Nielsen (NLSN) Appoints Nancy Ramsey Phillips as HR Officer

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Nielsen Holdings N.V.NLSN recently appointed Nancy Ramsey Phillips to the position of Human Resources Officer.

In her illustrious career, Phillips has served many industries, including technology-driven, digitally focused organizations. Most recently, Phillips was the Executive Vice President and CHRO at Broadcom Corporation in Irvine. Prior to Broadcom, she led the HR organization of Hewlett-Packard's Enterprise Services business group. She also worked with General Electric and Chief Human Resources officer at Fifth Third Bank during the economic crisis.

Phillips boasts a Bachelors of Arts degree in English with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Delaware and a Juris Doctorate from Samford University.

Management believes that her considerable experience and business proficiency will be instrumental in helping the company achieve its long-term goals.

In third-quarter 2016, Nielsen's revenues were up 2.5% year over year on the back of solid performance by its Buy and Watch businesses. Also, earnings of 74 cents beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a couple of cents.

The company is expected to report fourth-quarter results on Feb 9.

Over the last one year, shares of Nielsen have underperformed the Zacks characterized Business Information Services industry. The stock has registered a loss of 5.51% against the industry's gain of 8.90%.

To Conclude

Nielsen Holdings is an information and measurement company which offers media and marketing information and analytics about what consumers watch (consumer interaction with television, online and mobile) and buy on a global as well as local basis. The company has built a strong portfolio through product introductions.

Continued dividend payment and share repurchase reflect Nielsen's financial strength and commitment to return value to its shareholders. Also, the company's product launches are progressing well and should drive revenues in the near term.

Recently, the company accelerated its audience measurement efforts with the Gracenote buyout. The acquisition is a step on its part to adopt the latest methodologies to keep pace with shifting media habits. We believe that by leveraging Gracenote's global content database, Neilsen will be able to develop more expansive and detailed tracking methods.

However, continued investments in technology and infrastructure remain concerns and could weigh on margins and profitability in the near term and beyond.

Currently, Nielsen has a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).

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