Horizon9: Exploring the next horizon of creative possibilities

Kshitij Narain,Founder & Chief Creative Officer

Kshitij Narain

Founder & Chief Creative Officer

Passion is one of those intangibles that drives an entrepreneur, gets them through bad times to the good ones, and ultimately dictates the success of any startup. Such is the story of Kshitij Narain. “I’d say the seeds to being on my own at work were pretty strongly there since my childhood. I was involved in dramatics and theatre since my school days. Thus began my love for creative arts, the stage, cinema and story telling!” smiles Kshitij.

Hailing from a humble middle class family of engineers and doctors, Kshitij’s priority was studies. With an excellent academic record, he completed software engineering and joined Wipro working for HP printers (US). He then stumbled upon a Masters programme in Advertising & PR which he pursued and soon fell in love with advertising. The next eight years were spent working across multiple advertising agencies from large network to medium size agencies in varied roles of business and creative; leading teams, learning valuable lessons all along. Over the course of his work, he was chosen amongst ‘Top 30 under 30 creatives world-wide’ as a ‘Young Creative Lion’ at the prestigious Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity held at Cannes, France in 2017. This is where he had the pleasure of imbibing advertising & life lessons from Creative Stalwarts like Tham Kai Meng (Ex-Worldwide CCO, Ogilvy & Mather), David Droga, Sir John Hegarty, Sir Bob Isherwood amongst many other amazing people. With an enriching learning experience of lifetime which redefined his approach to creative thinking, he zeroed in upon setting up Horizon9, a full
service advertising agency that works closely with each brand to create strategies that produce measurable results. “Horizon9 thus is a culmination of my learnings & experiences while working in India and the strong global exposure. It is a cherished creative pursuit towards building a creative agency driven by human values, skilled minds and strong culture of creative evolution, helping our valued clients relish more flavours than one with our combined creative juices,” he explicates.

On the revenue front, Horizon9 had a 4X growth in the second year and a healthy YOY growth of 40 per cent closing this fiscal(FY – 2019/20)

Horizon9 makes brands become more, offering specialised skills to fulfil all communication needs for a business. “Being the curious ones, we do not stop at the obvious, we go beyond. A much eventful and fulfilling relationship for us to cherish longer, follows,” he mentions. The company’s business services stand strong on three key pillars of Strategy & Consulting, Design and Production offering quality service across the communication spectrum. The team at Horizon9 gives utmost regard and attention to detail. “The creative quality of our work is of paramount importance. And we live for it. Our work and happy clients being the testimony of that,” asserts Kshitij.

The agency has been fortunate to have worked with beautiful brands across varied industry verticals from FMCG, Electronics, Education to Media Publishing. Some of its clients include Dainik Jagran Group, Delhi Public School, Wagga Wagga Cooking oil amongst more.

The agency’s work has been recognized at various national & international platforms like INMA New York, Goa fest amidst others.

The Journey
Starting operations with two employees to a flourishing team of 12 today, which is only growing strong with each passing day, Horizon9 has come a long way. The agency is currently engaged with over 10 clients in long term association while two new acquisitions are in order. Horizon9 stands as a Public Limited company registered with MSME and ISO 9001:2015 certified for quality standards. On the revenue front, they enjoyed a 4X growth in the second year and a healthy YOY growth of 40% closing this fiscal(FY - 2019/20). Currently, operating through their office in Noida(Delhi-NCR) they plan to move to their new office space in Noida itself by end of 2020.

“We are strongly focussed to deliver world class creative work which not only helps clients achieve their business objective with maximum ROI but is also worthy of recognition on global platforms celebrating best-in-class creative work in advertising,” he concludes.