Priya Chetty-Rajagopal

An impactful businessperson and CXO search consultant, Priya Chetty-Rajagopal is well known in business and industry circles. She recently co-founded Multiversal Advisory, representing a paradigm shift in Executive Search. In the People Consulting space from 2004, her previous assignment was as Board Member & Executive Director- Leadership & Board Practice, RGF Executive Search.

 

She joined Stanton Chase India brand in 2004 (which was acquired by RGF, the global search brand of the Japanese $ 15 billion Recruit Holding Co. Ltd.) In her initial years in Stanton Chase/RGF, her agenda as Vice President and Head of Corporate Practice was to apply a non-IT search focus in a completely IT-oriented city. Priya was active in the Global Marketing and Business Excellence Groups in Stanton Chase, playing a seminal role in establishing & heading its Global Diversity Practice. She was on the Asia Pacific Board of AESC (Association of Executive Search Consultants) till Oct 2017. She has successfully led Chief Executive Officer level search assignments for a varied selection of companies in India. She is known for the intensity, passion and commitment she brings in to understanding and delivering a variety of eclectic CXO search mandates, and has been responsible for a significant number of Diversity hires.

 

Prior to Executive Search, Priya worked for over 19 years in financial services, covering credit cards with pioneers Diners Club, as well as the services industry with Diners Business Services (DBS). With dual responsibilities as General Manager, DBS Corporate Services, and Regional Manager - Asia for Alliance Business Centers Network, USA, she interacted with hundreds of the top corporates and multinational companies setting-up in India at the time . Priya, a seasoned industry specialist, was responsible for the concept, set up, operations, marketing and profitability of the largest and most well known business centers in India. She has also provided thought leadership, high brand recall, and strategic impetus to the group.

 

A National Merit Scholar, Priya holds a Bachelor of Arts, as well as postgraduate degrees in Marketing Management and in Public Relations. Priya was nominated Femina Woman of the Year 2017, conferred the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award for Excellence in 1997, recognized by the Guild of Women Achievers in 2000, and was selected by the British Government for the Chevening Scholarship in 2004. Active in various business groups, Priya was Chairperson of the Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), Karnataka, and from 2007, elected to the National Executive Council of the IACC, the first woman to hold either of these positions. In addition to being the Founder-Chair of the IACC’s Women’s Business Council, Convener of the CII Women’s Business Leadership Forum for over 4 years till 2011, and a TiE Charter Member, Priya serves on  the Advisory Council of Common Purpose, India, Asia Pacific Council of the AESC as well as the Academic Council of her Alma Mater, Mount Carmel College.

 

As active civic evangelist & a committed, visible champion of women’s leadership and gender diversity, she is highly regarded for her views in the space and is a sought after speaker in both industry fora and academic circles. A transformational leader & seasoned campaigner, she may be  lauded as co-founder of CfB, which architected the famed Steel Flyover Beda movement in Bangalore, one of the strongest & most memorable of citizen campaigns , but  she is equally committed to heritage as the founder of #HeritageBeku & the less visible cause of Animal Welfare .  A columnist in her spare time, she remains passionate about Executive Search, Bangalore, Women’s Causes, Urban Spaces and Animal Rescue, not necessarily in that order. In her rare time off, Priya wonders about being a Google Doodle, is happiest working on animal advocacy issues, spending time with her family, curled up with her iPad or a book in hand.

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