Zee News CEO Barun Das has stepped down after a stint of five years. He plans to turn entrepreneur. Alok Agrawal, Ex COO, Cheil will take his place at Zee News.
Agrawal had quit Cheil Worldwide South West Asia in August. He is all set to start his new role at Zee News.
Prior to his tenure at Zee News, Das worked with Media Content & Communications Services (MCCS) as Executive Vice President. At MCCS, he had various key divisions such as marketing, distribution, research and special projects reporting to him. He also played the role of Business Head of Star Ananda.
Das has also worked with Astro All Asia Network based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he was Head of International Business Development. In his role there, he played a key role in the formation of the joint venture between Astro and NDTV to start news channels in Malaysia and Indonesia. He was also instrumental in forming a strategic tie-up with UTV to set up kids’ channels in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Das is a B-Tech from IIT Madras, postgraduate from IIM Calcutta and an alumnus of London School of Economics. He has held various positions at senior management levels in leading companies such as India Today Group, ABP Group, along with previously mentioned MCCS and Astro All Asia Networks.
Agrawal had joined Cheil in 2008 from Bates, where he was Executive Vice President. Prior to that, he was with Grey Worldwide as Associate Vice President. He has also worked with Euro RSCG India as Group Account Director.
He is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur and has completed his MBA from IIM Bangalore.