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Global Leadership

David Kenny was appointed Chief Executive Officer at Nielsen in November 2018. Kenny has spent his career in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, especially focused on the retail, marketing, and media industries. He has a deep and holistic understanding of media and advertisers and how best to serve them, and he has been a long time Nielsen customer and partner. Kenny has a proven track record of implementing growth strategies, overseeing strategic transactions and creating value for stakeholders. Most recently, Kenny served as Senior Vice President of Cognitive Solutions at IBM. There, he oversaw IBM’s artificial intelligence initiatives, using machine learning to support enterprise customers across a large number of verticals, including healthcare, financial services, retail, and media. Prior to that, he was Chairman and Chief Executive of The Weather Company, which was acquired by IBM. He served as President of Akamai, a cloud platform technology company; Managing Partner of VivaKi, a media company; and co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Digitas, Inc. Currently, David serves on the Board of Directors for Best Buy and Teach for America. David received his bachelor’s degree in industrial administration from the GM Institute (now Kettering University) and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

David Kenny , , , Chief Executive Officer
Chief Diversity Officer

Dave Anderson joined Nielsen in September 2018 as Chief Financial Officer and on March 1, 2019, he assumed the additional role of Chief Operating Officer. Dave spent 11 years as the Senior Vice President and CFO of Honeywell International. There, he was instrumental in increasing revenue, margin expansion and reshaping the company’s portfolio. A highly distinguished finance executive, Dave previously served as the Senior Vice President and CFO of ITT. Earlier in his career, he held the same role at Newport News Shipbuilding, where he successfully led the effort to take the company public on the New York Stock Exchange. Dave most recently served as CFO of Alexion Pharmaceuticals. Throughout his career, Dave has consistently been recognized by Institutional Investor’s survey of investors and sell-side analysts as one of America’s top CFOs. He was also named top Big Cap CFO by Investor Relations magazine in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Currently, Dave sits on the Board of Directors for American Electric Power (AEP) where he chairs the Finance Committee and serves on the Audit Committee. Dave received his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he co-founded the CFO Forum—bringing Booth faculty and CFO alumni together to review topics that address the continued professional and personal development of CFOs.

David Anderson , , , Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer

Michael Alicea is Nielsen’s Interim Chief Human Resources Officer and HR Lead of Nielsen Connect. He joined Nielsen in 1995 and is responsible for Nielsen’s HR strategy, which drives our people-oriented, innovative culture and the Nielsen Employee Experience. Michael possesses a strong background in a broad range of human resource disciplines including employee relations, performance management, training, and corporate initiative fulfillment. He has held a variety of leadership roles within the company in HR, communications and operations. Prior to his current role, Michael was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Global Product Leadership and Nielsen Business Media, including our former trade shows and publishing assets such as ShowWest, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Backstage and AdWeek among many others. Before that, he served as Vice President of Operations at PERQ/HCI. In 2001, Michael advanced to Vice President of ACNielsenHCI where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company. During his tenure there, he created the first online surveying tool for campaign tracking within the pharmaceutical industry. Before joining Nielsen, Michael held several HR positions in compensation, employee relations and labor within a large non-profit organization in New York City. Michael has a BBA in Human Resources and Organizational Management and has completed graduate coursework in Business Policy at Baruch College. In 2010 he also completed Nielsen’s Global Leadership Program in Bangalore, India. Michael is presently the Chairman of Nielsen’s External Advisory Board and serves on the Board of Directors for Emerald Co, publicly traded company on the NYSE and has served on the Emma Bowen Foundation board, which is dedicated to preparing minority youth for careers in the Media Industry.

Michael Alicea , , , Interim Chief Human Resources Officer

George Callard is Nielsen’s Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer. He joined Nielsen in January 2019 and is responsible for leading our Legal and Corporate Affairs organization, which includes all legal affairs, including litigation, intellectual property, transactions, compliance and integrity, corporate secretary, security and enterprise risk management. George has 25 years of extensive experience covering a broad range of operational and legal responsibilities. George joins Nielsen from Weather Group, where he was the chief executive responsible for operation and management of the company. He also served as Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel where he was responsible for all legal, regulatory and compliance matters. Prior to Weather Group, George served as vice president of legal and business affairs at NBCU, responsible for all legal matters affecting delivery and distribution of NBCU content. This included serving as lead counsel for Olympics, Bravo, Oxygen, and NBC Network retransmission consent. Previously, he had two tenures with AT&T (SBC & Ameritech). Earlier in his career, he served as counsel and assistant secretary and as senior counsel at the law firm Cinnamon Mueller and associate counsel for Multimedia Cablevision. George received his JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, has a Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor’s Degree from Union College.

