Industry Practices

  • Industrial & Infrastructure
  • Hospitality & Standalone F&B Service
  • Service Industries
  • Consumer & Retail
  • Technology Enabled Businesses

Industrial & Infrastructure

The Manufacturing sector has gained significant impetus under “Make in India” initiative of the government. The sector grew at a rate of 7.7 % in FY 2017-18. The aim to transform India into a manufacturing hub has led to global interest in setting up manufacturing units across the country to the extent that India is poised to become the 5th largest manufacturing country in the world by 2020.

Grassik’s Manufacturing Practice was initiated in 2010. It was later re-christened to Industrial & Infrastructure, given the wide portfolio of segments that Grassik caters to within the practice. We were able to attract top quality talent from the industry resulting in forging strong associations with leading Domestic and Multinational manufacturing corporations and rapid growth of the vertical. The in-depth understanding and technical expertise in the team has led to successful closures of niche and critical leadership mandates, Diversity based searches and new-age technology and data driven mandates. Additionally, we are actively engaged with organisations operating in the space of Renewable and Sustainable Energy. The sector continues to remain a vital cog in the Grassik setup.

Your Consultant for Industrial & Infrastructure

Chitra Dewan


AVP – Digital L&D Transformation / Group Company Secretary / Cloud Architect / Director – Secure Power Oracle Delivery / Cyber Security Certification Consultant / IT Business Partner / Various Gender Diversity hiring Projects – Leading global Energy management & Automation organisation

Head Construction / Head legal – One of India’s largest Power & Steel companies

National Production Head – India’s largest PVC & Doors manufacturing organisation

COO for Malaysia – Prominent Engineering organisation

National Sales Manager / Financial Controller – Global manufacturer in Electrical installations

Head HR / Manufacturing Manager – Global High performance Materials organisation

Head Railways / Internal Auditor / DGM HR – Global Power & Thermal Management solutions organisation

Head Production / KAM – Life sciences / AGM Strategic Sourcing – Global High Precision Auto Components organisation

National Production Head / Deputy CFO / Head Strategy / Head Business Finance / Head Business Transformation / Head Procurement / Head Power Plant / Head – Marketing (Plastics) / Head HR – Leading Indian Business Conglomerate into Chemical manufacturing

Hospitality & Standalone F&B Service

Tourism and Hospitalty sector has been one of the most significant contributors to the Service sector in India. The sector, as a whole, has attracted Foreign investment worth US$ 10 billion since 2000. Most major hotel chains have their expansion plans lined up over the next 3 –  5 years as the Government’s E-Visa scheme shall only lead to a surge in the overall business. Record number of foreign tourist arrivals (10 million foreign tourists arrived in India in 2017-18) coupled with the ever-increasing domestic tourism and air travel is leading the uptrend in the sector. The Mid Segment Hotels have led the growth of Hotel organisations in the last decade to the extent that most major International Hotel chains have introduced their Mid-segment and budget brands in the country. Domestic players including Taj Hotels have followed suit.

Food and Beverage Service has been a burgeoning segment over the last few years. With an increase in International travel, Indian consumers have come of age and are ready to experiment with varied cuisines and flavours. F&B entrepreneurs have faster access to capital for investment and growth and hence, are able to source the best ingredients from within the country and abroad. Expat Master chefs are being hired for the first time outside of Hotels hence, creating the most authentic culinary experiences.

Grassik became the first Search Firm in India with a dedicated Hospitality Practice in 1993 and has remained the undisputed leader in this sector ever since. From being the Go To Search firm for any luxury Hotel organization, we have now created a holistic Hospitality business practice encompassing the entire gamut of Hotels (Luxury, Mid Segment and Budget) and the Food and Beverage segment. Within the F&B space, we count the best known brands across the country as our active clients most of which have come through references from existing clients, testimony to the high levels of efficacy and relevance that we continue to strive towards.

