Global Leadership

Mitch Barns is Chief Executive Officer of Nielsen. He was appointed to this role in January 2014.

Since joining Nielsen in 1997, Mitch has lived and worked on three continents and has held leadership roles across all major parts of Nielsen’s business.

Throughout 2013, Mitch served as President, Global Client Service, leading the efforts of Nielsen’s client service organization worldwide.

Before that, Mitch was President of Nielsen’s U.S. Media business from 2011-2013, where he oversaw the development of its analytics practice, guided the integration of its TV and Digital groups, and helped transform the unit’s client service model to focus on driving performance improvement and value for Nielsen’s clients.

From 2008-2011, Mitch served as President of Nielsen’s Greater China business where he led its transition to a fast-growing, standalone region. In the early 2000s, he was President of Nielsen’s BASES and Analytic Consulting businesses, which have since become the core of the company’s growing analytics business. He first joined the company as part of Nielsen BASES, where he held various senior positions in the U.S. and Europe.

He began his career at Procter & Gamble, where he spent 12 years in marketing research and brand management.

Mitch Barns , , , Chief Executive Officer

Jamere Jackson was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Nielsen in March 2014.

Prior to joining Nielsen, Jamere spent over nine years at GE where he held CFO roles in GE Corporate, GE Aviation, and GE Oil & Gas. Prior to joining GE, Jamere held several roles in finance, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning at PepsiCo, First Data Corporation, Total System Services and Procter & Gamble.

Jamere received his undergraduate degree in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame and is a certified public accountant (CPA).

Jamere Jackson , , , Chief Financial Officer

Steve Hasker was appointed to this role in December 2015. He oversees all of Nielsen’s commercial and product related activities globally for both the media and consumer businesses. During his tenure at Nielsen, Steve has overseen the introduction of Total Audience measurement and the development of Nielsen's marketing effectiveness solutions.

Steve joined Nielsen in 2009 from McKinsey & Company, where he was a partner in McKinsey’s Global Media, Entertainment and Information practice. In this role, Steve was responsible for serving clients on issues of strategy, growth and innovation in television, syndicated information, filmed entertainment, sports and digital advertising. He joined McKinsey in 1998 and spent three years on the Partner Election Committee at the firm. Prior to McKinsey, Steve spent five years in several financial roles in the U.S., Russia and Australia.

Steve lectures regularly at Columbia University and NYU. His research into the influence of social networks on consumer behavior in media has been published in the Harvard Business Review. His writings on digital business models and marketing have been featured in the McKinsey Quarterly. Steve sits on the boards of Global Eagle Entertainment (Nasdaq) and Appen Limited (ASX). He is also a board member of the International Radio and Television Society and the Center for Communications, and a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Steve holds an undergraduate economics degree from the University of Melbourne and has an MBA and a Masters in International Affairs, both with honors, from Columbia University.

Steve Hasker , , , Global President and Chief Operating Officer

Eric J. Dale serves as the Chief Legal Officer of Nielsen, overseeing legal affairs, including intellectual property, litigation, transactions and risk management. Eric began this role in August 2015.

Prior to joining Nielsen, Eric was a partner at Robinson+Cole. There, he led the firm's Strategic Planning Committee and Business Transactions Group, representing business clients in financing, mergers and acquisitions, and operational transactions, as well as organizational, governance, and regulatory matters. He has experience representing entrepreneurs and fast-growth companies, pooled investment funds and companies and executives in employment matters.

Eric has previous experience working with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and served as general counsel to a technology company. He graduated with honors after studying economics at Clark University and earned his J.D. cum laude from New York Law School.

Eric is a member of the Board of Directors of Bankwell Financial Group (NASD: BWFG). He Chairs its Governance and Nominating Committee, and serves on its Audit, ALCO and Strategic Planning Committees.

Eric Dale , , , Chief Legal Officer

James Powell is Nielsen’s Chief Technology Officer, leading our data science, engineering and technology teams. James joined Nielsen in this role in July 2015.

Immediately prior to joining Nielsen, James was Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Thomson Reuters, where he was responsible for all technology including scale shared services, shared information platforms, enterprise architecture and governance. In his seven years with Thomson Reuters, James served in a number of technology leadership roles, including Chief Technology Officer, Markets Division and Chief Technology Officer, Enterprise.

