Nielsen Officially Ups DEI Head To Chief Diversity Officer


As of today, the CEO at Nielsen is no longer holding double duty as the company’s Chief Diversity Officer.

That’s because the dominant audience measurement and consumer data company in the U.S. has selected a woman who joined the company in January 2020 to direct diversity and inclusion initiatives to hold the position.

Sandra Sims-Williams will take over CDO duties from CEO David Kenny, who has held the CDO title in addition to CEO since February 2019.

She will continue to lead Nielsen’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) team, working to develop a more inclusive culture for the company and increase diverse representation, while rising from Senior Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I).

Prior to joining Nielsen, Sims-Williams led diversity and inclusion efforts at Publicis Groupe as Chief Diversity Officer and has a deep background in diverse leadership development, retention programming, analytics and effectiveness, supplier diversity, multicultural talent acquisition, and corporate initiatives that drive diversity and inclusion cross-functionally.