Your Consultant for Hospitality & Standalone F&B Service

Rakesh Popli


Multiple CXO and Leadership level mandates (Hotels and F&B Service Brands)

General Manager / Hotel Manager (Expat and Indian Nationals) – Luxury & Mid-Market Hotels

Corporate Heads (Operations / HR / Finance / Revenue / Culinary / Supply Chain / Sales) – Hotels & Standalone F&B Service brands

Restaurant General Managers / Head Training / Head Supply Chain – Various QSR Chains

General Manager / Hotel Manager (Expat and Indian Nationals) – Luxury & Mid-Market Hotels

Executive Chef / Culinary Director (Expat and Indian Nationals) – Luxury Hotels & Prominent Restaurants

All HODs (Across Operational and Support functions)

Head Culinary (Cloud Kitchens) – India’s leading Food Delivery organisation

Service Industries

The services sector is the key driver of India’s economic growth. The sector contributed around 54.0 % of India’s Gross Value Added in 2017-18 and employed 28.6 per cent of the total population. It has also received close to $70 billion in FDI over the last 2 decades and hence has played a significant role in shaping the Indian economy.

The Service Industries Practice was ideated as a feeder practice to the other Core verticals of Grassik. Over the years, it has come into its own as a Practice driven by a highly efficient team, relentless in its pursuit of creating a high value and an agile business practice. Our Consultants in this vertical come from diverse backgrounds with experience in P&L management, Business expansion and Executive Search. They bring with them a vast and varied network of professionals spread across geographies, functions and industries and hence, are able to deliver on mandates with extreme agility and efficacy. The vertical caters to a select range of industries including Logistics, Real Estate / IPC, Education (online & offline), Cinema, and Healthcare. This high performing vertical remains core to Grassik’s future growth and continues to pave its own path to success.

Your Consultant for Service Industries

Suhita Banerjee


Real Estate / IPC
  1. Executive Director West / General Counsel / Executive Director Marketing – Global IPC organisation
  2. CFO / Chief Legal Office / Head Finance – Well known Real Estate organisation
  3. GM Branding / GM Finance / Director Capital Markets / DGM Leasing – Prominent Real Estate Firm
  1. Lead – Enterprise Sales / Enterprise Sales Manager (Multiple) / Senior Business Development Manager
  2. Lead – Philanthropy
  3. Vice President North
  1. Head Finance (GCC) / Head Procurement (GCC)
  2. Unit Heads
  3. Head Marketing
  4. Head Projects / General Manager Maintenance
  5. Head Hospitality
  6. VP and AVP Sales / Sales Strategy Head
Financial Services
  1. Business Head Sales & Operations
  2. Head – Builder Relations
  3. Regional Managers (Multiple)
  1. Senior Customer Success Manager.
  2. Solutions Design Manager
  3. Assoc. Director Operations
  4. Lead Business Development

Consumer & Retail

Fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) is the 4th largest sector in the Indian economy. It has 3 primary constituents – food and beverages which accounts for 19 per cent of the sector, healthcare which accounts for 31 per cent and household and personal care which accounts for the remaining 50 per cent.

The FMCG sector has grown from US$ 31.6 billion in 2011 to US$ 49 billion in 2016. The sector is further expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 20.6 per cent to reach US$ 103.7 billion by 2020.

This growth is being led by the Rural segment, where higher awareness and easier access and availability to FMCG products coupled with ease of transactions has lead to expected growth at a CAGR of 14.6 per cent, which is further expected to reach US$ 220 billion by 2025 in the coming years reflective of the sheer significance the segment carries and shall continue to in times to come.

The Consumer Goods Sector has made a radical shift in its distribution strategy in recent years with their own online platforms and Online Marketplace platforms. These have led to immediate access to products for customers and will only grow in prominence in times to come.