His career includes leadership positions in technology and data with Solace Systems, Citadel Investment Group, Reuters Group and TIBCO Finance Technology. He began his career with Teknekron Software Systems.

James holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Industrial Robotics from Imperial College in London.

James Powell , , , Chief Technology Officer

John Tavolieri is Nielsen’s Global President, Operations. He drives business process improvement and service delivery excellence across our Watch and Buy businesses through the efforts of 25,000 associates globally. The teams he leads focus on Data Collection, Codification, Production and Deployment/Delivery, as well as Real Estate and Sourcing.

Previously, John was Nielsen’s commercial leader in Western Europe. In this role, he led our commercial engagement across sixteen countries with a focus on helping our clients measure outcomes and drive improvement in their business performance.

He began his career with Nielsen Canada in 1992 in commercial client leadership roles before advancing to Vice President, Retailer Services for Nielsen Canada where he lead all retailer relationships. John left Nielsen from 2003 to 2007 for a senior leadership role with Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada's largest food retailer, before returning in 2007 as Chief Marketing Officer Europe and Group Managing Director Benelux.

John graduated with a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo, Canada and holds dual citizenship in Canada and Italy.

John Tavolieri , , , President, Global Operations

Nancy Phillips is Nielsen’s Chief Human Resources Officer. She joined Nielsen in January 2017, and is responsible for Nielsen’s HR strategy, which is all about empowering our people to enable business success. In this role, Nancy will deliver world-class programs to create a positive Nielsen employee experience and build a culture where associates can be themselves, make a difference and grow with our organization. She leads Nielsen’s global HR team, overseeing talent engagement and development, training, compensation and benefits, and recruiting and retention.

Nancy joins Nielsen from Broadcom in southern California where she was Chief Human Resources Officer prior to its sale to Avago Technologies. Before joining Broadcom, she led the HR organization for Hewlett Packard’s Imaging and Printing Group as well as the Enterprise Services business group, a global organization with over 120,000 employees.

Prior to HP, Nancy served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Fifth Third Bancorp, a diversified financial services company with $133 billion in assets. Earlier in her career, Nancy spent eleven years with the General Electric Company serving in a variety of HR leadership roles.

Nancy is active in a range of professional associations and in 2006, received a YWCA TWIN (Tribute to Women) award in Silicon Valley for her commitment to diversity. She is also a member of The Florida Bar beginning her career as an attorney.

Nancy earned a B.A. in English from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.

Nancy Phillips , , , Chief Human Resource Officer

Board of Directors

James A, Attwood Jr. is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nielsen. Mr. Attwood has been a director of Nielsen since June 2006. He is a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group and Head of the Global Telecommunications, Media, and Technology Group. Prior to joining The Carlyle Group in 2000, Mr. Attwood was with Verizon Communications, Inc. and GTE Corporation. Prior to GTE, he was with Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Attwood serves as a member of the boards of directors of Syniverse Holdings, Inc., Getty Images and CoreSite Realty Corporation. Mr. Attwood graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in applied mathematics and an M.A. in statistics and received both J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard University.

James A. Attwood Jr. , , , - Chairman

Mitch Barns is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. Appointed in January 2014, Mitch leads the efforts of Nielsen’s Watch and Buy client service teams across six regions worldwide. Since 2011, Mitch served as President, U.S. Media Client Services, where he led the U.S. client teams supporting major media clients, local TV station groups, cable companies, digital publishers, and telecom providers with Nielsen’s audience measurement, ad effectiveness and social media solutions. Previously, Mitch was President, Greater China for Nielsen (2008-2011) with responsibility for mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Before that, he served as global President of Nielsen’s Consumer Panel Services business (2007) and global President of Nielsen’s BASES and Analytic Consulting businesses (2005-2006). Mitch joined Nielsen BASES in 1997, where he held various positions in client service and marketing. In 2000, he relocated to Brussels where he served as Managing Director of BASES Europe, Middle East and Africa, leading the start-up of BASES’ local operations in that region. In 2002, his role expanded to include Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

Mitch began his career at Procter & Gamble, where he spent 12 years in marketing research and brand management. He held various positions in the Foods and Paper products divisions, as well as management positions in Advertising Research and New Product Sales Forecasting. Mitch holds a B.S. in business administration from Miami University and completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Mitch Barns , , , - Chief Executive Officer

