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Narayan Ranjan of Viacom18 joins Happydemic as Chief Operating Officer

Ranjan has over two decades of experience in the media and entertainment industry. Ranjan will help the live music company by creating new products and expanding into new geographies

Happydemic, a live music company, has brought on board Narayan Ranjan from Viacom18 as its new Chief Operating Officer.

With over two decades of experience in the media and entertainment industry, Ranjan began his career as Head of Planning at Star India in 1998. He played a key role in launching Star News as he rose to the position of Vice-President, Finance and Commercial for the channel. He joined Viacom in 2004 as Chief Financial Officer to build the Indian business. It was under his supervision that the JV between Viacom Inc. and the Network18 Group was drafted in 2007. In 2016 he was elevated to the role of Chief of Staff.

Ranjan left Viacom18 in December 2018 to pursue his passion. He found a suitable partner in Happydemic, which has been transforming the live music space. Happydemic has made a difference in the lives of artistes all over India and done work with over 130 corporates.

Ranjan said, "It has always been beyond doubt that happiness is an innate human desire on which organisations place enormous value as it has proven to enhance productivity, engagement and belonging amongst their customers, dealers/distributors, employees and other stakeholders."

He added, "Happydemic has done a fabulous job of bringing joy in the lives of thousands of people and delivering strong engagement as well as productivity for hundreds of corporate clients; thereby demonstrating that music and live entertainment is very much a part of core strategy that can deliver strong business outcomes."

Happydemic was founded by Radhika Mukherji (Singer Shaan’s wife) and Amar Pandit, Managing Director of My Financial Advisor and Happyness Factory.

Ranjan said, "Given my experience in setting up and quickly scaling up consumer-facing organisations with a strong focus on technology-enabled solutions; I intend to work with Radhika and Amar, to take Happydemic to great heights."

Ranjan joined Happydemic recently and will help the founders in scaling up the business by creating new products and expanding the business into new geographies.

Radhika and Amar said, "We are super excited to have Ranjan on board with us in the senior leadership role as we are all set to scale our business. We focused on proving the power of our business model in the first three years and have done so with meaningful numbers. This year we will break even with 130 corporates, 1800 artists, solid delivery capabilities, phenomenal suite of products and solutions and a Pan-India reach. Scale is now our mantra and we strongly believe that Ranjan will help us get there much faster and efficiently." 

Bollywood singer Shaan, who has been Radhika’s pillar of strength since the beginning of the Happydemic journey, says, “I am overwhelmed to see the evolution that Happydemic is going through. Armed with an experienced leadership and a competent team, I can only see Happydemic scaling greater heights of innovation and excellence.”

Happydemic was founded in 2016 as a platform that bridges the gap between upcoming artistes and consumers. It brings the unique concept of music strategy and blends this with business strategy to drive business outcomes through a comprehensive basket of music-based solutions.

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