ABOUT US TEAM MANAGEMENT
Ronesh Puri, Managing Director
Ronesh is an industry veteran with over 25 years experience as a headhunter. He has placed over 600 candidates in leadership position in various industries. He has placed over 100 CEO’s / Heads of institutions and independent board Directors . He works across industries and has placed CEO’s of Asset Management Companies, Insurance, Private Equity, FMCG, hospitality sector, Pharmaceutical and healthcare, Secretary General of Chambers of Commerce, telecom, IT industry, Real estate, Media to heads of leading academic institutions like Doon School to Vice Chancellors of leading Universities including BITS. He has worked with 100 organizations in India and overseas. He specializes in working with Family Owned organizations having placed over 350 candidates in leadership positions with them. He is passionate about introducing accountability to the search industry, which is fairly transactional and innovated in introducing fee linked with candidates performance model which aligns interests of the client and Executive Access. He is very a trusted advisor to a number of corporates. Prior to joining Executive Access in 1995 , Ronesh was a banker and a lawyer. He is passionate about cricket and was an AIR cricket commentator. Ronesh has written books and articles and writes frequently for Times of India.
Abhinav Jha, Director, Banking and Financial Services
Abhinav Jha is a Director, based in Mumbai. Abhinav comes with 18 years of experience in the banking and private wealth industry. In his last assignment at Yes Bank, as Executive Vice President & Senior Partner, Abhinav was a part of the founding team of "Yes Private", the proposition that the bank has for ultra-HNIs. Before that, he was a part of the family office and institution group practice at Edelweiss as a Senior Partner. At Centrum Wealth Management Ltd., as a National Client Acquisition Head, he managed teams in all the major cities dedicated to the acquisition of private wealth clients. Abhinav also spent 12 years at Citibank, where he grew in designation over the years from a Relationship Manager to a New Client Origination Head and then to a Branch Manager. Abhinav’s core strength lies in managing large relationships, originating new business, looking after P&L, and handling large teams. He is an MBA from the University of South Wales (UK). An avid golfer, Abhinav lives in Mumbai with his wife Juhi and their 8-year-old son Aryan.
Agamjeet Dang, Chief Executive Officer
Agam is the CEO, Executive Access and the Regional Head – APAC for Panorama Search, a global community of 24 large Boutique Executive Search Firms across the globe. Agam took over as the CEO in May 2022 and is responsible for providing strategic direction, managing overall P&L and day-to-day operations, and continuing to build Executive Access to be the most admired Search & Leadership Advisory Firm in India and outside.
Earlier, Agam handled dual responsibility as the COO & Managing Partner for the BFSI Practice, a role he handled with aplomb. Under his leadership, the practice registered stupendous growth consistently and became the largest within the Firm and one of the marquee ones within the Industry. He joined EA in 2015 as a Director after an enriching stint in the Corporate world spanning close to a decade, having worked with leading MNCs in the Retail, Telecom and Banking sectors, and grew consistently to become one of the youngest Managing Partners. Agam works very closely with some of the largest Banks, Conglomerates, Private Equity & Financial Institutions on a wide range of Leadership matters including Executive Search, Market Intelligence, Leadership Advisory & Coaching. In the past 7-plus years, he has worked on close to 200 such engagements, where his expertise and insights have been deeply sought and added immense value to the partners he has worked with.
He is a commerce graduate from Delhi University and did his MBA from Loyola Institute of Business Administration Chennai. He is an avid reader, sports lover, tennis player and fitness enthusiast.
Viraj Kocharekar, Partner, Emerging Business Segments
Viraj leads the digital economy practice for the firm. In addition to his primary focus areas, he is a part of the leadership council and a strategic think tank for the firm. Viraj brings with him 17 years of consulting experience in the leadership and talent advisory space. During this period, he worked in search and selection for a decade (with a predominant focus in the consumer sector). In the last 7+ years of being associated with Right Management India as VP-Strategic Solutions, he has broadly worked in an enterprise sales role focusing on solving business problems through talent solutions. Before that, at RGF Executive Search, Viraj incubated the Executive Search (ES) Practice in Mumbai. He built a retained executive search business facilitating CXO appointments in the consumer, healthcare, and professional services verticals in a short span of 17 months. Before that, at Korn Ferry and Manpower Group, Viraj was a part of the Consumer Vertical and managed middle and senior level hiring for six sub-verticals: FMCG, Media, Luxury Retail, Hospitality, Aviation, and Professional Services.