David Calhoun is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Private Equity Portfolio Operations of Blackstone and a Member of Blackstone’s Management and Executive Committees. Prior to joining Blackstone in the beginning of 2014, Mr. Calhoun served as the Chief Executive Officer of Nielsen from September 2006 to December 2013 and also as Executive Chairman of the Board from January 2014 to December 2015. He oversaw the transformation of Nielsen from a private company to a publicly traded corporation listed on the S&P 500. Calhoun's leadership was marked by a new vision, new values and a big commitment to develop Nielsen as an Academy Company.

Prior to joining Nielsen, he served as Vice Chairman of General Electric Company and President and CEO of GE Infrastructure. During his 26-year tenure at GE, he ran multiple business units, including GE Transportation, GE Aircraft Engines, GE Employers Reinsurance Corporation, GE Lighting and GE Transportation Systems. Mr. Calhoun is a member of the boards of directors of The Boeing Company and Caterpillar Inc. He was also appointed Non-Executive Chairman of privately-owned Gates Global effective July 2014. He was a member of the board of directors of Medtronic Inc. from 2007 to 2012.

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Jim Kilts is a non-executive director of Nielsen Holdings. Mr. Kilts has also served as a member of the Supervisory Board of TNC B.V. since November 23, 2006 and served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TNC B.V. from May 21, 2009 to January 1, 2014. Mr. Kilts is a founding partner of Centerview Capital. Prior to joining Centerview Capital, Mr. Kilts was Vice Chairman of the Board, The Procter & Gamble Company. Mr. Kilts was formerly Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of The Gillette Company before the company’s merger with Procter & Gamble in October 2005. Prior to Gillette, Mr. Kilts had served at different times as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nabisco, Executive Vice President of the Worldwide Food Group of Philip Morris, President of Kraft USA and Oscar Mayer, President of Kraft Limited in Canada, and Senior Vice President of Kraft International. A graduate of Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, Mr. Kilts earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago. Mr. Kilts is currently a member of the Board of Directors of MetLife, MeadWestvaco and Pfizer. He is also a member of the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College. Mr. Kilts serves on the Board of Trustees of Knox College and the University of Chicago and is a member of the Advisory Council of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Ms. Hoguet is a non-executive director of Nielsen Holdings. Ms. Hoguet has also served as a member of The Supervisory Board of TNC B.V. since November 18, 2010. She has been the Chief Financial Officer of Macy’s Inc. since February 2009; she previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Macy’s from June 2005 to February 2009. Ms. Hoguet served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Macy’s from October 1997 to June 2005.

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Mr. Pozen is a non-executive director of Nielsen Holdings. Mr. Pozen has also served as a member of the Supervisory Board of TNC B.V. since May 1, 2010. Effective July 1, 2010, Mr. Pozen is Chairman Emeritus of MFS Investment Management. Prior to that, he was Chairman of MFS Investment Management since February 2004 and previously was Secretary of Economic Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2003. Mr. Pozen was also the John Olin Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School; Vice Chairman of Fidelity Investments and President of Fidelity Management & Research and was the chairman of the SEC Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting. He is currently a director of Medtronic, Inc. and was a director of BCE, Inc. until February 2009. He is a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, an advisor to Grelesis, a private biotech company, a trustee of the MFS group of mutual funds and a director of the Commonwealth Fund and the Harvard Neuro-Discovery Center.

