Sonal Agrawal is the Managing Partner for Accord Group India. Additionally, she serves on Global Management Committee, AltoPartners - Executive Search Worldwide and is a Member, Asia Pacific & ME Council, Global Nominations & Governance Committee, AESC.
Born in East Africa and raised in India, Sonal schooled at La Martiniere College and completed a BSc from Calcutta University, followed by an MBA from the London Business School, UK.
Now based in Bombay (Mumbai) in India, she has over two decades of experience in executive search & selection in India. Accord Group India (www.accordindia.net) was incubated in 1995 and conducts retained executive search for CXO and leadership talent across industries from offices in Bombay, Delhi and Bangalore. Sonal’s core practice areas are Financial Services, Private Equity, Diverse Conglomerates and Boards.
A founding member of AltoPartners (www.altopartners.com) an AESC certified 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. Additionally, she serves on Asia Pac and Global committees at the AESC (Association of Executive Search Consultants). Apart from Accord and AltoPartners, she has also served on the boards of ABC Consultants India, ABC Consultants Singapore and Watson Wyatt India, and is also on a plc board as an independent director.
Sonal is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (www.ypo.org), a peer network of young global leaders in 100 nations, and is currently a Network officer for the Doing Business With India Network.
She 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, 2008, by Business Today as one the Next 30 Most Powerful Women to watch out for in India, and was awarded Woman Achiever of 2011 – (Professionals) by FICCI FLO.
A frequent speaker on leadership, she has been profiled regularly by leading publications including Business Today, Business India Mint, HT, India Today Woman, Marwar. Sonal also writes a column on career issues in the Mint, an affiliate of the Wall Street Journal in India.