The entrepreneurial spirit runs deep in Nikhil Khanna. He was the founder director of Friday Content Solutions, an information services company that served over 300 clients. He sold the company in 2003 and in 2004, he established Avian with just three employees and two clients - Airbus, the world’s largest airplane manufacturer, and Sona Koyo Steering, an ancillary manufacturer for the automotive industry in India. Incidentally, the three employees and the two clients are still with Avian.
Besides focusing on Avian’s growth, Nikhil and his business partners set up Chase India, an associate company, in 2010 to work on public policy mandate for leading Indian and multinational companies. He is also responsible for Avian’s dedicated investment in Content, Corporate Social Responsibilty, Digital and Public Affairs. Nikhil enjoys building relationships with media owners, senior journalists, academics, industry, corporates and the arts.
Nikhil started his career in advertising as a copy writer. Though he liked writing, he did’nt particulary like writing adverts for things he would never buy himself. By luck, the Indian economy in the 90’s had opened up and foreign companies entered the country, bringing along practises they were used to from developed, sophisticated markets. One of these was PR. Nikhil joined a company called Good Relations and worked there for 10 years.
The printed word has fascinated Nikhil since childhood and led to an interest in reading, writing, literature, poetry - anything that allows him to communicate better, to learn more, to be curious. Nikhil regularly writes for various publications like The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Telegraph, Outlook, Verve and Architectural Digest. He keeps a keen eye on the arts and was on the Advisory Board of the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi.
Nikhil lives with his family in New Delhi.