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Mr. Ranadivé is a non-executive director of Nielsen Holdings and has served on the Supervisory Board since August 1, 2012. Since its inception in 1997, Mr. Ranadivé has been the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of TIBCO Software Inc. Mr. Ranadivé founded Teknekron Software Systems, Inc., the predecessor to TIBCO Software, in 1985. Prior to founding TIBCO, Mr. Ranadivé was president and founder of a UNIX consulting company. Previously, he held management and engineering positions with Ford Motor Company, M/A-Com Linkabit, and Fortune Systems. Mr. Ranadivé is a frequent presenter on such topics as the future of integration, enabling real-time business, and unleashing the power of information across enterprises to become more competitive. Mr. Ranadivé earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He received both a Master's and Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Mr. Teruel is a non-executive director of Nielsen Holdings. Mr. Teruel has also served as a member of the Supervisory Board of TNC B.V. since August 13, 2010. He is a Partner of Spectron Desarrollo, SC, an investment management and consulting firm; Retired Vice Chairman (2004 to 2007) of Colgate-Palmolive Company (consumer products), with which he served in positions of increasing importance since 1971, including as Executive Vice President responsible for Asia, Central Europe, Africa and Hill’s Pet Nutrition, as Vice President of Body Care in Global Business Development in New York, as President and General Manager of Colgate-Mexico, as President of Colgate-Europe, and as Chief Growth Officer responsible for the company’s growth functions; Director of The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. from 2007 to 2010; Director of Starbucks Corporation and a Director of JCPenney since 2008.

Javier G. Teruel , ,

Ms. Marinello has been a member of the Board of Directors of General Motors Company since July 2009 and a member of the Board of Directors of AB Volvo since April 2014. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of General Motors Corporation from 2007 to 2009. In March 2014, Ms. Marinello rejoined Ares Management LLC, a global asset manager, as Senior Advisor. She had been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Stream Global Services, Inc., a global business process outsource service provider specializing in customer relationship management for Fortune 1,000 companies, from August 2010 through March 2014. Ms. Marinello served as senior advisor and consultant at Providence Equity Partners LLC, a private equity firm, and Ares Management LLC from June to August 2010. She served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ceridian Corporation, a human resources outsourcing company, from December 2007 to January 2010; and President and Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to 2007. Prior to joining Ceridian, Ms. Marinello spent 10 years at General Electric Company (“GE”), and served in a variety of senior roles, including President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Fleet Services, a division of GE, from 2002 to 2006.

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On January 22, 2015, Harish Manwani was elected as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Manwani retired from Unilever, a leading global consumer products company, at the end of 2014, where he served as Chief Operating Officer since September 2011. Mr. Manwani joined Hindustan Unilever (HUL) in 1976, becoming a member of the HUL board in 1995, and since that time held positions of increasing responsibility in Unilever which gave him wide ranging international marketing and general management experience. Mr. Manwani is a director of Qualcomm Incorporated since May 2014, Pearson plc since October 2013 and Whirlpool Corporation since August 2011. He is also the non-executive chairman of Hindustan Unilever Limited since July 2005. He previously served as a director of ING Group from April 2008 to April 2010. He is a director of the Economic Development Board of Singapore since February 2013 and the Indian School of Business since April 2006. Mr. Manwani holds a Bachelor of Science honors degree in Statistics and a Master’s degree in Management Studies, both from Mumbai University in India. He has also attended the Advance Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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Ms. Zalaznick has been a director of Nielsen since April 2016. From 2004 through December 2013, Ms. Zalaznick held various roles of increasing responsibility within NBCUniversal. From December 2010 until February 2013, she was the Chairman, Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media where she had responsibility for the Bravo, Oxygen, Style, Telemundo and Mun2 networks and ran its digital portfolio. Most recently, she was Executive Vice President at NBCUniversal until departing the company in December 2013. Ms. Zalaznick is currently a member of the boards of directors of Shazam Entertainment (since April 2014) and Penguin Random House (since May 2014). She is a senior advisor to various content and tech start-ups including Refinery29, Atlas Obscura and Ms. Zalaznick is a trustee of the Corporation of Brown University from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

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​Mr. Rawlinson became a member of Nielsen's Board of Directors in February 2017. Since August 2015, Mr. Rawlinson has been with the Online Business of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (“Grainger”), currently as President, and, from July 2012 until August 2015, he was Grainger’s Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. From November 2009 until July 2012, Mr. Rawlinson was Vice President, General Counsel and Director of Corporate Responsibility of a division of ITT Exelis, formerly ITT Corporation. Mr. Rawlinson is a member of the board of directors of MonatoRO Co., Ltd.

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Committee Composition

Audit Committee Compensation Committee Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee
James A. Attwood Jr.
David L. Calhoun
James Marshall Kilts
Karen M. Hoguet
Robert C. Pozen
Vivek Y. Ranadivé
Javier G. Teruel
Kathryn V. Marinello
Harish Manwani
Lauren Zalaznick
David Rawlinson
 Chairperson      Member