Meet Nielsen’s Newest Top Legal Eagle


Nielsen‘s new CEO now has a fresh face at the top of its legal department, starting Jan. 22.

Eric J. Dale has resigned as Chief Legal Officer “to pursue an opportunity” outside of the fiscally wounded provider of ratings data to media companies and advertisers and agencies.

Replacing him is the former President of the The Weather Channel.

Soon to serve as Kenny’s No. 1 lawyer in the organization is George D. Callard. 

The change comes after Dale opted to end his tenure at Nielsen, which he joined in 2015.

Callard has 25 years of extensive experience covering a broad range of administrative and legal responsibilities. Callard’s legal experience includes stints at AT&T and NBCUniversal before landing at Weather Group LLC, the company that was created after certain assets of The Weather Company were sold to IBM.

At The Weather Company, he was responsible for a variety of legal and government relations functions including mergers and acquisitions, regulatory and compliance issues, litigation, risk management, global strategic investments and joint ventures, intellectual property, global product and software development licensing, data and online privacy.

“George’s experience, keen legal mind and thoughtful approach make him a terrific addition to our company at this time,” said Kenny.

“Nielsen’s role as the trusted, independent source of truth that underpins markets around the world makes this a unique and powerful opportunity. I’m thrilled to join this team at this time of great evolution,” added Callard.