Press Release: Accord Group India and Stanton Chase India Merger

January 18, 2017
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AltoPartners Global Footprint Increases to 58 offices in 35 countries

AltoPartners, one of the most respected, entrepreneurial and fastest growing global alliances in executive search and leadership consulting, proudly announces that one of our founding partners and exclusive alliance member firm in India, Accord Group India, has merged with the erstwhile Stanton Chase India business and will relaunch as Accord | India. This merger increases the Indian business footprint to 6 offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata and enhances the AltoPartners global footprint to 58 offices across 35 countries.

Accord Group India has provided highly sought-after leadership executive search services to companies in India and the region for two decades. The merger will result in Accord | India significantly widening, deepening and further leveraging senior candidate access and engagement in India and across the globe. The merger also allows additional investment in more specialised verticals and services and considerably enhances the research capability in industry sub-sectors to give clients the benefit of even deeper domain knowledge.

Accord | India will be chaired by Dr BP (Bish) Agrawal, the chairman of Stanton Chase India and widely regarded as the pioneer of the organised search and selection profession in India, while Sonal Agrawal and Toral Patel, two of the leading senior executive search consultants in India, will remain Managing Partners of the firm. The team of 45 professionals comprises an unmatched group of senior and experienced consultants and researchers covering:

  • Consumer Retail & Services
  • Digital Media & Entertainment
  • Healthcare & Life Science
  • Industrials & Infrastructure
  • Financial & Professional Services
  • Technology & Telecom
  • Real Estate
  • Corporate Roles

Sonal Agrawal, Accord | India Managing Partner and a member of the AltoPartners Global Opertaing Committee says: “While increased scale and size are attractive, the real driver for this merger is to increase our capability to serve clients better by covering more areas within the client and candidate spectrum in executive search, as well as build out additional service offerings. We are also selectively hiring in specialist areas.”

In addition to our significant presence in India, AltoPartners has a presence across Asia-Pacific with offices in Australia, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand and maintains a strong presence across the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa. For the complete list of partner companies and territories we cover, please visit

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About AltoPartners

At AltoPartners we don’t see the world in boxes, nor do we conduct our searches in formulaic ways. We are not bound by global off-limits and our exhaustive, independent and locally relevant approach to executive search makes us incredibly unique. Our entrepreneurial structure coupled with our understanding that no two people are the same ensures we find the right person for the right job, every time. Established in 2006 as an alliance between three well-established groups, namely Accord Group, Leaders Trust International and Oxygen Executive Search, today the alliance covers 58 offices in 35 countries. The AltoPartners alliance has created a distinctive force in executive search worldwide, giving global coverage across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. For more information about the work we do and the regions we cover, please visit

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About Accord | India

We understand India. We understand its business and talent landscape. Over 20 years, we have helped numerous Indian and Global corporations build out management leadership teams. Executive Search is at the heart of what we do. The art of executive search is all about blending our experiences, our knowledge of industry, people and cultures with the scientific tools and disciplines that make up the rigorous search process, the science. The Science without the Art is meaningless. Because we understand India and its business landscape, and we understand search, we are uniquely placed to translate your executive hiring needs into successful hires.

We are an AESC certified executive search firm. We always work on a retained basis, on a limited number of engagements, bringing a bespoke approach to each search.

For more information about Accord | India, please visit

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