Saavn, the streaming service for Indian, Bollywood and International music, has added former India head for Sociomantic, Mahesh Narayanan, as its global Chief Operating Officer. Narayanan will be based out of Mumbai and will oversee numerous functions of the company to encourage growth and support Saavn’s expansion in 2015.
Prior to Sociomantic, Narayanan played a major role in planting the seeds of growth for Google India. He was the founding member of Google’s Direct Sales Operations in 2005, before joining the leadership team of mobile advertising network, AdMob. Following Google’s acquisition of AdMob in 2010, Narayanan returned to Google as Mobile Head for India.
“I am most passionate about digital technology and music. Saavn represents my vision of the ideal blend of both passions most aptly. I’ve had the opportunity to help many leading global technology media companies achieve success, and I genuinely believe that Saavn is primed for the same calibre of success. I am really excited about partnering with Rishi and the leadership team to take Saavn to a whole new league,” he said.
Saavn has already grown to more than 11 million monthly streaming users, with more than 30 million unique users in 2014 alone. Saavn is also now the most downloaded music service worldwide for Indian music with the Google Play Store showing 10 to 50 million downloads for the Saavn Android app.
“Mahesh is an elite executive who is recognized as one of the top digital leaders in the world and brings a bright, uniquely experienced perspective to Saavn. He'll be involved in 360 degrees of the company to help make everyone better and bring us into the next chapter of growth and revenue. We’re honored to have Mahesh on board, and he has already made a tremendous impact on the organization in his first few weeks with us. Businesses are built off great people. Mahesh is one of the best,” said Rishi Malhotra, Co-Founder and CEO of Saavn.