AESC Announces New Appointments to its Global Board of Directors: Sonal Agrawal Joins & Represents Accord Group India / AltoPartners

January 09, 2018 Share this article:

Press Release — AltoPartners, the international alliance of independently owned executive search firms and leadership consultants, proudly announces that Sonal Agrawal, Managing Partner, Accord Group India and a founding member of AltoPartners worldwide, joins the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) Board of Directors. The AESC Global Board of Directors consists of elected representatives from each of AESC’s three Regional Councils: Americas; Asia Pacific and Middle East; Europe and Africa. The board is chaired by Paul Benson, Regional Industrials Market Leader, EMEA at Korn Ferry and has representatives from both large integrated firms, networks and boutiques.

“It is an absolute privilege to serve the global executive search community through AESC, on behalf of Accord and AltoPartners and I very much look forward to partnering with Karen Greenbaum and the AESC board to continue to shape this profession. I have benefited tremendously from peer to peer learning opportunities while building out AltoPartners globally and I am excited about expanding this to a broader global community”, said Sonal Agrawal.

With 25 years of consulting experience, Sonal works mainly with Conglomerates and Private Equity firms, and also leads the Professional & Financial Services and the Board Practices practice for Accord. She also serves on the global Operating Committee for AltoPartners, on the boards of Accord, ABC Consultants group, and chairs a global network for The Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a peer network of 20,000 young global leaders in 100 nations. She completed her MBA from the London Business School, UK and was named by the Economic Times as one of the Top 10 Headhunters in India, by Businessweek, USA as one of the 150 Most Influential Headhunters in the World, and by Business Today magazine as one of the Next 30 Most Powerful Women in business.

Stephen Dallamore, AltoPartners Chairman, said: “I am delighted at Sonal’s appointment to the AESC Board of Directors. Sonal has an exceptional reputation, vast expertise and proven track-record across Asia Pacific, and further afield, and adds valuable insights. AltoPartners is a proud member of the AESC, and we believe that with Sonal’s appointment to the board, our partnership will continue to strengthen. We look forward to supporting Sonal and the AESC in achieving their strategic objectives.”

Karen Greenbaum, AESC President and CEO, commented: “Our Board helps AESC align our strategic direction with that of our members around the world. We are proud to represent the very best firms in the profession—whether large and global, regional or local—as we focus on new challenges facing top leaders, from global expansion and artificial intelligence to cyber risk, mass generational shift and increasing regulation.”

With 59 offices in 37 countries, AltoPartners maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. For the complete list of partner companies and territories we cover, please visit

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About AltoPartners

Established in 2006, AltoPartners is a leading international alliance of retained executive search and leadership consulting firms that combines the reach of a global network with the local knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit of independent partners working together to find the client’s perfect candidate fit. Today the alliance covers 59 offices in 37 countries and is ranked in the Top 25 Global Search Firms that Dominate. AltoPartners is a global AESC member. Our proven assessment and search methodologies, industry expertise, existing network of professional contacts, and our impressive timelines provide our clients and candidates with the best results at every opportunity. 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 countries we cover, please visit

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About Accord Group India

Accord Group India was formed two decades ago as the retained executive search arm of the ABC Consultants group, to provide leadership executive search and related consulting services to multinational, local and private equity firms in South Asia, from 5 offices across India. Accord Group India is a founding member of AltoPartners. For more information about Accord | India, please visit

About AESC

The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) is the voice of excellence for the executive search and leadership consulting profession worldwide. Its rigorous standards guide members in nearly 1,300 offices in 74 countries and beyond to serve as strategic advisors on behalf of their clients. In turn, AESC members are best positioned to provide companies with a competitive advantage—the ability to find, attract and develop the best talent in the world and ensure that executives are successfully integrated.

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