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Havas Group acquires digital agency Langoor, rebrands it as Langoor Havas

Langoor Havas is led by the agency’s co-founder Venugopal Ganganna, who takes over as Chief Digital Officer at Havas Group India. He will report to Rana Barua, Group CEO, Havas Group India

L to R – Venugopal Ganganna, Ruchir Punjabi, Vishnu Mohan, Bobby Pawar, Girisha Gowda, Kishore Karumbaiah and Rana Barua

Havas Group has announced the acquisition of the full-service independent digital agency Langoor. The agency was founded in 2010 and is now present across India, the Middle East and Australia.

Langoor will be rebranded as Langoor Havas and be led by its co-founder – Venugopal Ganganna – who will take on the newly-created position of Chief Digital Officer, Havas Group India, reporting to Rana Barua – Group CEO, Havas Group India.

Its team of 170 people provide meaningful digital experiences and connections to MNCs, local brands and start-ups across strategy, online marketing, website planning and development, data analytics, marketing automation, e-commerce and SEO.

Langoor Havas will have three key focus areas – health, business and vernacular – and will expand these services to markets outside of India in the coming months.

Yannick Bolloré, Chairman and CEO Havas Group, said, “Digital business is booming in India and bringing Langoor on board is an important new step to further strengthening our digital skills locally. Through their unique blend of data, creativity and technology, Langoor enables brands to engage their customers meaningfully and drive growth. Earlier this year, we acquired the leader in user experience and digital design in India, Think Design, making Langoor our second acquisition in the country in 2019. The combined expertise of Think Design and Langoor boost Havas’ digital offer in the world’s fastest-growing ad market. India continues to be a priority for the Group, we aim to triple our presence there by the end of 2019 and have put in place a solid new management team to lead this expansion.”

“The acquisition of Langoor complements the aggressive growth strategy that we started last year with the creation of Havas Village India that brought together different disciplines under a unified, client-centric leadership structure. Langoor adds an enviable strength to Havas Group with its distinctive approach of Creative Technologists who challenge marketing every day with their expertise in balancing, data, technology, strategic thinking and the power of creative, said Vishnu Mohan, Chairman and CEO, Havas Group India and South East Asia.

“The Langoor acquisition also demonstrates Havas Group’s commitment to expand its scale and expertise in India with a focus on exponential growth, new business momentum, and building and leading future-ready teams. The acquisition will reinforce our integrated offering and digital expertise in India and complement our existing capabilities,” added Barua.

“We pride ourselves in having created an agency focused on digital brand thinking – which is the future. The integration with Havas Group will add scale to the depth of our services and help us to grow even further. This acquisition is an incredible opportunity for Langoor and the team and we are excited to be part of this new journey towards further success,” said Ruchir Punjabi and Venu Ganganna, co-founders of Langoor in a joint statement.

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