Nihar Chhaya

Executive Coach and President, PartnerExec

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Nihar Chhaya — Executive Coach and President, PartnerExec

Nihar Chhaya is a Wharton and Columbia-trained corporate executive coach and keynote speaker with over 20 years of business experience and leader development techniques backed by strategic business training at the world’s top institutions.

His coaching approach involves inquiry, observation and feedback based on insight from both the leader and key stakeholders. He also integrates a high level of business acumen to ensure pragmatic development within corporate goals. Nihar is often requested to advise highly successful leaders in the following areas:

  • Successfully achieving next level executive impact on business results, team engagement and strategic visioning, particularly during times of complex change.

  • Practicing self-awareness, confidence and interpersonal connection to achieve critical enterprise goals while inspiring the company around a shared purpose.

  • Developing agility in influencing audiences with varying needs (e.g. cross- functional team members, clients, peers, investors and other stakeholders), through communication styles that balance confidence and drive with empathy and trust.

  • Setting habits to act strategically while delegating effectively for flawless execution.

He is a trusted coach to the C-suite and leaders at global companies including: American Airlines, Baker Hughes, BitPay, Bloomin’ Brands, Bridgestone, Cigna, Coca-Cola, Cox Communications, Dell, Eli Lilly, GameStop, GE, FedEx, JP Morgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, L-3, McCann Worldgroup, Polo Ralph Lauren, Pioneer Natural Resources, Raytheon Technologies, Royal Caribbean, Royal Dutch Shell, 3M, Target, and Wieden+Kennedy, and many others.

He is most requested to advise highly successful leaders in achieving next level executive impact on business results, team engagement and strategic visioning, particularly during times of complex change. Nihar's coaching helps leaders succeed by practicing self-awareness, developing agility, learning how to cultivate influence and setting new habits that enable strategic impact while executing flawlessly.

In addition to coaching and speaking to global audiences, Nihar is a contributing writer on leadership to The Harvard Business Review and Forbes, and has been featured in Fast Company, Deloitte University Press, Ladders, and The Huffington Post. As one of the top thought leaders in the coaching industry, he has keynoted and trained thousands of coaches at the World Business and Executive Coaching Summit (WBECS). Nihar is a Fellow at the Institute of Coaching, McLean/Harvard Medical School. He also holds the Master Corporate Executive Coach (MCEC) designation from the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches and the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) accreditation from the International Coach Federation.

An avid speaker, Nihar teaches a highly-rated leadership seminar for executive MBAs at Southern Methodist University’s Cox Business School and lectures on executive development to the Georgetown University global alumni community.

Nihar brings a high level of business credibility to his coaching, having personally held leadership roles in finance, sales and marketing at several global corporations. During his career, he co-founded the internal strategic planning group of Limited Brands (NYSE: LB) in the office of the CFO. He also coached the CEO of several startups in South America on behalf of the Endeavor organization.

As a Senior Executive Coach at Korn Ferry and a Senior Consultant at CEB Gartner, Nihar advised boards and CEOs on leadership development. Prior to starting his coaching practice, he was the Head of Talent and Executive Development at Texas Instruments, developing technology and functional experts into successful business leaders.

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