Nikhil Khanna

Executive Chairman, Avian WE

Executive Chairman, Avian WE

As the executive chairman at Avian WE, Nikhil Khanna oversees everything from finance to new business developments. It’s Nikhil job to help grow Avian WE’s presence in APAC and around the world.

Nikhil has over two decades of experience in infrastructure, aviation, hospitality, luxury brands, public affairs and community initiatives. Nikhil started his career in advertising as a copywriter and a few years later he joined the PR firm Good Relations. He was also the founder and director of the information services company Friday Content Solutions, serving over 300 clients. In 2003, Nikhil sold the company, going on to establish Avian Media in 2004. Avian Media began as a small company with only three employees and two clients: Airbus and Sona Koyo Steering. In addition to focusing on Avian Media’s growth, in 2011 Nikhil set up Chase India to work on public policy mandates for leading Indian and multinational companies. In 2018, Avian Media and WE Communications India merged to become Avian WE, with Chase India remaining as a separate consultancy owned by Avian WE. In Nikhil’s 14 years at the agency, he has led its dedicated investment to content, digital and public affairs, working with clients such as eBay, MasterCard, Sony, and Bloomberg, to name a few. A hands-on leader, Nikhil has been instrumental in redesigning the agency’s approach to content. Combining authentic multimedia content with omni-channel distribution, Avian WE has seen positive results with marquee retainer clients such as Samsung and VMware.

When Nikhil isn’t at work, you can find him reading and writing. He frequently writes for publications such as The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Telegraph, The Outlook, Verve and Architectural Digest. Nikhil also loves to travel and takes the time to switch off at his family home in the hills.

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