“Arghyam is a grant -making foundation I set up with a personal endowment, focused on ground water and sanitation. Sunita Nadhamuni, our first CEO helped shape Arghyam’s work and values. After 7 years of stellar leadership, she wanted to move on. It is always a big challenge to hire a CEO who will take over effectively from the first CEO. As a grant-making non-profit, we wanted to bring on-board a CEO with corporate leadership experience, as we believed it would help Arghyam scale and make a stronger impact.
When we met Anu Parthasarathy for the search, we were impressed with her “can do” attitude and her ideas on what kind of person we should bring on-board. She helped us think through the role, as also the profile of an ideal candidate for the role. She helped us write out a job description that truly brought out the uniqueness of the role and, I believe, attracted the right candidates to interview with us. Eventually, we found a strong, highly-qualified, candidate who could have run a business for any large corporate, but instead chose to run Arghyam. Mala Subramaniam has definitely made a big difference to Arghyam by putting in place systems, processes, metrics and bringing a sharper focus on goals. Arghyam is in good hands and has moved to a next level of growth.
I believe Anu really gets what it takes to hire leadership for the social sector. She is able to convey the right message to attract the best talent from a larger pool, beyond the limited set of professionals within the NGO sector.”
“Her strong presentation, bringing out why a general management type person was needed in that phase of the company, enabled me to get all our interviewers on-board for the final choice. Overall, we had an excellent experience working with Anu, and a very effective one too as Ketera became the model for all Kleiner Perkins companies looking to set up offshore operations.” READ MORE +
“Anu kept in touch all through the years, asking for feedback on how the facility was shaping up, and helped us hire an Operations Head, plus an HR person too, as the facility grew. Her non-transactional approach to hiring worked very well for us, as we were a high growth company in a start-up mode. Her willingness to share compensation data, and pitch in during annual revisions made her a valuable partner for us in executing our India strategy.” READ MORE +
“We got the professionalism and standards of the best in the business, working right here in our backyard while having total familiarity with the fast changing local Bangalore and India talent market…. I found Anu and her search caliber comparable to the best US executive recruiters who work regularly with Silicon Valley start-ups. And this is especially true in terms of her professionalism – she is responsive, structured, diligent and focused – she delivers what she promises.”