about flexability

about flexability


    FlexAbilty – FlexAbility is the Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) division of ABC Consultants.

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    Founded in 1969 by Dr. Bish Agrawal, ABC Consultants is the pioneer of organised recruitment services in India.

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    To become the dominant RPO service provider through best in class innovative recruitment solutions and creating sustainable competitive advantage for our clients

  • Global RPO partnership

    Alexander Mann Solutions (AMS) is an international provider of world-class talent and resourcing functions. AMS has an exclusive partnership with ABC Consultants.

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    We are led by the most experienced thought-leadership talent in the country

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    We believe in creating a trusted partnership by improving business efficiencies, leveraging technology and adopting a proactive, consultative approach, to attain customer delight.

    To create a trust based open environment which fosters innovative ideas, enabling learning & growth and providing rewarding careers to our employees.

    To be responsible to build a scalable business and deliver fair profits to our stakeholders.

FlexAbility Company profile

FlexAbilty – FlexAbility is the Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) division of ABC Consultants. As an RPO partner for our clients, FlexAbility acts as the company’s internal recruitment function for a portion of or all the jobs in the entire recruitment lifecycle.

As each company’s business needs and recruitment objectives are different our services are also accordingly customised per client.


Founded in 1969 by Dr. Bish Agrawal, ABC Consultants is the pioneer of organised recruitment services in India. Over the years, ABC has acted as preferred recruitment partners to multinationals and leading Indian businesses to emerge as the leading recruitment brand nationally. This combined with our role as trusted consultants for Indian professionals translates into our core capability – Building Careers, Building Organisations.

ABC’s network includes offices spread across 8 major Indian cities and an international presence in Dubai. ABC has over 350 consultants who bring with them over 2400 man years of experience with leading Indian and international companies and operate through domain-specialist teams spread across the country, providing customized recruitment solutions across 16 industry verticals.

ABC is proud of its long standing relationships in the industry and the fact that 75% of its revenue comes from its existing clients, which is a testimonial of happy clients.

Flexability is derived out ABC’s strong recruitment lineage and has the capability to deliver recruitment solution to clients in multiple industry domains and locations.

ABC Consultants

Global RPO partnership

Alexander Mann Solutions (AMS) is an international provider of world-class talent and resourcing functions. AMS has an exclusive partnership with ABC Consultants. The partnership enables Alexander Mann Solutions and ABC Consultants combine to provide RPO services in India. While the partnership expands Alexander Mann Solutions international offering into one of the world’s fastest growing and most in-demand economies, it also gives customers access to a truly global, end-to-end network of RPO services

This partnership leverages a unique combination of Indian recruitment expertise, market knowledge and insight combined with world class recruitment process expertise and excellence for our clients. (www.alexmann.com)

Board & Leadership Team

ABC is led by the most experienced thought leadership talent in the country, whose creative and innovative ideas on talent management has a significant impact on organisational business strategy.

Supervisory Board & Advisory Team

Leadership Team

Piers Marmion

Piers is a Cambridge graduate and has spent over 20 years in the human capital services sector, building start-ups, managing turn-arounds and leading some of the world’s largest global enterprises, both public and private.

Piers’ early career was in private equity, following which he founded and built two UK recruitment firms, Nb Selection and Selector Europe which he reversed into the global search firm, SpencerStuart. During an extensive career with Spencer Stuart he became Managing Partner UK and Managing EMEA.

Piers has served as Global COO of SpencerStuart, Chairman & CEO of Heidrick & Struggles and CEO of Whitehead Mann.

In addition to being the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the group, he is Non-Executive Chairman of the leading global oil & gas recruitment group Maxwell Drummond, a Director of software company Candex and Chairman of London based search firm, Wilton & Bain.

Sanjiv Anand

Sanjiv is the Managing Director of Cedar Consulting. Cedar (www.cedar-consulting.com) is a leading global management and information technology consulting firm with 15 offices globally, and 800 clients. Cedar was formerly part of Renaissance Worldwide, a $1 Billion firm co-founded by the creators of the Balanced Scorecard. Cedar has won the 2010 and 2011 Award for Best Advisory Firm by Banker Middle East.

