Nehchal Khanna

Nehchal Khanna

QSR Brands appointed Mr. Khanna to its Board of Directors in March 2020. Thereafter, he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in April 2020. The Board chose him for his leadership brilliance, strategic competencies for organisational transformation, and consistent performance in previous roles. His appointment has been a pivotal step for the company, as he has extensive experience building high-performing teams, leading company growth, and improving product value.

The visionary leader stood up to the expectations of the Board by covering outstanding financial performance. He continues to take QSR Brands to new heights with his experience, determination, and zeal. Furthermore, he has shown extraordinary courage during the global health crisis posed by COVID-19.

Since his appointment, the company has embarked on a transformation journey while growing shareholder value. Keeping in mind QSR Brands’ values and vision, he continues to build upon them to ensure that the company remains competitive in the market.


Mr. Khanna is a qualified lawyer. He pursued a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from King’s College in London. Throughout his career, the well versed leader has held leadership roles at leading investment banks. Prior to joining QSR Brands, he worked as a Corporate Advisor to Johor Corporation, a state-owned investment company established by the government of Johor State (Malaysia).

Between 2010 and 2016, he served as Managing Director of Morgan Stanley’s Singapore office. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he worked for Deutsche Bank as the Managing Director, overseeing investment banking operations in Malaysia and Indonesia.


An industry veteran with over two decades of experience in Investment Banking, Mr. Khanna has orchestrated some of the largest IPOs in Asia, including Petronas Chemicals’ USD 4.8 billion IPO and Felda Global Ventures’ USD 3.3 billion IPO (each as Global Coordinator).

As a capital markets expert, Mr. Khanna has been involved in several capital market mandates, including Khazanah Nasional, Axiata, Sime Darby, and other notable companies within Southeast Asia.

He has also advised numerous multi-billion-dollar corporate clients across the Southeast Asian region regarding transactions of mergers, acquisitions, and capital markets. These remarkable achievements make him uniquely qualified to drive any business forward.


Mr. Khanna is a proactive leader brimming with relentless energy. His passion about his vision is a testament to how much he loves his work. Under his stellar leadership, QSR Brands have been witnessing remarkable growth Y-o-Y. With his relentless efforts and strategic planning, he is helping the brand further strengthen its position in the market as the leading food chain brand loved and trusted by everyone in Malaysia.

Mr. Khanna’s new vision for the company is to provide future-proof dining experiences using technology and data. In the coming years, he aims to mould QSR into ASEAN’s premier food technology company. His strategic approach during the COVID-19 pandemic has already helped the brand transform into a technology-based omnichannel food service company. When thousands of thriving businesses struggled to stay afloat due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Khanna, instead of giving up, rolled up his sleeves and implemented an overnight transformation to upgrade the business model.

Firstly, he placed a high priority on keeping