Venkat Rao V, Managing Partner
Venkat joined Executive Access in 2008. He brings with him more than 24 years of experience across diverse industries and geographies. He had a successful tenure with ITW India Ltd where he was Manager Key Accounts Sales & Service and was actively involved in cracking some of the largest accounts in south India. Later, Venkat went on to head the Manufacturing & Engineering vertical for Chennai & Hyderabad for a Global Recruitment firm where in he was instrumental in client acquisition & delivery. Venkat loves travelling and is an avid reader of management books.
He has successfully facilitated numerous CEO and CXO searches in sectors like Industrial, Consumer, Private Equity, Technology and Healthcare.
Venkat graduated in Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology (MIT),Anna University, Chennai and subsequently completed his PGDM HR from LIBA ,Chennai.
Rajesh Pundir, Managing Partner
Rajesh has spent over 18 years of his career spanning 2 decades with Executive Access. He has consequently supported, not just the evolution of practice areas, but also the underlying processes of Executive Search. While he has successfully facilitated hundreds of search assignments across sectors and functions that span multinational corporations, family businesses and SMEs, he has also built the legacy of valued partnerships. His advisory capacity is acknowledged and sought by our clients and candidates alike.His sectoral expertise is highlighted through the various projects he also undertakes for Market Intelligence studies and SWOT Analyses, apart from search.As a generalist and recognised for his analytical, leadership assessment and persuasive skills, Rajesh leads business development and complex searches for top leadership positions, particularly in the Consumer, Consumer tech, Retail and Industrial sectors. Having served a broad spectrum of clients over the years, his track record includes global executive search projects, talent projects, and organization structure and compensation advisory work. He also has expertise in engaging with mid-size, dynamic businesses and helping them build leadership capacity for future readiness.His core qualification is a Bachelors degree in Law and he has pursued his Masters in Business Administration from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. He is a sports enthusiast and an avid reader, in his spare time.
Sanjaya Subudhi, Chief Financial Officer and Business Controller
Sanjaya joined Executive Access as General Manager- Finance in 2005 and moved on to become the CFO of the company. He has over 25 years of experience and has worked with both multinational and promoter driven firms. Prior to Executive Access he was with World Phone Internet Services for 4 years as a part of their top management where he helped the company scale up and diversify. Before that Sanjay has worked with companies like Indo Asian Group, Pertech Computers Limited, Modi Cements Limited and Bharat Explosives Limited. Over the years Sanjaya has overseen financial strategy and budgeting, Treasury, fund management, investments and most other critical aspects of financial planning.
At Executive Access Sanjaya is a part of the leadership and plays a critical role in the company’s expansion and management. Sanjaya is a certified Chartered Accountant by qualification.
Vikrant Dangal, Consultant, Industrial Practice
Vikrant Dangle is a Consultant based in Mumbai. Vikrant is a part of the Industrial practice. Vikrant comes with over 16 years of diversified experience in the search business, including experience of working for different industry verticals like consumer products, engineering and manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and life sciences. He has been instrumental in managing client relations and end-to-end search execution for leadership hiring. In his previous role at Korn Ferry as a Managing Associate for Global Consumer Markets in the professional search business, he developed and grew the consumer vertical in India along with the market leader. Prior to Korn Ferry, he worked with a Japanese search firm, RGF Management Search, as a Manager for the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector. He also worked with an Indian boutique search firm, Tracers India, for about six years, where he handled multiple leadership mandates successfully for FMCG, engineering and manufacturing companies. Born and brought up in Mumbai, Vikrant lives with his parents and two younger siblings there. He is a passionate runner and enjoys exploring new places and trekking with friends.
Sandeep Gupta, Managing Partner
Sandeep Gupta is Managing Partner, and works across Banking, Financial Institutions, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Investment Banking and Alternate Investments. In addition to his primary focus areas, as a senior leader, he will be a part of the leadership Council for the firm. With over 27 years of experience in Financial Services across the U.S. and India, Sandeep has worked as an Investment Banker at Lehman Brothers, Credit Suisse, Axis Capital, and IDFC Capital and as a Private Equity professional at Actis Private Equity. He has worked with large and mid-cap financial sponsors for Financial Services, Auto, Industrial and New age economy sectors. Post his last full time role as the Managing Director of Axis Capital, Sandeep has consulted several start-ups like Ecom Express Limited and Upscalio as an in-house advisor in the areas of IPO and M&A. As a Co-founder of Tristone Capital, an Independent Investment company, he did structured credit deals worth INR 100 crores across industries. Over his career, he has worked on over 75 transactions ranging from IPOs, LBOs, and capital raising to restructurings and recapitalizations. He has done his Master’s in Business Administration from Kellogg University and a B.A. from Middlebury College in the U.S. His hobbies are weight lifting and running.