Pharma Value Chain Operates. This in-depth understanding of domain enables the ABC PHL team to be one of the best in the industry and helps to partner and consult the clients with technical insight and skill based talent search.
Anupama holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science, Post Graduate degree in Botany(Genetics specialization) & B Ed degree.
Deepika heads industry verticals like Consumer, Media and Entertainment and Development. She also manages the PE relationships for ABC and brings with her over two decades of work experience. After a successful stint at Wipro Limited, she started her journey with ABC in early 2006, managing client relationships and delivery across Media and E-commerce. Over the years she has worked with a broad spectrum of Conglomerates, MNC and Indian Clients, Foundations, NGOs, Government Bodies, PE and VC backed Start-ups in Consumer, Media & Entertainment, D2C, OTT etc. and helped them with successful appointments. Her body of work ranges from Leadership hiring to Team build-ups to domain driven appointments for C-suite roles and Talent projects.
Deepika is people-driven, which enables her in strategically building powerful, trusted, long term business relationships. She is known for her network and transparent people approach. She is a good listener, with an innate ability to interpret any given situation. She is an Electronics Engineer from Nagpur University. She grew up in Nagpur and now lives in Mumbai with her husband and two children.
Amol Gangaramany heads the Aerospace & Defense, Automobile & Auto Components practices for ABC Consultants.
Amol has over 21 years of experience and has been with the firm for close to 18 years. He started his career in the Automotive Practice in ABC where he was responsible for Senior Management Hiring in Automotive OEMs and Component Manufacturers. Before joining ABC, Amol has worked with Kelly Services and People One
Amol is an Industrial Engineer from Nagpur University and has done his Masters in Business Administration from Goa Institute of Management.
Ritu is a Partner and leads the Technology and Outsourcing & Offshoring practices. She is associated with ABC Consultants since early 2012. She brings to the table a comprehensive experience of over 22 years in Executive Search and Recruitment Consulting with experience spanning Search Execution, Talent Mapping, Talent Acquisition, Business Development, Account Management, and Client Relationship.
Ritu is very well networked and passionate about search and selection with a strong focus on Information Technology (IT) organizations covering the entire spectrum of Software Services, Infrastructure Services, Captives, GICs, Products, e-Commerce, Consulting, and VC funded start-ups, etc. She has done extensive work with Analytics, Shared Services, BPO/ KPO firms as well.
Over the years, she has led and executed multiple critical and complex leadership hiring mandates across levels with distinct strengths in senior-level searches for Technology, Operations & Functional/Business roles.
Ritu holds an MBA (PGDBA) from Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Science (Hospitality Management and Consumer Studies) from SNDT University. She secured a silver medal and was ranked 2nd in the SNDT university.
Murali heads the Power, Infrastructure, Electrical and Electronics practices for ABC Consultants.
He has over 25 years of industrial work experience including 12 years in recruitments. Prior to joining ABC Consultants, he has worked with leading multinational companies namely Praxair India and Global Gases Group across the country. He has experience in working with major clients across the practice with specific focus on Senior Level Recruitments.
Murali has a Mechanical Engineering degree from University of Madras
Jyotika brings in extensive experience spanning over 28 years in senior management Executive Search Consulting and Leadership Talent Management. She works with Promoters / Family Offices of large Indian Conglomerates in driving some of their key talent transformation agendas and succession planning, as well as with board members in companies ranging in size from start-ups to multi-national corporations across geographies and markets. Her focus is on incorporating client requirements, industry specifications, executive staffing tools and methods, to successfully deliver on retained and exclusive mandates. She is a firm believer in delivering on commitments by leveraging her skills, competencies and network built over the years to contribute significantly towards the organizational objectives and goals.
She has authored and been part of several success stories – cofounding and partnering the India business of InterSearch (a globally ranked Executive Search firm) for 20 years, and currently driving the Board and Leadership Search practice at ABC Consultants. Additionally, she actively supports the MD on Quality, Strategy and Value Chain initiatives for the organization, and also leads the ABC Internal POSH Committee as the Presiding Officer.
Upasana is a executive search and leadership hiring professional with 25 years of experience across multiple sectors – Financial Services, Professional Services, Education, Digital, Technology, Offshoring, Airports and Infrastructure. Prior to ABC Consultants, Upasana was Partner and Practice Head at Amrop – a global Leadership Advisory and Executive Search firm. She also spent over 8 years at Deloitte Consulting in several strategic client facing and talent roles for the US entity in India as well as the India business.
Upasana’s body of work encompasses global expatriate searches, team build ups, domain- specific local and international appointments for C-suite roles, Board constructs and compensation studies. She has worked with a broad spectrum of conglomerates and MNC clients.
A post graduate from the Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Upasana serves on the governing body of Reach Foundation- founded by Global Reach. She is also on the National Committee of Australian Alumni Association in India, is the Chair of AAA Mumbai and is an Advisor to Vishuddhi, a not for profit organisation.
Piyush is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Cost Accountants of India. He also holds Diploma in Information Systems Audit from ICAI.
With over 20 years of experience, he is an established finance leader and business partner who has been successful in building and leading a high-performance finance organisation across a diverse set of industries such as Government Regulatory Bodies, Big 4s, Travel & Tourism, Technology, and the Executive Search industry.
A technologist at heart, always interested in new tools and technology, he was the driving force behind several process automations, transitions, and transformations in the financial function at various levels. He was instrumental in business restructuring, mergers/demergers, and acquisitions, as well as establishing companies and finance functions across borders.
When he is not working on business strategy, he enjoys playing table tennis, badminton and reading.
Monika Jain has more than 2 decades of experience in Human Resources. She has been leading the entire gamut of HR practices right from Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Learning, and Development (with a major focus on leadership pipeline development) and Organizational Behaviour to Performance Management & Organizational Effectiveness.
She has been instrumental in driving transformation in a fast-changing environment that entails working closely with stakeholders, conducting thorough cultural diagnostics and assessing the organization’s readiness to change, strategizing & deciding the areas requiring change, building and driving the narrative and making the change.
At ABC Consultants, she is responsible for driving the people agenda and building capabilities to meet business needs by effectively managing the employee lifecycle. Before Joining ABC Consultants, she worked in different industries and organizations like Nielsen, IMRB, TOI, Amadeus, Laureate (Now Global University System) & more recently BIBA Apparels to name a few.
Monika has done her Economics (Hons.) from SRCC after which she joined BIMTECH to pursue her PGDBM with a specialisation in HR. She has earned certifications like Hogan Global Certification, Blanchard Situational Leadership Certification & Hay Job Evaluation Certification.
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- Our policies are based on trust - discretionary time off, responsible travel, work flexibility, paternity benefits, etc.
- We are an equal opportunity employer with a diverse workforce
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