“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.”
"Anu has been working with Ather since 2016 and has on boarded several very high caliber leaders across disciplines and spanning multiple industries. She's one of those rare folks who argues (and usually convinces) for hiring for the right fit for ambition, energy and seniority, both ways. At a startup cultural fitment matters more than anything else and Anu has a keen eye for cultural fitment. Her assessment of a candidates fit in the company culture and environment is eerily accurate and something I have come to rely and trust quite a lot on."
“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 +
“I believe senior executive search comes very naturally to Anu – she is a born network builder with a good sense for people…. Her complete familiarity with and ease of navigating the “India-US corridor” is truly valuable.” READ MORE +