Prahun Dutt (Moderator)

Chief Marketing Officer

Chief Marketing Officer of the The SUN is among the rare Asian professionals with an impressive track record in the global arena, in top-tier advertising agencies and media corporations. Former Asia-Pacific Regional Media Director, Prashun brings 32 years’ experience in strategic planning, media planning, media marketing/selling and media research, plus an uncanny understanding of brands, consumer behaviour and expertise in integrated communications. After 14 years with top-tier agencies JWT, McCann, Ogilvy and Bozell, he has since leveraged this strong foundation in the global media industry, across Asia Pacific and Europe with Times Publishing Forbes, CNBC, MTV and The Economist. Recognised for his expertise in planning, media research and media-marketing techniques he has been the strategic tactician driving several dynamic trade advertising campaigns and high-impact marketing initiatives, besides achieving noticeable readership audience growth results. In 1995-96, his analysis of the methodological flaws in Nielsen’s Asian Profiles radically altered the Asian regional media research scenario. A regular speaker at regional seminars, he has been active on several industry bodies including CASBAA (Cable & Satellite Broadcasters Assn), Audit Bureau of Circulations, and SOPA (Publishers Society of Asia). Besides driving the ad-sales/marketing function and circulation strategy, for the SUN, he is also on the Editorial Board, edits specific columns, writes opinion leading articles and serves as a consultant for the parent company, Berjaya Group.