Nikhilesh Ponde

Head of Global Travel Strategy
Facebook Inc.

Nikhilesh Ponde Head of Global Travel Strategy
As Global Head of Travel Strategy, Nikhilesh develops and helps implement Facebook’s strategy for partnering with Travel companies to help grow their businesses in a mobile-first ecosystem. In this role, Nikhilesh translates industry analysis and activity into insights that help set the course for how Travel marketers can best utilize Facebook’s family of apps and services.

Prior to Facebook, Nikhilesh spent more than a decade in digital marketing and strategy, where he managed a variety of marketing and digital channels in leadership roles at Expedia, Hotwire, Hotels.com, and most recently, Flipkart, where he served as the VP of Digital Marketing. Nikhilesh also spent two years in management consulting, focusing on Airlines and Energy clients. He started his career in technical and delivery roles for a health-tech startup.

Nikhilesh has engineering degrees from IIT Kharagpur and the University of Minnesota, and earned his MBA from the University of Michigan. He enjoys traveling and skiing, and is based in Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters.

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Spotlight: Facebook

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