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Nielsen CEO explains decision to become chief diversity officer


Nielsen‘s David Kenny, in an appearance on CNBC on Friday, explained why he embedded the position of chief diversity officer into his responsibilities as chief executive officer of the marketing firm.

“There is no more powerful position than the CEO and, quite honestly, this isn’t going to change if the people with power don’t use that power to change it,” Kenny said in a “Closing Bell” interview.

Kenny, who is White, became chief executive in December 2018. In an April 2019 proxy statement, the company announced publicly that the title of chief diversity officer was added to Kenny’s duties. The executive position was last held by Angela Talton, a Black woman, who now owns a diversity…


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