February 16, 2017 – Four Stanton Chase executives have stepped up to lead the firm’s push into India: Amit Agarwal, Ashwini Prakash, Mala Chawla, and Sripad KN. They will share ownership and leadership responsibilities across the country.
The four consultants will play a hands-on role in originating and executing searches. Their pan-India, multi-sector experience will connect their extensive networks on a local, regional, and global level.
Mr. Agarwal will lead four critical verticals for Stanton Chase in India: banking insurance & financial services; professional services; real estate; and media & consumer. Over the years, he has served clients in these domains helping them acquire talent from external markets.
Ms. Prakash has over 10 years of experience in executive search consulting focused on identifying senior talent in consumer products, retail and the healthcare space for multinational and Indian firms. She has completed officer-level searches and senior management assignments for key business functions, including sales & marketing, operations, supply chain, human resources and finance.
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Ms. Chawla has over 15 year of diverse experience across different industries, functions and geographies. She is a partner in the Mumbai office of Stanton Chase India and heads its industrial practice. She is also a member of the firm’s consumer and real estate practices. She works extensively for clients in infrastructure, chemicals, and diverse industries.
Mr. KN has over 20 years of experience, with 14-plus years spent in executive search. He is a senior partner in the Bangalore office of Stanton Chase and heads that location as well as the firm’s technology practice across India, in addition to its consumer & industrial practices for Bangalore. He has handled many senior level searches, including C-suite roles across the technology, industrial, and consumer practices.
Under New Leadership
“This change speaks to our principles and the values of our senior partners and consultants who enjoy having a distributed ownership model with a client-first service excellence mentality. It is locally entrepreneurial, globally connected, and inclusively forward thinking,” said Mickey Matthews, international chairman of Stanton Chase. “Moreover, they are family and know our culture, share our values, and have the young dynamism to build and grow their client offering in India and globally through their deep relationships with Stanton Chase partners around the world.”
Under the new leadership, he added, the Stanton Chase India team remains committed to serving clients across the country with connectivity through their partners around the world. Stanton Chase currently has six offices of India, including Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Delhi, and Ahmedabad. The four leaders cover all nine industry specializations that Stanton Chase offers: professional services, financial services, supply chain logistics & transportation, consumer products & services, life sciences & healthcare, industrial, natural resources & energy, technology, and government.
“Stanton Chase has always had a strong presence in India,” said Mr. Matthews. “I am pleased to see the new direction in which this team is heading. They are building a world-class team with a deep understanding of the firm’s culture and commitment to clients first.”
Mr. Matthews recently sat down with Hunt Scanlon Media to discuss the executive search market in India and why the region is so important in the firm’s expansion plans.
Mickey, why India?
India has always been a key market for Stanton Chase and more so now with the country poised for aggressive growth. The government’s pro-business stance has been fueled by increased tax collections, more opening of their markets, and the government’s plan to invest heavily on bettering the country’s infrastructure. Even well before it was dubbed one of the BRICs, our clients led us to India in need for leadership talent as they had recognized the vast potential of this market. And we believe the surface has only been scratched!
What can you tell us about the mid-level and senior-level recruitment market here?
Our clients, economic indicators and partners on the ground advise us of the plentiful need for top talents at all levels. This is particularly keen at the higher levels where a track record working in an ever changing, matrixed, international company is paramount for the success of these executives.
Why is the region so important to the firm?
Going back and tying in to your original question, India has been such a critical market for Stanton Chase that in 2015 we held our global partners meeting there. When we did, we were pleased to learn about the opening up of the country and its interest in diversity hiring — particularly of female leaders. This market is all about empowerment and smart leadership styles.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media