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Nielsen Media Organization

Nielsen is the world’s leading global Media measurement company. Commencing in early 2021, Nielsen Holdings, PLC will be split into two separate organizations; one focused on consumer purchasing preferences and the other focused on consumer media preferences. Inasmuch as the current incumbent will transition as the Chief Security Officer for the Nielsen consumer preference organization, this new role will have responsibility for the Nielsen Media organization which will be headquartered in New York, New York. 


The Global Chief Security (CSO) role is the most senior corporate security role in the Nielsen Media organization and will report directly to the Deputy General Counsel. This critically important leadership role has global responsibility and accountability for developing and executing a global security and risk management program as well as leading a world class, global security organization to identify risks, develop innovative and cost-effective risk mitigation strategies, conduct sensitive internal investigations and play an important leadership role in crisis management, COVID-19 pandemic response planning and enterprise risk management. 



  • Day-to-day operations: Lead a diverse team of security and risk professionals as well as developing, implementing and overseeing innovative and cost-effective strategies to assess and mitigate risks, protect Nielsen’s people, business operations, and reputation for integrity. We value close collaboration with important stakeholders including Legal, Human Resources, Cyber Security, business leaders and extended stakeholders in the community.  Identify and integrate leading and cost-effective and security and risk management practices into day-to-day operations of the organization. 
  • Fraud Prevention: Develop, implement and refine security processes and policies, to identify and reduce risks, limit liability and potential exposure to financial fraud. Conduct annual fraud risk assessment with appropriate stakeholders. Closely collaborate with the Chief Auditor and Corporate Audit Staff in developing fraud prevention initiatives. Prepare and deliver semi-annual reports on the issue of fraud prevention and internal investigations. 
  • Employee Safety, COVID-19 & Pandemic Risk Management:  Exert strong leadership in assessing and recommending to senior executive leadership the feasibility and timing for reopening offices and resuming field operations previously closed in response to COVID-19 as well as recommending actions in the wake of new recidivism in infections. Build and maintain close, productive liaison with world class recognized medical experts, recognized health authorities and distill their expertise into actionable policies and guidelines for global adoption. 
  • Crisis Management and Disaster Recovery: Create cost-effective plans and exert strong leadership in crisis management situations arising from natural disasters, physical threats, political risks, as well as international and domestic acts of terrorism. 
  • Law Enforcement & Regulatory Agency Liaison:  Effectively engage in productive liaison with appropriate senior officials in federal, state, local law enforcement agencies and Nielsen’s regulatory agencies, to effectively address risks from workplace violence, domestic and international  terrorism, data integrity, intellectual property theft as well as unforseeable future contingencies. 
  • Investigations: Oversee robust protocols to ensure consistent, efficient, and cost-effective sensitive investigations. Actively manage sensitive investigations into allegations of financial fraud, theft of intellectual property and other violations of Nielsen Media’s Code of Conduct under the oversight of internal counsel and/or external counsel, as appropriate. 
  • Vendor Management:  Lead and provide oversight of a curated suite of specialized security vendors to provide discreet, effective and highly specialized security services in support of key investigations, emergency response and executive protection. 
  • Risk Management: Identify, prioritize and create cost-effective strategies to mitigate both internal and external risks. 



You are seeking to become a trusted advisor to C-level executives and Board members on the most sensitive issues at Nielsen. You are independent and take a proactive approach with a bias for action.  You possess exceptional interpersonal communication and public-speaking skills. You understand the value of collaboration and have the ability to build relationships quickly with cross functional stakeholders. You have a quick analytical mind, comfortable with ambiguity and demonstrate strong and effective leadership in rapidly developing situations. You exhibit professionalism, exercise complete discretion, and are adept at handling sensitive matters while maintaining the confidentiality of stakeholders. You are comfortable making the transition from a highly accomplished career in the public sector now into the private sector. 




  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, economics, business administration or a related field (a foreign equivalent degree acceptable). A Masters degree and/or prestigious Executive Education equivalents in corporate risk management are also highly desirable. 
  • Exceptional performance within Federal law enforcement as a Special Agent (GS-1811-14 or above) or as a federal prosecutor. Direct experience in managing complex global investigations into allegations of intellectual property theft, white collar crime, cyber crime and/or transnational crime  is highly desirable. 
  • Public sector overseas experience in a key leadership role is highly desirable. 
  • 5+ years of progressively responsible, post-baccalaureate experience in onsite financial and business-asset risk mitigation within a global corporate environment.
  • Proven experience in prior leadership roles in planning and leading diverse and cross-functional crisis management teams to successful outcomes. 
  • Proven experience in leading global investigations across complex regulatory and privacy frameworks and well as distilling key findings into succinct, clear and concise reports suitable for executive and board level dissemination. 
  • Proficient in understanding and communicating data integrity and technology risks. CISM or CISSP is desirable, but not a minimum requirement. 
  • Proven experience in recruiting, developing and managing a diverse, international team.
  • Proven experience in identifying, developing and managing a network of specialized security contractors to provide real-time, onsite resources, benchmark data and access to actionable intelligence. 
  • Proven experience in preparing and delivering exceptional, crisp and succinct briefings to senior executives and boards of directors. 


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