Nielsen, global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, has promoted CFO Brian West to the position of COO, and hired Jamere Jackson, recently with General Electric, as CFO – both effective March 10.“Our company has never been in a better place, due in large measure to Brian’s vision, leadership, and execution over the last seven years,” says Mitch Barns, Nielsen CEO. “Brian is a trusted colleague and an exceptional business partner, with a proven track record of value creation. As a key member of our leadership team, he has played an integral role in defining our growth strategy, allocating capital and delivering value to our shareholders. His deep understanding of Nielsen’s people, operations, and clients well positions him to drive value in his new role as COO.”
West has been Nielsen’s CFO since 2007, where he was closely involved in the private-to-public transformation of the company. Prior to joining Nielsen, he spent 16 years at General Electric where he held senior financial positions in GE businesses including Aviation, Plastics and NBC. He began his career through the GE Financial Management Program in 1991.
West succeeds Mitchell Habib who will move to the next phase of his career after a transition period, building on his long track record of accomplishments at Nielsen.
“Mitchell’s contributions to the success of our business over the past seven years have been extraordinary,” says Barns. “He has an amazing ability to drive change and achieve results. The leadership infrastructure he built continuously produces improvements in the speed, quality, and reliability of our products, all resulting in added value for our clients.”
Jackson spent nearly 10 years in senior finance roles at General Electric, including key roles within the Oil & Gas and Aviation businesses. Prior to that he held financial, controller and planning roles with several of Nielsen’s largest clients, including PepsiCo and The Procter & Gamble Company.
“Jamere’s extensive experience in leading global finance operations and driving profitable growth make him an excellent choice to help drive Nielsen’s performance to new heights,” says Banes. “His business acumen and proven leadership will be great additions to our senior team and company as we continue along our positive trajectory to achieving our long-term financial framework and enhancing shareholder return.”