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Avian WE Bolsters Leadership Team

WE Press Releases

4/1/2019

Manash Kalita Neog & Neha Mehrotra take on expanded responsibilities; Girish Huria returns to Avian WE

NEW DELHI – April 1, 2019 - Avian WE, India’s leading public relations firm, today announced a strengthened leadership structure that will support its growth plans and enhance its ability to deliver an enhanced set of client services. The firm has elevated senior leaders and bulked up its leadership team with a key hire to drive deeper connections across capabilities and sectors to meet the needs of its expanding portfolio of multi-market clients.

  • Neha Mehrotra, who is currently the National Head –PR, will assume a new role as the firm’s EVP- Client Centricity,
  • Manash Kalita Neog, will continue to lead Chase, the public policy and advisory subsidiary of Avian WE, as EVP-Public Policy, and
  • Girish Huria joins Avian WE as EVP-Growth and New Initiatives

Neog, a founding member of Chase, has used his rich public policy experience and business acumen to shape Chase into a leading policy research and advisory firm with growing practices in healthcare, food & beverage, technology, sustainable environment and climate change. The firm provides advisory services to organisations for mitigating business risk through insight-based policy advocacy campaigns He will build on his role as EVP-Public Policy to include new responsibilities, while continuing to set Chase up for the future.

Mehrotra, one of the early members of Avian WE, has strengthened and diversified its client roster and has been the strategic and creative mind behind some of its best work. In this new role, she will work hand in hand with WE’s world class sector leaders to bring the very best to clients, while continuing to enhance the overall approach to client experience and drive client growth across new sectors and markets.

Girish, who had a successful stint at Avian WE, was previously at Ketchum as President and prior to that with eBay as Head of Communications. In his new role, Huria will be responsible for developing and executing all corporate marketing efforts, including brand awareness, leading new business initiatives, and overseeing the company’s business in South India. 

“Our Avian WE team is a powerhouse that represents the very best of WE, terrific people who are focused on producing impactful work for our clients,” said WE Global COO Kass Sells. “These moves further strengthen our leadership team and build on our positive momentum across India.”

“We have reached an exciting juncture in our business– through the merger with WE, addition of several marquee clients and the growth of our sectors. The time is right for making strategic changes to our leadership team to serve our clients better," said Nikhil Khanna, Executive Chairman.

Nitin Mantri, Group CEO, Avian WE, said: "Neha and Manash are strong leaders and their new roles will enable them to expand their skills and build a strong foundation of growth. I am also happy to welcome Girish back to the Avian WE family. Girish is an experienced and trusted leader who will help Avian WE capitalise on important opportunities as we continue to innovate and grow."

 

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About Avian WE

Avian WE (previously Avian Media) is among India’s leading public relations companies. Established in 2004, we operate in four specific domains – public relations, digital (EXPD), social impact and public affairs, which is led by our subsidiary, Chase India. We are over 225 people across six cities in India. Our strategic thinking and seamless execution of integrated campaigns have attracted top brands from around the world, winning us accolades like Sabre golds and ‘Best Consultancy of the Year’ awards from Fulcrum (2017), ICCO (2017 and 2015) and The Sabre Awards South Asia (2015). In recognition of our people-first culture, we have received the Great Place to Work certification for three consecutive years since 2017. We are the only PR firm to be recognised among India’s Great Mid-Size Workplaces - 2018: Top 50. We were awarded the Best National Consultancy to Work for in India by The Holmes Report. We won a bronze in the ‘Best Culture’ category of Campaign’s South Asia Agency of the Year Awards in 2018. http://www.avianwe.com/