Jessica Goodfellow
May 10, 2019

Havas acquires India UX agency Think Design

The acquisition forms part of Havas Group's plans to triple its presence and operations in the region, according to chairman and chief executive Yannick Bolloré.

L-R: Rama Aleti, Yann Doussot, Deepali Saini, Vishnu Mohan, Hari Nallan, Rana Barua (CEO of Havas Group India)
L-R: Rama Aleti, Yann Doussot, Deepali Saini, Vishnu Mohan, Hari Nallan, Rana Barua (CEO of Havas Group India)

Havas Group has acquired user experience design agency Think Design in India, as it plans to triple its presence and operations in the region.

Founded in 2004, Think Design has four design centres in India—including Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore—and one in Denver in the US.

Its team of 125 specialists provides UX vision and design strategy to a range of clients across finance, healthcare, education, logistics, telecom, media and entertainment. Around 30% of its business comes from overseas markets, primarily North America.

The agency will continue to be led by its co-founders Deepali Saini, Hari Nallan and Rama Aleti.

Think Design will become part of Havas India and Ekino Global, led by Havas Southeast Asia and India chairman and chief executive Vishnu Mohan and Ekino chief executive Yann Doussot.

Havas Group chairman and chief executive Yannick Bolloré said the acquisition of Think Design will both increase the group’s footprint in India and “further strengthen our global digital experience offering”.

“Over the past few years at Havas we have been reinforcing our digital experience capabilities in Europe, Asia and North America with the acquisitions of Boondoggle, Project House, Fullsix/Ekino and Plastic Mobile,” Bolloré said. “We really believe that in today’s world, customer experience is key to all brands to make them more and more meaningful to their audiences. It is mandatory to have the right solutions across touchpoints.”

Think Design co-founder Nallan said the integration with Havas Group will help the agency become “an even stronger, global force to reckon with.”

“We are now several steps further towards realising our vision of being a leading global player in design for the connected world,” he added.

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