Hill+Knowlton Strategies appoints Abhishek Gulyani as CEO in India

WPP owned Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K), has appointed Abhishek Gulyani as chief executive officer to lead its operations throughout India. An experienced communications specialist, Gulyani will manage the offices in Bengaluru, Gurgaon, and Mumbai.

Sharing details of his new role, Gulyani said, “To join an agency with H+K’s credentials is very exciting. They have a brilliant reputation for innovative and creative communications around the world. In this global time of uncertainty, I have never been more certain of the relevance of our industry. Businesses will look to communications experts to ensure they remain at the heart of the conversation as they seek to build brand purpose and showcase impact. I look forward to joining the team in India and collaborating with them to continue delivering great work for our clients.”


With over two decades of experience in India and Asia, Gulyani’s resume includes running his own agency, Facio Communications, and working as senior counsel in other reputable agencies, including Avian WE and Genesis BCW. He has led teams working with leading global brands and businesses including Mastercard, Aviva, Reebok, and Deloitte.

Commenting on Gulyani’s appointment, Bashar AlKadhi, CEO for H+K in the Middle East, Turkey, India, and Africa (METIA) said: “India is one of H+K’s high growth potential markets with clients across many sectors. With his track record of driving business and vision for collective success, Abhishek’s appointment as CEO is not only exciting for our colleagues in India, but for H+K’s leadership across the wider region."

H+K has seen several CEOs in the last three to five years. Last December, Hill + Knowlton Strategies India said it had put in place a four-member leadership team that reported directly to Bashar AlKadhi, CEO of the METIA region that covers the Middle East, Turkey, India, and Africa.

H+K has been present in India since 2009, focusing on corporate and consumer communications and working with a range of clients including LG, Morgan Stanley, and Wipro. Gulyani will focus on strategic counsel for clients while building H+K India’s client base and introduce new offerings from the global network including behavioral science communications model, SMARTER TM, and communications training academy, Knowledge+.