November 7, 2017 – Gurgaon, Haryana-headquartered executive search firm Cognitive Talent Partners LLP has established its first U.S. office in Dallas and plans to open another location in Silicon Valley. The firm has appointed Rajnish Batra as partner and consultant in San Francisco and Natasha Singh as a client partner in Dallas.
“The United States continues to be a market of significant strategic impact towards delivering exponential growth to our firm,” said Anuj Dhawan, founder and managing partner. “We are excited at the opportunity to serve our private equity clients, portfolio companies, engineering services and technology clients in the U.S.”
Kamal Nayyar, a partner, said Mr. Batra is a welcome addition to the firm. “We are delighted,” he said, “to bring Rajnish’s industry expertise across hi-tech, technology services, pharma & life sciences, maritime, manufacturing along with the diverse functional expertise in transformational projects, ERP implementation, digital roadmaps, social media & collaboration strategy, omni channel strategy, IT strategy, analytics strategy, automation strategy, and change management to our clients in the United States.”
Mr. Batra brings over 20 years of extensive experience in providing vision and leadership for developing implementing information technology initiatives to drive digital transformations, process improvements, competitive advantage, and bottom line gains, Cognitive Talent Partners said. He has been a trusted advisor to global chief experience officers on global strategy and operational planning to achieve goals by fostering innovation, prioritizing IT initiatives, coordinating the evaluation, deployment, and management of current and future IT systems across the organization. In recent years, he has provided CIO and thought leadership to Larsen & Toubro Infotech. Previously, he served as CIO of Florens Container Services.
Ms. Singh brings deep expertise in recruiting and digital marketing, having worked for a leading Silicon Valley-based mobile design & marketing company. She has more than 13 years of experience in IT recruitment having placed software programmers, mobile and web designers, sales professionals, account and marketing professions within the U.S. and India markets.
Mr. Dhawan, former director and partner at Positive Moves Consulting, an angel investor in a Seattle-based healthcare IoT business, launched Cognitive in July. 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.
“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.”
Firms See Growth Opportunities in the U.S.
The U.S. is looking more attractive to search firms overseas seeking to expand their global search platforms. Here’s a look at just a few of the recent moves made by search firms to America, taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:
Ireland-headquartered executive search firm Ardlinn, part of the Cpl Resources Group, is opening a new office in Boston following a strong first year of performance. “Within developed markets such as the U.K. and the U.S., there is uncertainty around short and longer-term growth prospects,” said Áine Brolly, founder and director of Ardlinn.
Global legal recruiter Taylor Root entered the U.S., opening a new office in New York. It also added Helen Howard to serve as its new leader. The New York team recruits for the vast majority of corporations, with experience in recruiting newly qualified lawyers to general counsels and partners.
Carmichael Fisher expanded into the U.S. with the opening of a new office in Los Angeles. The new location is led by Justin Hobday, supported locally by two regional directors, new hire Kimberley Rice and Ciara Kelleher, who transfers from the firm’s EMEA headquarters in London.
La Fosse Associates opened its first U.S. office based in Santa Monica, the hub of Los Angeles’ thriving tech and digital sector, where it is already engaged in a number of assignments for organizations ranging from early stage start-ups to global concern. Tom Vaughan heads-up the new location and is responsible for establishing and expanding the firm’s West Coast presence.
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