David Rawlinson Joins Nielsen Board of Directors

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE:NLSN) announced today the recent addition of
David Rawlinson as a member of the company’s board of directors and a
member of the audit committee, effective February 8, 2017. Rawlinson is
an accomplished executive with deep experience delivering growth for
global online and ecommerce enterprises. He currently serves as
President of Online Business for W.W. Grainger, Inc. (“Grainger”), a
leading global supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products
with annual revenues of more than $10B, where he is responsible for the
full profit and loss, operations, strategy and continued growth and
expansion of Grainger’s global online business.

Since 2014, Rawlinson has served on the board of directors for MonotaRO,
Grainger’s publicly-traded online business in Japan valued at more than
$3.5B. He was one of three founding Managing Directors of Zoro Tools
Europe, Grainger’s first online business in Europe. Rawlinson joined
Grainger in 2012 as Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary,
where he was responsible for the company’s corporate governance
initiatives, M&A activities and support for the ecommerce and online
business model. Prior to Grainger, he held executive roles with ITT
Exelis, formerly ITT Corp.

Rawlinson served a Presidential appointment as a White House Fellow and
held positions in both the Bush and Obama Administrations. In the Obama
Administration, Rawlinson served as a Senior Advisor for Economic Policy
with the White House National Economic Council where he worked on the
financial crisis and initiatives to spur new business growth.

Rawlinson holds a B.A. from The Citadel, a J.D. from the University of
South Carolina and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE:NLSN) is a global performance management
company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers
Watch and Buy. Nielsen’s Watch segment provides media and advertising
clients with Total Audience measurement services across all devices
where content—video, audio and text—is consumed. The Buy segment offers
consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers the industry’s only
global view of retail performance measurement. By integrating
information from its Watch and Buy segments and other data sources,
Nielsen provides its clients with both world-class measurement as well
as analytics that help improve performance. Nielsen, an S&P 500 company,
has operations in over 100 countries that cover more than 90% of the
world’s population. For more information, visit www.nielsen.com.


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