February 1, 2021 – Vantedge Search has been recently launched by Rajesh Khanna and Sandeep Mitra. The Hillsborough, NJ-headquartered firm specializes in executive search and talent advisory for firms across industries. Belinda Burson has been hired as managing director to spearhead global operations. “As businesses realign themselves in the post-pandemic world, executive search and talent acquisition sectors are undergoing transformation to meet changing demands,” said Mr. Khanna. “We are adapting to the new normal, as our clients continue seeking top-notch talent. This bodes well for us since our globally distributed team at Vantedge is adept at spotting leadership talent equipped with the right combination of domain and soft skills in today’s digital world.”
With more than 25 years of experience to their credit, Mr. Khanna and Mr. Mitra are entrepreneurs who also co-founded VBeyond Corp., a recruiting and lateral hiring firm. Their expertise extends across industries including healthcare, technology, digital, consumer markets, industrial, telecom and retail. Supported by a team of founders with over 50 years of combined experience, “Vantedge Search prioritizes relationships over databases,” the firm said. “The company is focused on providing cost-effective talent acquisition operations and a holistic offering including talent mapping, compensation benchmarks, employer branding, pipelining and competitive intelligence.”
Mr. Khanna has talent acquisition experience across the U.S., Canada, Singapore and India. He has recruited professional across sectors like technology, digital, consumer markets, industrial, telecom, retail and others. Mr. Khanna has worked closely with senior client stakeholders and helped identify talent challenges and helped deploy mitigation strategies.
Mr. Mitra has experience across technology, consumer goods and retail. He has sold technology to Fortune 500 companies in his past work experience and now manages and delivers senior level mandates globally. Mr. Mitra leads the firm’s sales and operations function and brings in a unique client centric approach.
Ms. Burson previously held the role of global head of executive and digital talent acquisition at global business solutions provider Sutherland. Her prior experience also includes multiple leadership roles including managing director of Braxton Cooper Inc., vice president of Solomon Case & Co., and director of Magellan International LP.
“I am excited to lead the Vantedge Search team,” said Ms. Burson. “I have always been passionate about talent acquisition and believe that headhunting is an art that can add significant value to any organization regardless of size or industry. It’s exciting to be part of a disruptor to the executive search industry,” she said. “After five years in corporate talent acquisition, it is even more clear what our clients need from us. I look forward to expanding the scope and reach of the organization and upholding the values and vision that the Founders have for Vantedge Search.”
Open for Business
Debra L. Lee, the former CEO of BET Networks, and Rabia de Lande Long, an executive coach and management consultant for top companies, have launched a bi-coastal consulting firm, the Monarchs Collective, centered on elevating black executives and women. “The Monarchs Collective answers the calls for – and clear business value of – diverse leadership, and partners with organizations and executives to make it easier to discover, develop, and promote exceptional black and women executives for boards and leadership roles,” said the firm’s new leaders. “Frustrated by a perceived lack of qualified candidates who bring diversity but inspired by the great number of extraordinary talent in their networks, the co-founders launched the Monarchs Collective to break old systems and networks. They seek to accelerate efforts to expand leadership pipelines and create measurable and sustainable systems for engaging and retaining diverse talent.”
Recruitment industry veteran Tim Walsh has launched Vetted, a boutique recruitment and outplacement firm focused on supporting Greater Boston’s innovation ecosystem. “We want to help companies navigate this new world of talent acquisition, where remote hiring and the renewed importance of diversity hiring have come to the forefront,” said Mr. Walsh. “With all that’s happened in 2020, it’s more important than ever to give back. To put that into action, we’re proud to donate 10 percent of our profits to local charitable causes while partnering with Boston-area businesses who share that mindset and are excited about the good we can do together.”
Veteran executive recruiter Steve Caliger has launched The Loring Group. Mr. Caliger has had a distinguished career as a sales leader and executive search consultant in the technology industry. He is a technology professional who has held leadership positions with several industry icons. With more than 20 years of executive search and consulting experience, Mr. Caliger develops senior leadership teams for sales, finance, product, engineering and information technology. In addition, he has done work for consumer products, financial services and non-profit organizations.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media