George Callard , , , Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer

Karthik is Nielsen’s Chief Product and Technology Officer for Nielsen Global Media, where he leads the International Media product and technology teams. He was appointed to this role in January 2019. During his time at Nielsen, Karthik has held a variety of leadership roles spanning the U.S., Middle East and Asia for Nielsen’s Connect and Media businesses. Most recently, Karthik was the President of Nielsen Portfolio, where he led the Nielsen Entertainment, Nielsen Gracenote, Nielsen Brandbank and Nielsen Telecom businesses across all global markets. Previously, he led Gracenote during its acquisition and integration by Nielsen, which included building Gracenote’s management team, aligning its strategy, and driving growth across key markets and segments. Prior to Gracenote, he served as President, Expanded Verticals, and led the teams serving our advertiser and agency clients. Earlier in his career, Karthik was Executive Vice President of Digital Enablement, where he oversaw a global transformation program. He also led Nielsen’s Media Analytics business, which delivers deep analytical insights that help media companies with their ad sales and programming activities. As head of Nielsen China, Karthik oversaw the company’s initiatives towards China becoming one of the company’s fastest growing markets for Nielsen. Karthik began his career as an account executive at Ogilvy & Mather in India. Karthik has a passion for talent development and serves as Nielsen’s co-Executive Sponsor for the Asian Affinity Link (AAL) internal employee resource group. He holds a degree in Economics from Loyola University in Chennai and an MBA from Illinois State University.

Karthik Rao , , , Chief Product and Technology Officer
Nielsen Global Media

John Tavolieri is Nielsen’s Chief Product and Technology Officer for Nielsen Global Connect. In this role, he leads our Connect product and technology teams. John was appointed to this role in January 2019. Previously, John was Nielsen’s Chief Technology and Operations Officer, as well as the President of the FMCG and Retail commercial teams in the United States. Earlier in his career, he was Nielsen’s commercial leader in Western Europe. In this role, he led our commercial client engagement across sixteen countries with a focus on helping our clients drive improved business performance and growth. 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 led 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 , , , Chief Product and Technology Officer
Nielsen Global Connect

Patrick Dodd is Nielsen’s Chief Commercial Officer for Nielsen Global Connect, leading our global Connect commercial teams. He was appointed to this role in January 2019. Previously, Pat led Nielsen’s Global Markets Group, helping clients find tailored solutions to unlock growth in over 100 markets around the world. Earlier in his career, Pat led our businesses in 23 of the world’s fastest-growing markets. Pat has been with Nielsen for over 20 years. He has held numerous senior leadership positions with the company, including leading Nielsen’s Global Retailer Vertical and serving as President of Nielsen markets in Europe, China and Canada. He has also held a number of senior commercial roles consulting with major fast moving consumer goods and retailer clients around the world. Pat is widely recognized as a thought leader within the FMCG and omnichannel retail sectors and is a regular speaker at industry events. Pat is based in Geneva, Switzerland and holds an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

Pat Dodd , , , Chief Commercial Officer
Nielsen Global Connect

Laura Nelson is an award-winning strategic communicator with a long history of success developing integrated communications and marketing programs. A media industry veteran, she was named Nielsen’s Chief Communications Officer in February 2014. In this role, Laura is responsible for developing and sustaining an overarching messaging strategy that builds upon Nielsen’s legacy and highlights the innovations that drive the business forward. She oversees internal and external communications, client communications, investor communications, issues management, executive communications, industry relations, and corporate events. Laura began her career at Nielsen as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications where she oversaw the marketing and communications strategy for all of the company’s media, audience, and advertising businesses. Previously, she spent 18 years in TV, including stints at Oxygen, VH1, Comedy Central, and Current TV.

Laura Nelson , , , Chief Communications Officer

Board of Directors


Other public company directorships: Current: Syniverse Holdings, Inc., CoreSite Realty Corporation Past 5 years: Getty Images, Inc. Mr. Attwood has served on Nielsen's Board since 2006 and has served as Chairman of the Board since January 1, 2016. He served as Lead Independent Director of the Board from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. On July 26, 2018, Mr. Attwood assumed the title of Executive Chairman 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. In conjunction with the conclusion of the strategic review on November 7, 2019, Mr. Attwood resumed his role as Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Attwood is a Managing Director of 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, he was with Goldman, Sachs & Co.

James A. Attwood Jr. , , , - Chairman


Other public company directorships: Current: Best Buy Teach for America Past 5 years: None Kenny has spent his career in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, especially focused on the retail, marketing, and media industries. He has a deep and holistic understanding of media and advertisers and how best to serve them, and he has been a long time Nielsen customer and partner. Kenny has a proven track record of implementing growth strategies, overseeing strategic transactions and creating value for stakeholders. Most recently, Kenny served as Senior Vice President of Cognitive Solutions at IBM. There, he oversaw IBM’s artificial intelligence initiatives, using machine learning to support enterprise customers across a large number of verticals, including healthcare, financial services, retail, and media. Prior to that, he was Chairman and Chief Executive of The Weather Company, which was acquired by IBM. He served as President of Akamai, a cloud platform technology company; Managing Partner of VivaKi, a media company; and co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Digitas, Inc. David received his bachelor’s degree in industrial administration from the GM Institute (now Kettering University) and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

David Kenny , , , - Chief Executive Officer

Other public company directorships: Current: Logitech International S.A. Past 5 years: None Mr. De Luca has served on Nielsen's Board since 2017 and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Logitech International S.A. since January 2008. Mr. De Luca joined Logitech International S.A. 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.