Grassik began its Consumer Goods Business practice in the mid 90s and has, over the last 2 decades, built it into a stable and a highly Effective practice. We cater to a host of Domestic and International FMCG and Retail organisations across the country. Additionally, we have partnered with Start up organisations and assisted them in setting up their Leadership teams. Most of our consultants in the Consumer team members have spent at least 5 years with Grassik making it one of our most stable Practices. We continue to feed the vertical with a wide variety of clients and have successfully closed multiple Leadership roles in India and abroad. Given the Strong indicators for the sector in India, Grassik continues to lay increased emphasis on ensuring consistency and growth of this practice.

Your Consultant for Consumer & Retail

Jyoti Khitha


CFO / Director Supply Chain / Director Production – One of the world’s largest Multinational Liquor Companies

Global Supply Chain & Purchase Director – World’s leading Anti-Fungal & Antibiotics organisation

Head Digital / Head Finance (Modern Trade) – One of the largest FMCG Beverage organisations (Find more)

Head Marketing / Head Visual Merchandising – Renowned Apparel retail organisation

Chief Information Officer / Head Buying & Merchandising – Leading British Retailer

CEO (Personal Care Business) / Business Head (Snacks) / National Sales Manager (Personal Care) / Business Head (International Business) / Business Manager (Salon Business) / VP Sales – Leading Indian FMCG organisation

Global Brand Head / Head – Strategic Initiatives (M&A, Innovation, Digital & Marketing), Business Head (Personal Care), COO Malaysia, Head Marketing (Personal Care) – FMCG organisation into personal care

National Customer Service Manager / National Salon Manager – One of the fastest growing Global MNC into Consumer Durables

Country Marketing Head – Saudi Arabia / AVP IT – One of the largest FMCG players in India

Chief Finance Officer / Chief Sales officer / Business Head (Mars) / Business Head (Dairy) / Business Head (Wine & Spirits) –  One of the largest Trading organisations in Nigeria

Technology Enabled Businesses

Over the past decade, the startup ecosystem has been thriving in India. Entrepreneurship was given a big push by the Indian Prime Minister’s initiative of “Startup India Stand up India”. Driven by the digital revolution, inflow of foreign capital, higher data penetration at affordable costs, India has become a hotbed for young enterprising entrepreneurs. Walmart acquiring Flipkart, Amazon & Uber making substantial investments and multiple startups taking their operations to a global scale are testament to what the sector has to offer.

As the tech enabled industry transitions from start-up to  growth to maturity, it offers tremendous opportunities to the country’s youth. This exponential growth requires exceptional & unique talent. Grassik has been at the forefront of this talent revolution, guiding and enabling organisations build their critical leadership teams.

The Technology Enabled Businesses Practice was ideated to cover the entire spectrum of tech enabled services including E-Commerce, Ed-tech, Fintech, Medtech, IOT, OTT, Digital Media etc.  delivered through proprietary technologies based on cloud computing, Internet & SaaS.


Your Consultant for Technology Enabled Businesses

Sahil Thakur


Chief Financial officer – E-commerce Company

Chief Legal Office – E-commerce Company 

VP Marketing – Food Tech Delivery Company

VP Transformation – Co-living startup

VP Human Resources – Food Tech Delivery Company

VP Growth Strategy – Co-living startup

Business head, Enterprise India – Global CSR & Sustainability platform

Head of Marketing – Fantasy Gaming company

Head Customer Experience – Food Tech Delivery Company

Head Digital Marketing – E-commerce Company

Head Operations Strategy – Food Tech Delivery Company

Head HR – Agri tech Company

Head Legal – Online Fashion Marketplace

Head of Sales – Global CSR & Sustainability platform

Head IT – Digital Payments Company

Head Sales & BD – Ecommerce Company

Vice President/Head Engineering – Indian Ecommerce Company

Chief Technology Officer & CoFounder – B2B Ecommerce Company

Head of Technology – Healthcare Tech Organization

Head of Engineering – Co-living startup

Director Product – online fantasy gaming company

Director of Engineering – Healthcare Tech Organization

Director of Product – Healthcare Tech Organization