David Calhoun and Rick Kash

David L. Calhoun is Chief Executive Officer of The Nielsen Company. He was appointed to this role in August 2006.

Prior to joining Nielsen, Dave served as Vice Chairman of The General Electric Company and President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Infrastructure, the largest of six GE business units.  Under Dave’s leadership, this business contributed over $47 billion in revenues and $9 billion in profits to the company, driven by a team of over 120,000 employees around the world.

During his 26 year career with General Electric, Dave served as President and Chief Executive Officer of multiple business units, including GE Lighting, GE Employers Reinsurance Company, GE Aircraft Engines, GE Transportation (Aircraft and Rail) and ultimately GE Infrastructure.

Earlier in his career at General Electric, Dave held a wide range of operating, finance, and marketing roles across the corporate team as well as within GE Plastics and GE Capital. Dave joined GE after graduating from Virginia Tech in 1979.

Dave sits on the Board of Directors of The Boeing Corporation and Medtronic, Inc. and is a member of Virginia Tech’s Pamplin Advisory Council, which advises the university on student and alumni issues.

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Rick Kash is the founder and Chairman of The Cambridge Group, a division of Nielsen and one of the world’s preeminent growth strategy consulting firms.

Rick is also the author of The New Law of Demand and Supply: The Revolutionary New Demand Strategy for Faster Growth and Higher Profits. Prior to founding The Cambridge Group, Rick co-founded Spectra Marketing Systems, a micro-marketing supermarket and mass merchandiser information system used by more than 90 percent of Packaged Goods and Beverage marketers.

Rick is a member of the United States Senate Business Forum, a group of 36 businesspeople selected by U.S. Senators. The group meets with Senators and Cabinet members on a quarterly basis to provide independent views on national matters affecting the economy and U.S. business performance.

Rick serves on a number of community and business boards and speaks frequently to business groups on the subject of business growth. He is the past president of the Better Boys and Girls Foundation and The Huff Scholarship Foundation for underprivileged children. Along with John Mackey and Jack Kemp, he founded the NFL Players Awards Dinner which has raised $27,000,000 for underprivileged children.

For the past 18 years, Rick has actively participated in funding cancer research in the United States, as well as in Europe and Japan. He serves as the Chairman of Genus Oncology, a research partnership with Harvard's Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

A native of Chicago, Rick is a graduate of DePaul University.

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