Praful is a seasoned executive search professional and has led numerous C – suite and Board mandates across the Consumer, Life Sciences, Technology, Professional Services and Manufacturing sectors. He has also worked closely with PE / VC funds, Promoters and Entrepreneurs, assisting them in deciphering their complex talent needs given the fast-paced, ever evolving and fluid business situations.
Praful has led and delivered on complex and critical cross-border mandates for clients keen to attract the best of global talent to Indian shores. He has extensive experience in consulting, sourcing and assembling the core team for multinational corporations entering India.
Prior to founding Talent North, Praful led the Consumer, PE/VC funded Company & Professional Services practice along with heading the Delhi – NCR offices at Hunt Partners. He also played the lead in designing, managing and positioning ‘Directors’ Club’ as the country’s most successful Independent Directors’ Training and Certification program.
A second-generation officer and a graduate of the prestigious National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Praful was commissioned to the Regiment of Artillery in December 2000. Over a 7-year tenure with the Indian Army, he had the opportunity to serve in the Western Sector during Operation ‘Parakram’ and as a part of the Indian Army’s Counter – Insurgency grid established under Operation ‘Rakshak’ in the state of J&K. Praful also served with a surveillance unit handling the Indian Army’s surveillance grid in the Western Sector. A volunteer for the elite Army Aviation Corps, he successfully cleared a rigorous psychological selection process before being accepted at the Indian Army’s Combat Army Aviators Training School.
Praful is an alumnus of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and post graduated with an MBA with a dual specialization in Marketing and Strategy. He also holds a Diploma in Weapon Systems from Pune University and a Certificate in Business Management from MDI, Gurgaon.
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