– cornerstones of our success
Ad Astra is a full-suite bespoke talent solution firm established in January 2007. We offer the best in recruitment practices to our clientele who range from marquee Fortune 500 firms to emerging growth corporations and startups. We attribute our success to proven best practices, our people and in-depth understanding of our clients. Ad Astra is committed to helping organisations identify star talents in order to maintain leadership positions in their chosen markets.
Ad Astra has been ranked No. 1 among Top 5 Most Promising HR Consulting Companies in India by SiliconIndia. They have ranked us as a firm in India that specializes in blending the global resources and best practices, thus meeting the talent demands of clients. Ad Astra is a women-owned organisation and our promoters have been ranked among top 25 women entrepreneurs building India globally. Ad Astra has won awards from Fortune 50 firms for being a partner of choice for diversity hiring.
Our Value Proposition
Recruitment in Metro &
Rural areas pan India
Overall Team of 200+
Leadership team with
150+ yrs of
for Bespoke Solutions
Powered by ML & AI
To be the leading HR Solutions provider in Asia, a respected employer and the preferred vendor of choice.
To change lives everyday – one job at a time.
Dedication to Every Client’s Success – through innovation and excellence in quality
Building Integrity and Trust – through honest work ethics and fair policies for clients and employees alike
Leading with Sensitivity – through thoughtfulness and responsibility
The Chairperson at Ad Astra, Jayanthi Yeshwant, drives the Business Strategy and expansion of the company. She is a Post Graduate in Commerce equipped with over 25 years of experience in the Banking, Financial Services and Internet Services domain. Before co-founding Ad Astra, she has worked with various Indian and International Banks and in her last assignment, was the Senior Director at Societe Generale based out Singapore. In her career, she has successfully launched various businesses while working with different banks/companies. Her vast network and passion for quality delivery have been instrumental in building a world-class Executive Search Practice for Ad Astra. With a diverse experience working across cultures and different geographies, including India, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and China, she strives to make Ad Astra a truly global firm with clients spread across more than 33 countries.
Nirupama V.G.Managing Director
The Managing Director and mastermind behind Ad Astra, Nirupama V G, comes with a 25-year experience in HR, Business Development, and Recruitment Consulting. As part of the Management Team, Nirupama has co-founded 3 of India’s largest HR Consulting firms which were later acquired by Multinational HR firms. She has been an integral part of many Multinational companies successfully setting up their operations and has been driving successful service delivery in some of the toughest industries. She is revered as a Thought Leader in the HR Consulting and Recruitment Industry in India. She has also served on the Executive Council of Executive Recruiters Association and is a Career Mentor with Monster– the world’s largest job portal. She holds an MBA in HR from NIPM, India.
Arnold MascarenhasHead of IT and International Business
Arnold comes with over 15 years of experience in Talent Acquisition in the Information Technology space, having worked with a diverse set of companies in IT services, Banking & Financial Services, Bio-Technology and Hospitality sectors. In his various stints, he has been instrumental in setting up customized hiring processes and building high performance teams that have been valued partners in many a growth story. Arnold currently Heads Information Technology hiring and International Business at Ad Astra. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a Masters in Business Administration
Sourav BoseVice President
A co-founder of Ad Astra, Sourav Bose, heads the international business and India’s eastern region Business Operations. His MBA from Burdwan University, India coupled with over two decades of experience in Business Development and Recruitment Consulting, has made him an expert in Turnkey Project Management. He has helped various companies set up their operations in the eastern region of India. He believes in a focused approach and continuous investment to enhance operational and delivery standards. He specialises in the implementation of global best practices along with a blend of technology and CRM. In his stint before Ad Astra, he built the entire business of a large recruitment firm, which made the company one of the top 3 firms in a span of 1 year.
Meera RamanVice President
Meera is a marketing professional with 21+ years of experience working with product companies at various stages of their evolution – from initial funding to IPO and beyond. In Ad Astra, she heads the Sourhtern Region and works on growth projects, strategic initiatives, and transformation roadmap of the company. She specializes in Strategic planning and leadership, operations management, and driving new industry initiatives. She is a graduate of Business Administration and holds a Masters in Communication.
Ashesh PattnaikVice President
Head of Temp Practice Business, Ashesh Pattnaik comes with 16+ Years of rich and insightful experience from Fortune 500 and Fortune Global 500 staffing company. Instrumental in setting up temping business in large Multinationals, increase branch footprints across locations and an integral part of setting up large scale operations. Experienced Leader Skilled in Business Strategy, P&L Ownership, Operations Management, Business Development, Talent Management,Employee Engagement, Recruiting. He holds a Masters Degree in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations(MPMIR) and Master in Statistics(MSc-Statistics) with Management program from L.N Wellingkar Institute of Management and Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies.
Manuj BijGeneral Manager
Packed with two decades of experience in the talent search and staffing industry, Manuj, has been successful in placing CXO talents in industries like FMCG, Automobile, Consumer Durable, Telecom, Heavy Manufacturing, Chemical and Infrastructure. He has successfully executed multiple RPOs and Project Hirings, for various multinationals and large Indian corporations. He currently heads the northern region operations for Ad Astra. He enjoys networking and creating high-performance teams while being adept at key Account Management and Business Development. He is a commerce graduate and MBA by qualification.
Bikram BasuGeneral Manager
The head of Business Development of the western region, Bikram Basu, has experience in various areas like sales, marketing, consulting and business development. Before moving to Consulting 10 years before, he has had 15 years of experience in training, logistics and telecom. In Ad Astra, as a part of the Strategy Team, he works on the acquisition and mining of National Strategic Accounts, utilising his expertise in research. He is a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from NIS Sparta, India.
Dr G K JayaramAdvisory Board Chairperson
G.K. Jayaram is the founder and managing director of the Institute of Leadership and Institutional Development (ILID). He was the first Chairman of Infosys, and the Founding Director of the award-winning Infosys Leadership Institute based in Mysore. Jayaram has had a four decades-long career in the consulting and corporate worlds.
V RajaAdvisory Board Member
In a career spanning over 37 years in Fortune 100 companies, including Philips ( 2 years) , GE (14 years) and Unilever (8 Years), held leadership roles such as CEO (13 years), CFO (11 years), Business Development Director, Sourcing, Commodity Buying head, HR and Legal cum Secretarial leader.
D N PrasadAdvisory Board Member
Conferred as a Master Professional(IHRP-MP) by Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP) in 2019, D N Prasad is well-known in the HR Space. He has now joined Public Service with the Singapore Government, as Senior Director for Strategy, People and Organization, with GovTech. Prior to this he worked Infosys for over seven years and in google for eleven years. Currently serves on the board of Management Studies of T.A. Pai Management Institute.