Meet our board

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James A. Attwood, Jr., Chair

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James A. Attwood, Jr.

Chair

Mr. Attwood has served on Nielsen’s Board since 2006 and has served as Chairperson of the Board since November 2019. From July 2018 to November 2019, Mr. Attwood assumed the title of Executive Chairman of the Board on an interim basis to lead the Board’s search process to identify a new Chief Executive Officer, as well as to oversee the Board’s strategic review. As Executive Chairman, Mr. Attwood remained an independent member of Nielsen’s Board. From January 2016 to July 2018, Mr. Attwood also served as the Board’s Chairperson. He was Lead Independent Director of the Board from January 2015 to December 2015. Mr. Attwood is a Senior Advisor at The Carlyle Group and the former 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 Corporation, he was with Goldman, Sachs & Co. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Syniverse Technologies (Chairman), the Harvard Law School Dean’s Advisory Board, The Friends of MVY Radio Board (Chairman), the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Board, the Board of Directors of The Nature Conservancy and the Board of Trustees of WNET and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

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David Kenny, Chief Executive Officer

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David Kenny

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Kenny has been the Chief Executive Officer of Nielsen since December 2018. Prior to that time, Mr. Kenny served as Senior Vice President of Cognitive Solutions at IBM, joining IBM in January 2016, after its acquisition of The Weather Company’s Product and Technology Business. Previously, from January 2012 until 2016, Mr. Kenny served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Company. Prior to The Weather Company, Mr. Kenny was President of Akamai, the cloud service provider, and the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the digital marketing agency Digitas, which was a Nasdaq listed company before its sale to Publicis Groupe in 2007. Mr. Kenny began his career as a consultant at Bain & Company, where he rose to the Partner level. Mr. Kenny serves on the Board of Directors of Teach for America.

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Thomas H. Castro

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Thomas H. Castro

Mr. Castro is the Founder of El Dorado Capital, a private equity firm where he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since December 2008. He previously founded and was the Chief Executive Officer of three radio companies that primarily targeted the Hispanic market. Mr. Castro is a Trustee of Spelman College and the Chairman of The Texas Public Charter School Association. He recently completed his tenure as a Board member of the Environmental Defense Fund, Southern California Public Radio and The Latino Donor Collaborative. He served on the Board of Directors of Time Warner Cable for ten years.

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Guerrino De Luca

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Guerrino De Luca

Mr. De Luca has served as the Chairman of the Board of Logitech International S.A. since January 2008 and retired from the Board in September 2020. Mr. De Luca joined Logitech in 1998 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from February 1998 to December 2007 and as acting President and Chief Executive Officer from July 2011 to December 2012. Prior to joining Logitech International S.A., Mr. De Luca served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for Apple Computer, Inc.

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Karen M. Hoguet

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Karen M. Hoguet

Ms. Hoguet served as the Chief Financial Officer of Macy’s, Inc. from October 1997 until July 2018 when she became a strategic advisor to the Chief Executive Officer until her retirement on February 1, 2019. Ms. Hoguet serves on the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and the Board of Directors of UCHealth.

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Janice Marinelli Mazza

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Janice Marinelli Mazza

Ms. Marinelli Mazza served as President of Global Content Sales and Distribution, Direct-to-Consumer and International of The Walt Disney Company from March 2018 to July 2019. From February 2013 to March 2018 she served as President, Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. Ms. Marinelli Mazza joined The Walt Disney Company’s Buena Vista Television in 1985. Through her career, she held positions of increasing responsibility at The Walt Disney Company.

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Jonathan Miller

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Jonathan Miller

Mr. Miller has served as Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Media Company, a special purpose digital media investment company since February 2018. Until January 2018, Mr. Miller was a partner at Advancit Capital, where he continues to serve as an advisor and member of the Investment Committee. He previously has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Media Group at News Corp., and was its Chief Digital Officer from April 2009 to September 2012. Mr. Miller was a founding partner of Velocity Interactive Group, an investment firm focusing on internet and digital media, from its inception in 2007 to 2009. Prior to founding Velocity, Mr. Miller served as the Chief Executive Officer of AOL LLC (“AOL”) from 2002 to 2006. Prior to joining AOL, Mr. Miller served as Chief Executive Officer and President of USA Information and Services, of USA Interactive, a predecessor to IAC/InterActiveCorp. He is Chairman of the Board of Advancit Acquisition Corp. 1.

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Stephanie Plaines

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Stephanie Plaines

Ms. Plaines served as the Chief Financial Officer of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (“JLL”) from March 2019 to November 2020. Prior to joining JLL, Ms. Plaines was the US Retail CFO at Starbucks Corporation from April 2017 to December 2018, CFO SamsClub.com at Walmart Global eCommerce from March 2016 to March 2017, and CFO Stop & Shop division at Ahold Delhaize from January 2011 to February 2016. Prior to joining Ahold Delhaize in 2004, Ms. Plaines held positions of increasing responsibility at Catalina Marketing Corporation, PepsiCo, Inc. and UBS Corporation

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Nancy Tellem

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Nancy Tellem

Ms. Tellem has served as the Executive Chairperson of JBF Interlude 2009 Ltd. (“Eko”) since April 2015 and previously served as Chief Media Officer of Eko from April 2015 to 2022. Ms. Tellem served as Microsoft Corporation’s President, Xbox and Digital Media Solutions Chief Executive Officer from September 2012 to October 2014. Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms. Tellem held positions of increasing responsibility at CBS Corporation (now ViacomCBS Inc.), including President of CBS Entertainment. Ms. Tellem holds board and advisory positions at Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Kode Labs as well as several nonprofits including Cranbrook Art Academy and Museum, Detroit Riverfront Conservatory, Seeds of Peace and BasBlue.

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Lauren Zalaznick

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Lauren Zalaznick

Ms. Zalaznick advises CEOs and founders spanning a wide variety of media sectors and strategic assignments, across a range of top-tier digital and media entities. She has served as a Senior Advisor to Boston Consulting Group in the Global TMT Practice since 2015. From 2002 to the end of 2013, Ms. Zalaznick held progressive positions of leadership within Comcast NBCUniversal, ultimately serving as Executive Vice President. During her prior tenure as Chair, Entertainment & Digital Networks at Comcast NBCUniversal, her portfolio included Bravo Media, Oxygen Media, the Style Network and the Telemundo broadcast network, as well as digital assets Fandango and Daily Candy. She was also responsible for the first cross-company environmental initiative, Green Is Universal.

 

Ms. Zalaznick is a former director of Penguin Random House, Shazam (acquired by Apple) and Refinery29 (acquired by Vice Media). Ms. Zalaznick is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She is a Trustee emerita of Brown University.

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