Kanthan Pillay

Kanthan Pillay is multi-skilled with extensive experience in media and in Information Technology at senior management level coupled with strong business and creative skills. His media experience includes newspapers and magazines, radio and television – through journalism, marketing, corporate communications, and business management. His IT experience includes academic applied research and business environments.

He is particularly skilled at using technology to enhance creative workflow while streamlining underlying cost structures. He has a track record of meeting or surpassing agreed delivery targets.

Career highlights:

  • Political Reporter, Post Natal, Durban, (December 1980-July 1986)
  • Branch Correspondent, Sunday Tribune, Durban, (January 1984-July 1986)
  • Programmer/Consultant; Princeton University Computing and Information Technology, Princeton, New Jersey, USA (September 1986-October 1990)
  • Systems Administrator; Princeton University Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton, New Jersey, USA (October 1990-April 1992)
  • Systems Manager / Senior Research Scientist; Center for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in Sardinia, Italy (May 1992-March 1994)
  • Editorial Systems Administrator, Independent Newspapers, Durban (March 1994-June 1996)
  • New Enterprises Manager, Independent Newspapers, Johannesburg (August 1996-September 1997)
  • Managing Editor, Cape Times, Cape Town (October 1997-October 1999)
  • Head of Corporate Affairs, e.tv, Cape Town. (October 1999)
  • Executive Producer: News, e.tv, Johannesburg (October 2001-September 2004)
  • Head of Africa Operations, e.tv, Johannesburg (October 2004 - September 2005)
  • General Manager, Yfm, Johannesburg (October 2005 - January 2006)
  • Chief Executive Officer, Yfm, Johannesburg (April 2007 - April 2017)
  • Chairman: McCann Worldgroup South Africa (November 2009 - August 2010)
  • Founder, Nqabile Recorporations. Johannesburg (February 2006 - present)

Kanthan was born in 1961, Durban, South Africa; completed secondary schooling in Bangalore, India; and majored in Political Science, Princeton University. He has certificates in Journalism from Boston University and from the Senior Journalist Development Programme, Niemann Foundation, Harvard University.