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Advisory Board

External Advisory Board

The A.C. Nielsen Center External Advisory Board is a highly involved group of senior level executives who serve as the voice of industry and help guide the development of program curriculum and networking for job opportunities. The board is led by an executive committee elected by the board. More than 30 board members come to campus twice a year to meet with faculty and students. They also sponsor workshops, guest lecture in classes, and offer site visits to their companies. Each student is assigned two mentors within the external advisory board to assist in their career development.

Polly Baur

Vice President, Global Consumer Insights and Business Analytics
SC Johnson

Carrie Breisach

Head of Insights – US Snacks
General Mills

John Copeland

Vice President, Marketing and Customer Insights
Adobe

Dennis Degeneffe

Owner
Consumer Centric Solutions

Ann Dencker

Hiebing

Eric Dolan

Associate Director – Global Strategic Insights
Johnson & Johnson

Bob Drane

Partner
Growth Catalysts

David Gailey

Enterprise Customer Success Manager
Qualtrics

Lisa Gudding

Executive Vice President
Ipsos

Anshu Gupta

Senior Director, Global Marketing—Alzheimer’s Diagnostics
Eli Lilly and Company

Brian Hart

Brand – Senior Manager, Analytics and Insights Team Leader
Procter & Gamble

Barry Jennings

Director, Cloud & Enterprise Insights
Microsoft

Jim Lane

President and Chief Executive Officer
Directions Research, Inc.

Julian Lopez

AVP of Member & Market Insights
USAA

Jay Luttrell

Principal
Growth*Speed Partners

Paul Markowitz

Senior Manager, Global Advanced Analytics Group
Bain & Company

Tara Marotti

Chief Client Officer
Burke, Inc.

Ziad Matta

Consumer Insights Director
American Family Insurance

Paul Metz

Executive Vice President and Managing Partner
C+R Research Services, Inc.

Julie Norvaisas

Senior Director of User Experience Research
LinkedIn

Tanya Schooley

Director Marketing Insights, Oncology
AbbVie

Nicole Thomas

Human Insights Director, CX, Personalization and Big Data
The Clorox Company

Malcolm Thorne

Partner
4490 Ventures

Tsvetan Tsvetkov

SVP Marketing Effectiveness
The Nielsen Company

Executive Committee

The A.C. Nielsen Center’s Executive Committee was established with the creation of the center in 1990. The first chair of the executive committee was Bob Drane. Bob has been an active member of the board and engaged mentor to A.C. Nielsen Center students for more than 20 years. Executive committee members are nominated and elected by their fellow board members each spring. At each fall board meeting the torch is passed to the new committee chair.

John Copeland

Vice President, Marketing and Customer Insights
Adobe

Lisa Gudding

Executive Vice President
Ipsos

Anshu Gupta

Senior Director, Global Marketing—Alzheimer’s Diagnostics
Eli Lilly and Company

Julie Norvaisas

Senior Director of User Experience Research
LinkedIn