Guerrino De Luca , ,

Other public company directorships: Current: None Past 5 years: The Chubb Corporation Ms. Hoguet has served on Nielsen's Board since 2010 and served as the Chief Financial Officer of Macy’s, Inc. from October 1997 until July of 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 Directors of Hebrew Union College and UCHealth.

Karen M. Hoguet , ,

Other public company directorships: Current: Qualcomm Incorporated Gilead Sciences, Inc. Whirlpool Corporation Past 5 years: Pearson plc Hindustan Unilever Limited Mr. Manwani has served on Nielsen's Board since 2015 and has been Senior Operating Partner/ Global Executive Advisor for the Blackstone Group since February 2015. He retired from Unilever plc, a leading global consumer products company, at the end of 2014, where he served as the global Chief Operating Officer from September 2011 until his retirement. Mr. Manwani joined Hindustan Unilever Limited (a majority-owned subsidiary of Unilever) in 1976. Through his career, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Unilever which gave him wide ranging international and general management experience. Mr. Manwani is also a member of the Board of Tata Sons Limited and the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business.

Harish Manwani , ,

Other public company directorships: Current: None Past 5 years: Medtronic Public Limited Mr. Pozen has served on Nielsen's Board since 2010. From July 1, 2010 through December 31, 2011, Mr. Pozen was Chairman Emeritus of MFS Investment Management. Prior to that, he was Chairman of MFS Investment Management since February 2004. He 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 from 2002 to 2004 and the Chairman of the SEC Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting from 2007 to 2008. From 1987 through 2001, Mr. Pozen worked for Fidelity Investments in various jobs, serving as President of Fidelity Management and Research Co. from 1997 through 2001. He is currently a director of AMC, a subsidiary of the International Finance Corporation, a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management, a non-resident fellow of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Advisory Board of Perella Weinberg Partners and Chairman of the Leadership Council of the Tax Policy Committee.

Robert C. Pozen , ,

Other public company directorships: Current: MonotaRO Co., Ltd. Past 5 years: None Mr. Rawlinson has served on Nielsen's Board since 2017. He is the SVP & President of the Online Business of W.W. Grainger, where he also previously served as the Vice President for Operations for the Online Business. 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. Prior to ITT Exelis, Mr. Rawlinson served as a White House Fellow and in appointed positions for the George W. Bush and Obama Administrations. In the Bush Administration, he was a leader of the outgoing transition. In the Obama Administration, he served as Senior Advisor for Economic Policy at the White House National Economic Council.

David Rawlinson , ,

Other public company directorships: Current: Starbucks Corporation J.C. Penney Company, Inc. Past 5 years: None Mr. Teruel has served on Nielsen's Board since 2010. He is a Partner of Spectron Desarrollo, SC, an investment management and consulting firm; Chairman of Alta Growth Capital, a private equity firm; and a majority owner of Mexican investment firm, Desarrolo Empressarial Sebara, SA de CV. Previously, Mr. Teruel served as Vice Chairman of Colgate-Palmolive Company, from July 2004 to April 2007. Prior to being appointed Vice Chairman, he served in positions of increasing importance at Colgate 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.

Javier G. Teruel , ,

Other public company directorships: Current: GoPro, Inc. RTL Group Past 5 years: None Ms. Zalaznick has served on Nielsen's Board since 2016. She is currently a senior strategic advisor to leading media and digital companies. From 2004 through December 2013, Ms. Zalaznick held various roles of increasing responsibility within NBCUniversal Media, LLC. In 2010 she became Chairman, Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media. In that capacity she had responsibility for the cable entertainment networks Bravo Media, Oxygen Media, and The Style Network; the Telemundo Spanish language broadcast network; and she ran the company’s digital portfolio. She was promoted to Executive Vice President at Comcast NBCUniversal until departing the company at the end of 2013. Ms. Zalaznick is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Critical Content. She is a senior advisor to The Boston Consulting Group, TMT practice, and to leading content and tech start-ups, including Refinery29, Atlas Obscura, Fatherly.com and Gimlet Media.

Lauren Zalaznick , ,

Committee Composition

Audit Committee Compensation Committee Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee
James A. Attwood Jr.
Karen M. Hoguet
Robert C. Pozen
Javier G. Teruel
Harish Manwani
Lauren Zalaznick
David Rawlinson
Guerrino De Luca
 Chairperson      Member