Susan Whiting is Vice Chair of Nielsen. She was appointed to this role in November 2008. She was also named Chief Diversity Officer in October 2010. Sharing the Office of the CEO with CEO David Calhoun, Susan focuses on global client relations, communications and marketing, public and government affairs, corporate social responsibility, and Nielsen’s diversity initiatives.
Susan joined Nielsen Media Research in 1978 as part of the company's management training program. She became president and chief operating officer in 2001, and CEO in 2002. Following the acquisition and integration of the Nielsen company businesses by new owners in 2006, Susan was appointed Chairman of Nielsen Media Research and Executive Vice President of Nielsen, with marketing and product leadership responsibilities for all global Nielsen business units.
Susan serves as a member of Nielsen’s Executive Council, and was a recipient of the 2009 Women Who Make a Difference Award from the International Women's Forum. In 2007, Susan was recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of their “Women to Watch,” and she was named that same year by Crain's New York Business as one of the “100 Most Influential Women in New York City.”
Susan is a vice chair of the Corporate Fund Board of the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, and sits on the Board of Directors for MarkMonitor, the Ad Council, and the YMCA of Greater New York. In addition, she is a board trustee of Chicago's Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Susan is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the International Women’s Forum and the Chicago Women’s Network.
Susan graduated from Denison University and currently serves as trustee of the University.