Sanjiv has been assisting global/regional clients in the area of business strategy formulation and deployment using the Balanced Scorecard, business and organizational/HR transformation, customer service strategy and IT strategy. He has executed over 200 consulting projects across a wide range of industry sectors. In addition, Sanjiv has worked with leading global venture capitalist including Standard Chartered Private Equity, Chase, and PPM in the due diligence of investment opportunities in the Asian region.

Mandated by the Board’s and CEO’s of these institutions, Sanjiv has assisted in major strategy formulation, organizational transformation, process transformation, customer segmentation and pricing, channel strategy & IT strategy projects.

Sanjiv leads consulting projects globally and has spent over 5 years living in New York, and Chicago, consulting in the US market.

He has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He also has a BE in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA from the Stern Graduate School of Business, New York University. He is a member of the Stern Global Alumni Council in New York, and has been the chair of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Bombay Chapter. He Chairs the YPO Doing Business With India Network, and writes regularly in Business India and Banker Middle East.

Dr B P Agrawal

Dr B P Agrawal is the Founder Chairman of ABC Consultants. He is based in Kolkata.


ABC Consultants was founded in July 1969 by Dr B P Agrawal. He holds engineering and management degrees from British universities and a PhD from Arizona. Supported by “tons of self-belief, hard work and more than a stroke of luck” as he himself puts it, Dr. Agrawal is widely perceived as the pioneer of professional search and selection services in India. Before starting on his own, he had worked with Eaton Yale & Towne, an American multinational company in England and Union Carbide in India.

Dr. Agrawal’s career is marked by many milestones – he has been the President of The Institute of Management Consultants of India, Visiting Professor at IIM Kolkata and Companion of The Institute of Management, London. Dr. Agrawal often shares his diverse experiences and vast knowledge at industry chambers and human resource forums. He has received the prestigious Shiromani Award for Outstanding Attainments and Enriching Human Life from former President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma. He has also been awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

Besides giving the firm a strategic direction, Dr. Agrawal also leads the Chairman’s High Circle Practice which handles the C – Level searches for clients and has personally completed over 1,000 searches for business and functional heads across various industry practices.


He holds engineering and management degrees from British universities and a PhD from Arizona.

He can be reached at 91-33-22831616 , chairman@abcconsultants.in

Toral Patel

Toral has over 18 years experience in executive search & selection.

She serves on the boards of ABC Consultants Group, Accord Group India, ABC Consultants and is a member of the Bombay chapter of the EO (Entrepreneurs Organization).

A graduate of Sydenham College, Bombay, she did her post-graduation in Personnel Management from the University of Bombay and the Accelerated Development Program from London Business School UK.

She is currently nationally responsible for the Consumer, Retail, Services and Real Estate practices for Accord Group India. In addition she has run searches in the areas of human resources, finance, media and telecoms. She has previously managed a significant portion of the ABC Consultants group operations in India & Middle East.

Sonal Agrawal

Sonal has close to two decades experience in executive search & selection in India. She co-founded and manages Accord Group India (www.accordindia.net), which conducts retained executive search for leadership talent from offices in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. The main practice areas include Professional & Financial Services, Industrials, Consumer, Real Estate, Healthcare, Media and Technology.

Accord is part of AltoPartners | Executive Search Worldwide (www.altopartners.com), a global alliance of independent executive search firms across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Sonal serves as the Asia-Pacific representative for the global management committee for AltoPartners. She has also served on the boards of ABC Consultants India, ABC Consultants Singapore and Watson Wyatt India.

Born in East Africa and raised in Kolkata, Sonal completed her MBA from the London Business School, UK. Based in Bombay, she joined the group in 1993. Apart from working with Conglomerates, she leads the Professional & Financial Services practice for Accord.

Sonal is an active member of the Young Professionals Organization (YPO), a peer network of 20,000 young global leaders in 100 nations. She was named by the Economic Times as one of the Top 10 Headhunters in India and by Businessweek, USA as one of the 150 Most Influential Headhunters in the World, 2008.

Shiv Agrawal

Shiv Agrawal is the Managing Director of ABC Consultants. He is based in New Delhi.


Shiv is a management graduate from the London Business School and possesses 14 years of experience in the executive search and selection industry.

