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Network18 Digital hires Saregama's Mudaliar as chief product officer

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MUMBAI: Network18 Digital (N18D), the digital arm of the Network18 Group, has appointed Avinash Mudaliar as the chief product officer. Mudaliar has an experience of over 16 years across media including digital, print and radio and has a plethora of accolades to his name.

At N18D, Mudaliar will be responsible for working across all the digital properties of Network18 (firstpost, moneycontrol, News18.com and other sub-brands like Cricketnext, Compare India, Tech2, Indiwo , Faking News) - working with the teams, defining present enhancements on existing products and working future roadmaps and initiatives.

Considering the future is going to be 4G-enabled and video focused and Avinash's experience in handling products both around video and audio is a great addition to the Network’s strength. He also brings with him a deep understanding of news and content and the ability to package it in across both the physical and digital products.

Network18 Digital CEO Manish Maheshwari says, “Avinash brings an unparalleled understanding of the digital space to the table. His presence will bolster the on-going activities and bring in the momentum to look at a number of clutter-breaking products in the arena. He has often walked the unconventional path and with Network18 Digital’s intention to consistently deliver out-of-the box content, he is the perfect addition to the team.”

Prior to this, Mudaliar was the vice president - product, technology and IT at Saregama whom he joined in 2013 as VP and head of internet products. He also grew the Youtube business manifold.

In the last four years, he led the team which conceptualised and executed all of Saregama's digital, physical product and technology initiatives, the latest being Saregama Carvaan - the digital radio. His team also led the development of D2C products like the new Saregama.com music store and app, Saregama's niche music apps like Saregama Classical and Shakti and the creation of the backend technology and analytics platforms which power and service both Saregama's B2B clients and internal initiatives. He also headed and grew the Youtube business manifold.

Before his stint at Saregama, he worked with Times Internet Ltd (TIL). He was the co-founder and business head of Gaana.com. While he was the vice-president and business head of Indiatimes, he and his team simultaneously worked on a product which became Gaana.com. Gaana.com was then hived off as a separate entity which he went on to head. He joined TIL in 2008 as VP - head of content, creative. His role involved scoping and execution of internal products within Indiatimes. He was given business responsibilities and made business head and went on to head multiple verticals within TIL which included gaming, infoTech and videos.

Mudaliar says: “Getting our products right and understanding our customers would be key - it’s great to be part of an ecosystem which is focused on serving what the customer wants "

This is a home-coming for Mudaliar as in the past he was a part of the founding team of In.com and served as the founder editor-in-chief of In.com at Web18 (Now Network18 Digital). Prior to that, he was with Radio Mirchi as the cluster programming head for south. His earlier stints with the internet include being a partner of Microsoft's Bhashaindia Indic language computing initiative and BPL's Oyeindia.com.

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