Sandeep Dahiya has put in his papers as Senior Vice President – Consumer Products & Communications at Viacom18 Media. Dahiya has been with the Group for eight years and has worked in multiple-functions across the group – consumer products, communications and corporate affairs. He leaves to pursue newer challenges outside Viacom18, and will continue in his current capacity till July 15, 2013, to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.
Announcing Dahiya’s departure, Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18 Media Networks said, “Over the last many years, Sandeep has passionately led Viacom18’s consumer products’ business and taken it to a respectable position. He’s laid a strong foundation in creating eco-systems for our brands outside their core business and we’re committed to building on this foundation even further.”
Dahiya helped grow Viacom18’s consumer products business to today span across more than 50 categories, with over 60 licensees and a retail presence that spans across India. He has not only strengthened the business in conventional spaces in the kids and youth space, but also launched quite a few unconventional categories in the youth space. He also headed Communications for Viacom18, across all its businesses.
Commenting on the development, Dahiya said, “The eight year-phase at Viacom18 has been the most fulfilling and exciting phase of my professional career and I’ve tremendously enjoyed working on some of the most well-known brands/ properties - be it Colors, MTV, Nickelodeon, Vh1 and Comedy Central.”