Shiv has followed a diverse path within ABC Consultants. In 1998 he moved to Delhi from the Kolkata office and started the Consumer, Retail and Services practice. Within a short span, he took over the operations of the New Delhi office which under his leadership tripled its revenues over the next two years and subsequently was given responsibility to manage the Kolkata and Chennai offices. He was an integral part of the core management team that oversaw the highly successful JV with Manpower Inc and in October 2005, he was appointed the CEO of ABC Consultants.

In addition to managing the Indian operations of ABC, he is driving the company into newer markets such as the Middle East and is transforming the firm into a multi market, multi product organisation. A step in this direction is the launch of www.headhonchos.com in 2010 which has been founded with a vision to redefine the paradigm of senior recruitment in India and to offer senior professionals a robust Model for online job search.

An easy-going, affable boss to his co-workers, Shiv follows a people-driven management style. Under his leadership, the firm has grown from 150 consultants nationwide to over 350 today and was able to withstand the challenges of the global economic meltdown with élan. He is a certified assessor for ‘Thomas Profiling’, a psychometric testing methodology as well as an avid cricket buff and art collector.


Shiv received his MBA from The London Business School.

He can be reached at 011-49343900, md@abcconsultants.in

Vinod Subramanian

Vinod Subramanian is the Executive Director for FlexAbility RPO- the Recruitment Process Outsourcing initiative of ABC Consultants. He is based in Mumbai.


Vinod joined ABC Consultants in 2004. He has over 16 years of experience of which 9 years have been in various types of recruitment delivery. He has overseen the business acquisition, solution design and implementation for diverse RPO solutions to clients in Medical Devices, Healthcare, Investment Banking, IT, Automobile sectors. Previously he has been onsite for over 2 years and led the RPO delivery team for a large MNC investment bank and for a renowned MNC’s India IT development centre.

His previous experience of managing the senior/ middle level searches and the volume hiring, delivering on various RPO projects coupled with the ability to tap the knowledge within ABC about Indian talent market helps add value in providing a practical and hands on recruiting solution specifically tailored to each of our clients’ unique needs.

He was deputed to China to carry out an in-depth study of the Chinese recruitment market while at ABC. Prior to that Vinod was a Lieutenant in the Indian Navy Aviation core – Air Traffic control, Radar control and executing large scale Airport projects while at Goa international airport managed by Indian Navy.

Vinod received his Masters in Management from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines.

He can be reached at 91-22-66623700, vinod.subramanian@flexability.in

Aarti Dasgupta

Aarti Dasgupta is the General Manager – Client Services for FlexAbility RPO – the Recruitment Process Outsourcing initiative of ABC Consultants. She is based in Delhi.


Aarti has been a part of the ABC Consultants for the last 12 years where she has had experience in handling recruitment in the outsourcing and consulting space. She has been a founding team member at FlexAbility and has managed multiple aspects of business including Business Process Understanding, Implementation and onsite Operations & delivery. She has been instrumental in implementation of Recruitment Management System (RMS)/Application Tracking System (ATS) platforms in client engagements to improve the recruiting function and reporting capabilities. She has effectively managed diverse stakeholders across businesses and functions and strengthened relationships with open communication, commitment and delivery to clients.

She has managed the complete recruitment life-cycle from sourcing strategies, process improvement, cost efficiency gains, team development (on-site and off-site), stake holder and candidate engagement. She acts as a strong liaison between FlexAbility, the client and candidates to maintain awareness of business change. Identifying client needs and recommendations for implementation of innovative RPO strategies to meet business objectives and advancements across client industries has helped clients enormously.

Prior to ABC Consultants, she was with naukri.com.


She is a Journalism graduate from Delhi University, New Delhi and has completed her MBA from Symbiosis School of Distance Learning, Pune.

She can be reached at 91-11-66197000, aarti.dasgupta@flexability.in

Karthik Vijayaraghavan

Comes with an overall experience of over two decades in talent acquisition and recruitment process outsourcing. He is responsible for driving operational excellence throughout all client partnerships to ensure Flexability delivers superior service to every client. Leads activities to reinforce the FA culture of continuous improvement, best practices and customer satisfaction. He is also responsible for global projects managed in collaboration with Alexander Mann Solutions who are Flexability’s global RPO partners.


He is a Computer Science graduate from Osmania University, Hyderabad.

He can be reached at 91-40-4242 8585, karthik.v@flexability.in


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