At the Helm
Nikhil Khanna: Founder and Managing Director
Nikhil Khanna is the Founder and Managing Director of Avian Media. His public relations experience spans over two decades with rich experience in sectors like infrastructure, aviation, defence, hospitality and luxury brands. He also has deep insights into government policies and community initiatives.
Over the years, Nikhil has gained significant experience in managing media campaigns for political parties and leaders. The entrepreneurial spirit runs deep in him. He was the founder director of Friday Content Solutions, an information services company, catering to over 300 clients, which he later sold in 2003.
Nikhil established Avian Media in 2004, which has grown from an initial staffing of four people to over 120 now spread across New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata. Besides focusing on growth of Avian Media, he along with his business partner set up Chase India, an Avian associate company, in 2010 to work on public affairs mandate for leading Indian and multinational companies.
A voracious reader and a believer in the proverb ‘pen is mightier than the sword,’ Nikhil continues to contribute to various publications like The Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Telegraph, Outlook, Verve and Architectural Digest.
An itinerant traveller with passion for literature, Nikhil lives with his family in New Delhi.
Nitin Mantri: Chief Executive Officer
Nitin Mantri is the CEO and Business Partner at Avian Media. In his current role, he is leading the company's overall growth strategy, international relations / affiliations and marketing of the firm. Under his leadership, the firm has consistently grown in its network and clientele.
Nitin has almost 20 years of experience in corporate and high-tech PR and marketing communications. He has extensive experience in strategising, planning and implementing global PR campaigns, having worked with technology/e-commerce, telecommunications, security, management consultancy and corporate clients.
Nitin along with his business partner founded Chase India, an Avian associate company, in 2010 to work on public affairs and government relations mandate for leading Indian and multinational companies.
Prior to Avian, Nitin was Director at Pleon, a leading PR agency in Europe (part of the Omnicom group). At Pleon, he was responsible for the UK operations as well as heading the corporate and technology B2B practices with direct responsibility of Pleon's key accounts – IBM, Nortel, COLT Telecom, Hughes Network Systems and Infosys.
Before Pleon, Nitin worked with Microland as their Manager, Communications, for ITspace.com in Bangalore. He started his career at Genesis PR where he was heading the technology and corporate practices in Mumbai. He managed a diverse range of clients including Symantec, Intel, IBM, TATA Interactive Systems, Accenture, HLL, PowerGen and JM Morgan Stanley.
Nitin is a post-graduate in business administration. He lives in Delhi with his wife and two children. He loves playing badminton, tennis and squash.
Manash K. Neog: Associate Director
Among the early professionals to have joined Avian Media, Manash currently leads public policy, advocacy and government relations at Chase India, an associate company of Avian Media. He has gained an in-depth understanding of various sectors in his professional life of over 16 years.
With expertise in government relations, advocacy and senior media relations around sectors such as technology, defence, community development and energy, Manash has the ability to execute assignments in tight deadlines. He has been running successful campaigns for clients such as Google, British Petroleum, GMAC and UNAIDS.
Manash has a vast experience of working with various government ministries, agencies and regulatory authorities like TRAI, AICTE and FSSAI. He has successfully managed national and global programmes and has a deep understanding of issue/crisis management.
Prior to Avian, he was with Ogilvy PR and handled brands like Boeing, GAIL, 3COM and Rockwell Automation. Manash started his PR career with Good Relations, handling major international brands like Sun Microsystems, Guinness UDV, Rockwell, Airbus and Volvo.
Manash holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Delhi University and a certificate in marketing communication from All India Management Association.
Our Advisory Board
We have stalwarts from all fields on our advisory board who guide and steer our activities, ensuring an honest, ethical and committed work culture at Avian Media. The esteemed members are:
William Bissell: Managing director, Fabindia
K.C. Mehra: Resident director, Shapoorji Pallonji Group, and chairman, SKF India
Sareena Singh: Senior vice-president, Royal Bank of Scotland
Lalit Mansingh: Former foreign secretary and Indian ambassador to the United States
Mark Runacres: Former deputy high commissioner, British High Commission
Titu Ahluwalia: Founder and former CEO, ORG-MARG Research