Nielsen this morning announced that James Attwood Jr. has been named non-executive chairman of its board, succeeding David Calhoun, the former Nielsen CEO who has served as executive chairman since 2014.
Attwood is managing director and head of the global telecommunications and media group at private equity firm The Carlyle Group. Nielsen, which currently is a public company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, has had a storied succession of going public and private and creating wealth for investors along the way.Carlyle was one of the private equity firms that controlled Nielsen prior to its most recent public offering.
Attwood previously served as the Nielsen board's lead independent director.
Calhoun will continue to serve as a director on Nielsen's board.