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Team Cognitive Talent Partners brings more than 125+ years of cumulative experience in retained executive search, Anuj Dhawan founded the firm in 2017. He draws from more than 20 years of retained executive recruiting experience partnering with clients across North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East Africa Region and India. Anuj's expertise includes retained Board Level, CEO & CXO executive talent acquisition in Corporate & Technical roles for clients across Technology, Digital, Banking, Insurance, Retail, Consumer Products, Private Equity, Captive & Third Party Shared Services, Infrastructure and Energy sectors. The team comprises of veterans from the IT enabled services sector, banking, executive search, corporate law and technology sectors.

COGNITIVE TALENT PARTNERS LLP is the next level in creating a deep domain global talent acquisition practice. Committed towards creating a global partnership with a client centric and diversity focus, we focus on aligning your core Business Strategy with Talent Acquisition. Agile and innovative, we build partnerships with Boards, Promoters, Investors and Leadership to create transformative, entrepreneurial and culturally quick assimilating winning teams.

With a constantly evolving business ecosystem and rapid disruptive changes in technology, the meaning and attributes needed for optimal business leadership has changed. We know the pressure you are under to find leaders who fit in your organization and have the vision to take your business strategy forward. Our services and approach are geared towards finding the right fit for your business. So, you can make the best decisions possible while minimizing risk.

Cognitive Talent Partners Appoints Abba Manchanda as Partner & Head of US Operations

Abba Manchanda joins Cognitive Talent Partners as Partner & Head of US Operations

AppleNEW YORK, July 24, 2020 (Newswire.com) - (New York City, N.Y.) Cognitive Talent Partners is pleased to announce that Abba Manchanda has joined the firm as a Partner & Head of US operations. Cognitive Talent Partners (CTP) is a boutique executive search firm specializing in technology, private equity, retail, healthcare, banking and financial services.
In her new role, Manchanda will work closely with the CTP team in continuing to build the firm’s retained executive search presence in the US and around the world. Manchanda will be based in New York but will split her time between the firm’s clients in the US and other global markets.
Upon Manchanda joining the team, Founding Managing Partner Anuj Dhawan noted, “Abba’s entrepreneurial background and global sales experience will be a tremendous asset to our business globally. Her breadth of experience – not only having built a recruiting practice from the ground up in New York but also as VP of Sales with VistaJet - means that she brings a strong understanding of our clients’ business and needs to her new role. Culturally and professionally, Abba will be a great fit in our executive search team.”
“I am honoured by the opportunity to join Cognitive Talent Partners, steered by visionary founders,” explained Manchanda. “Leading the team’s US operations is an exciting responsibility and one that I am well-equipped to accomplish given my many years of experience working with high profile executives. I am confident that my expertise combined with the firm’s global capabilities and talented team will result in continued growth and success.”
Prior to CTP, Manchanda was the Vice President of Sales at VistaJet (Private Jet Charter, Private Jet Hire & Chartered Jet Flights corporation disrupting the Private Jet Lending space) where she worked with entrepreneurs and corporations globally to drive sales and scale up the business. Manchanda grew up living in London, New York and India. She attended New York University where she received an undergraduate and master’s degree in communications. Manchanda began her career at Wall Street in sales and trading at a leading corporate investment bank. In 2009, Manchanda co- founded her own business, Micky London, working closely with C-suite executives of marquee retailers such as Amazon, Target, Forever21, QVC to name a few.
About Cognitive Talent Partners - Cognitive Talent Partners is a boutique and global retained executive search firm specializing in technology, private equity, retail, healthcare, banking and financial services. The firm is committed towards creating a seamless global partnership with a client centric approach and strong diversity focus towards delivering the finest executive talent across countries. Agile, nimble and innovative, the firm builds partnerships with Boards, Promoters, Investors and Leadership teams to create transformative, entrepreneurial and culturally quick assimilating winning teams. www.cognitivetalentpartners.com Source: Cognitive Talent Partners

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Boutique & Customer Centric

Attracting best talent is a complex and time-consuming process. We believe in a boutique, client-centric methodology where we focus on delivering top leadership to our clients using global research, deep domain knowledge, technology and consulting.

Innovative Research Methodology

By making strategic investments in Technology, Analytics and new capabilities we find talent solutions that lead to tangible business impact.

Deep Industry Domain Knowledge

Complex strategic challenges need an insider's understanding. We understand this and our extensive domain knowledge, partnerships with business and thought leaders, and global research mechanisms allow us to provide an in-depth perspective and solutions.

Business Intelligence & Value Added Services

Finding the right person for the right role is a complex process. We bring our domain knowledge, cross border research methods, industry partnerships, in-house developed strategic market reports and search experience to design our search strategy that aligns with the client's strategic business goals.

Diversity Focus, Board Consulting

Diversity breeds Innovation. In a complex and fiercely competitive global business environment, diversity is no longer just a strategic imperative but a key component of success and growth. Which is why we help create talent diversity for clients to drive internal innovation and creativity - and ultimately strategic growth.

Global Talent Acquisition & Movement

With businesses expanding across geographies, we use a dynamic and validated search approach, analytics and deep industry knowledge to provide a truly cross-border service and acquire the best talent from across the globe.


We take immense pride in what we do. Along with us comes decades of industry experience to the table. This insider perspective means we invest a lot of time understanding our client's requirements and how to solve complex HR problems.

Our client centric approach drives mindful interaction with businesses and candidates that foster respect, transparency, and trust. Collaboration, Accountability, Integrity, Agility and Diversity. These are the 5 core values underpinning everything we do at Cognitive Talent Partners LLP.

Abba Manchanda

Partner & Head of US Operations

Ajay Bakshi

Global Client Partner & Global Human Resources Advisory Practice

Sophia Jacob

Engagement Manager

Manpreet Bains

Senior Consultant

Anisha Sharma

Global Client Partner Europe


Engagement Manager

Global Financial Services & Technology, MALAYSIA

Reena Kujur

Engagement Manager – Global Technology & Financial Services Practice

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