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Slide A highly sought-after executive coach, Nihar is the President and founder of PartnerExec. He has been selected to develop executives at global companies including:

American Airlines, Becton Dickinson, Coca-Cola, Cox Enterprises, Dell, Devon Energy, Eli Lilly, ExxonMobil, FedEx, Flowserve, GameStop, GE, Hershey, JCPenney, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, L-3, McCann Worldgroup, Medtronic, Pioneer Natural Resources, Raytheon, Royal Caribbean, Shell Oil, Target, Texas Instruments and others.

Nihar’s clients report that his highly attentive and thoughtful coaching sessions provide the critical space for reflection and planning that is rarely available to busy executives. They get a trusted sounding board for creative, innovative solutions (lateral thinking) while also having an accountability partner for making hard decisions (linear movement).

Nihar deeply cares for the executives he coaches, helping them confront truths about success in business and leadership in a trusted, non-judgmental way.

He supports them toward finding their own process to solve business and interpersonal challenges. He also is a champion for the leader's company, believing that an executive's highest potential is reached when those around him/her are elevated as well.

Business, Leadership and Coaching Expertise

Nihar is a contributing writer on leadership to Harvard Business ReviewForbes, and Fast Companyand he has been featured in Deloitte University Press, The Huffington Post, The Ladders and more.

He was selected among the top coaches in the world as part of Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coachesand is a keynote speaker and thought leader training thousands of coaches at the World Business and Executive Coaching Summit (WBECS).  Nihar holds the PCC (Professional Certified Coach) credential from the International Coach Federation and the CPCC (Certified Professional Co-Active Coach) certificate from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI).

He also holds the Master Corporate Executive Coach (MCEC) designation from the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches.  In addition, he is a Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching Certified Coach and is certified in the Hogan suite of leadership assessments and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Nihar’s executive career includes formerly leading Talent Development for the digital semiconductor businesses and all corporate functions at Texas Instruments.  He has also held senior consultant roles at PDI Korn/Ferry and the Corporate Executive Board as well as sales, strategy, and finance roles at two Fortune 500 companies.

Nihar received his MBA at the Wharton School of Business, an MA in international economics at Columbia University, and a BS in international economics at Georgetown University with studies at the London School of Economics.

His unique advisory approach, based on a depth of experience and business acumen not often found in traditional coaches, is complemented by a highly attentive and thoughtful coaching style that gets results for the business and enables breakthrough personal growth for the leader.  As a result, Nihar is able to meet corporate executives where they are, with credibility and quick comprehension of their needs as well as their unique business challenges.

Nihar has been an excellent executive coach for me. He has this uncanny ability to know what I want to say before I say it – and he articulates my own thoughts and feelings better than I can myself. He has given me great perspective and has even helped me craft the approach I needed for difficult situations I’ve faced. I value him enormously and highly recommend him.

Maya Leibman, EVP and CIO, American Airlines

We’ve used Nihar on a couple of executive coaching engagements. He worked extremely well with the people he coached. Very direct with his coaching and achieved great results.

Tom Laliberty, Vice President of Integrated Air and Missile Defense, Raytheon Technologies Corporation

Nihar has been my executive coach for about two years. My work with him has been transformative and incredibly enjoyable. Nihar is down to earth, brilliant and funny. He truly understands what it’s like to be a junior executive at a big corporation and how to walk alongside you. He goes above and beyond. I can’t recommend him highly enough!

Eden Doniger, Assistant General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, Cox Enterprises

Nihar is an exceptionally skilled coach who took the time to learn more about me on a personal and professional level, as well as took the appropriate steps to fully understand my needs in order to customize a coaching plan. Nihar was also able to quickly understand my environment by asking the right questions, taking time to connect with those who I work most closely with to collect all necessary feedback and insights. With that information, he and I had multiple conversations to identify my strengths and growth opportunities. His approach allowed me to develop a comprehensive development plan that is fully supported by my leader and is in process today. Many thanks to Nihar for his partnership and expertise!

Ken Stapleton, VP Global Talent Acquisition, Cigna

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