Rajiv Bhat

Rajiv Bhat

Chief Operating Officer

6315 Macon Road
Columbia, S.C. 29209
(202) 258 0049

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Rajiv’s background in business and education mirrors his educational accomplishments. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics and a MA in International Relations, as well as a Masters’ diploma in Education Leadership and Management from the University of Warwick, U.K. His early career included teaching at one of the oldest and most prestigious boarding schools in India and a research stint at a think tank in New Delhi focusing on international economic issues. 

Rajiv subsequently moved into the corporate arena with Unilever, the world’s third-largest consumer goods company after Procter & Gamble and Nestlé. During his 18-year career, he lived in China, Vietnam, the United States and India and worked in many different roles, including Marketing Controller, Regional Manager, Sales Director, and more.  Rajiv contributed to organizational success and change as a member on one of the early Unilever teams in China and Vietnam building the businesses in those countries as they opened up to the rest of the world. He then joined S.C. Johnson & Son and worked there from 2001 to 2011, first as Regional Sales Director, Asia and finally as Group General Manager for the Indian Sub-Continent.  In the latter position, Rajiv successfully built the business and organization from the ground up, leading nearly 700 employees across multiple countries and locations while also being part of the senior management team that oversaw international operations of the company.

After almost thirty years in the corporate world, Rajiv returned back into the world of education as Director of the International School of Panama. In his five years as HOS, he brought significant positive change to the school from an educational standpoint in terms of alignment with 21st century needs, while also making its internal processes relating to business, HR and recruitment more efficient.   

Rajiv is an innovative leader who will bring a new level of expertise and commitment to the Search Associates team. He is committed to leading practically and thoughtfully in a manner that aligns with our core values of providing the best services to both our member schools and candidates.

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Senior Associate Bridget McNamer holds an M.A. in international relations and economics from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.