Cognitive Talent Partners Opens to Serve Private Equity Companies

July 20, 2017 – Anuj Dhawan, former director and partner at Positive Moves Consulting, an angel investor in a Seattle-based healthcare IoT business, has founded executive search firm Cognitive Talent Partners LLP. Based in Gurgaon, Haryana, India, the firm provides executive search services to private equity funds, banks, consumer lending clients and global technology corporations.

Mr. Dhawan said he started the business to deliver qualified candidates to some of the world’s largest global private equity funds for portfolio companies, Asian business groups and global Indian business corporations across sectors.

Private Equity Veteran

He has extensive experience partnering with global private equity funds invested in technology, financial services, retail, consumer, engineering, infrastructure and shared services portfolio companies to deliver winning teams. He also has expertise partnering with a diverse set of stakeholders, such as promoters, boards, investors, CEOs and management teams, to deliver differentiated value. Since 2003, Mr. Dhawan served in various roles with Positive Moves.


Recruiters See Heightened Demand for Private Equity Portfolio Leaders
Tatum, an interim services and executive search firm, has appointed Chris Shaw to regional partner of private equity services. Mr. Shaw brings 16 years of financial experience.


“I’m excited to take all of my years of experience and the global relationships I’ve developed throughout my career to launch Cognitive Talent Partners,” said Mr. Dhawan. “The level of experience and expertise we will bring to our new clients in finding and connecting them to top-rated employment talent is unparalleled.”

Cognitive Talent Partners has also just appointed Kamal Nayyaras a partner to lead global accounts across North America and India. He previously worked for 20 years with NASDAQ-listed EXL Services,

In the coming months, Cognitive Talent Partners looks to set up offices in Seattle and the U.K.

Open for Business

In recent months, a slew of new recruiting firms have opened around the world, a nod to boom times in executive search. Here’s a look at just a recent sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Veteran Edward Batchelor has launched executive search firm Hardman Batchelor International, LLC. Based in Austin, TX, the firm specializes in recruiting and assessing leading board directors, CEOs and C-level executives with a particular focus on cultivating the Austin market.

The U.K. office of global search firm Boyden has launched a new executive search and interim management business called Savannah Group. Savannah’s team of 50 includes 20 partners that are specialists in their fields, including board and corporate functions, financial services, hospitality travel & leisure, industrial, digital and media, sport & entertainment industries.

Search industry veterans Ian Macleod and Paul Atkinson have joined forces to form Atkinson Macleod Executive Search. The firm focuses on board and senior executive level searches for the private and public sectors. Mr. Macleod spent 16 years running the Scottish arm of Odgers Berndtson after serving for 10 years with the Norman Broadbent.

upLIFT HR has been launched in New York by veteran human resources executive Talia Salvati. The firm was created to partner with small and large scale companies holistically to create, structure and recruit its HR teams. It works with purpose-driven companies to find dynamic and nimble HR leaders who can drive their company’s vision and mission.

Wakerobin Partners has been launched in The Woodlands, TX, by Rick Lowry. As a boutique firm, Wakerobin specializes in recruiting corporate and regional leadership throughout the U.S., working in a myriad of industries and disciplines. Mr. Lowry has more than 15 years in the search industry, as well as many years in leadership positions in public and private companies.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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