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David is the current CEO and CDO at Nielsen, founding partner of Leading Executives Advancing Diversity (LEAD) Network, and council member of Advancing Diversity Leadership Council. Under his leadership, Nielsen have signed the LEAD Network Pledge to increase women in leadership from 39% to 46% by the end of 2021. They have also introduced a number of other initiatives which have put D&I at the center of the company including tying executive incentives to D&I targets, implementing Executive Leader representation for ERGs, adding D&I contributions into company annual performance reporting, and adding an inclusion index into the employee engagement survey. On conducting a Women in Leadership study in 2019 Neilson learned that they have equality for women in advancement, career movement, bonuses and performance reviews. David also helped launch a Wise up to Women research project which shapes how companies can rethink their approach to marketing, innovation and designing their services for women.

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