Nielsen Hires Habib

Nielsen Hires Habib

There are 3701 comments on the story from Mar 5, 2007, titled Nielsen Hires Habib. In it, reports that:

In this newly created position, Habib, 46, will have worldwide responsibility for all operational and information-technology functions at Nielsen.

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I Remember

Plant City, FL

#1855 Mar 27, 2009
Yeah.. I remember. Soon the buildings will be as empty as a ho's dream. Built on a swamp, you know.
The Original Curious

New Port Richey, FL

#1856 Mar 28, 2009
who="ketan"It is good that nielsen eureka is taken over by tcs with this there will be much discipline in the oraganization and true people will get the reward for their performance not through the politics like somebody who is doing better work then also they receive less rewards.TCS will recognize the true qualities of Employees.

Life is but a game
Win some, lose some
Not about feeling good
That’s the truth, it does just hurt
Nee to Kill Bill and
The Indian from Surat
The Government has to make a rule if the Indian is not educated here in the US, just don't give him H1B or don't hire him/her e.g.; people like those ethnocentric moron TCS Indians. They got advantage because moron to the power x (x>2) Calhoun and his puppett Habib or vice versa. If they are here for some time then at least they have the time to develop some good attitude.
It is irony that Hollywood loves Indian as well since a mediocre film got 8 oscars. The average pretty girl is thriving.
The Original Curious

Tampa, FL

#1857 Mar 28, 2009
Just for the record, the previous, semi-literate poster is not me.

Sultan of Swing

Palm Harbor, FL

#1858 Mar 29, 2009
Recently a memo was issued in Dunedin regarding the call center's performance. No more food and no more reading in the booths. Probably a good thing eliminating food as it just adds to the filth, however, the R.I.'s are not the problem. It isn't their fault that the company bought a useless SPSS system that simply does not work. It isn't their fault that Angela, even with all her charts and graphs, did not have the smarts to know that more people will be needed to handle the work load. On this forum there is much venom directed at Habib. Love or hate him, the guy is doing the job he was hired to do. Make money. Angela, on the other hand, is in charge of running the call centers. There is always a "fall guy". The R.I.'s have become the fall guy. Unfortunately, Steve H, who is a good guy, probably will take the fall if Dunedin doesn't perform up to Angela's charts. Shame. Maybe she doesn't understand that 1/3 of the respondants will be delighted that Nielsen called. 1/3 will hang up on any strange voice. That leaves the 1/3 the R.I. can "sell". Her persuading mandate is short of unsavory. The other night a feeble voice answered a diary week call. "I'm, 85 and disabled and my husband is blind. I'm so sorry but we just can't do this". Speaking of diary week. Quality insists on reading ALL the verbage even when an intelligent respondant says hey, I'm no idiot I know how to do it! Result, a bunch of robots reading badly written and awkward scripts.
The Original Curious

Clearwater, FL

#1859 Mar 29, 2009
General Motors Chief Executive Rick Wagoner will resign as part of the federal government's plan to bail out the struggling automaker, White House and GM officials told CNN Sunday.

How'bout the Nielsen's CEO?

Oldsmar, FL

#1860 Mar 30, 2009

Ajax, Canada

#1861 Mar 30, 2009
never learn wrote:
<quoted text>
mh & dc received a good part of their bonuses up front, no?
Maybe / maybe not but they are saying the final yes to the MH puppets who are definitely getting bonuses

Ajax, Canada

#1862 Mar 30, 2009
Happy 2B Gone wrote:
Interesting article:
What does this mean?
This is not uncommon and if the suppliers provide the discount they get paid in 15 days ... electronic payment is faster and more efficient - unless it is outsourced to untrained staff...hmmm

However, I bet all the bonuses went out right on time :(
The Original Curious

New Port Richey, FL

#1863 Mar 30, 2009
Obviously, MH, DC, SW and others might have pocketed a lot more money than they deserve.
McLovin wrote:
Nielsen Sucks

San Jose, CA

#1864 Mar 31, 2009
DC, Mitchell and their generals (Shankar Iyer, Itzhak Fisher) have just informed about 50% of engineering at Nielsen Online will be replaced by TCS engineers. Some will stay on board for another 2-3 months to transfer knowledge/train their tcs counterparts, while others were let go the same day!
Those greedy bastards! Hopefully this happens to their family so they get what they deserve.
Nielsen Sucks

San Jose, CA

#1865 Mar 31, 2009
Oh, a week after layoff off his department, Shankar Iyer got a promotion!
1600 for 2009

Dunedin, FL

#1866 Mar 31, 2009
1600 for 2009

Dunedin, FL

#1867 Mar 31, 2009
Published: March 30, 2009 - 2:42 pm
Market research powerhouse Nielsen Co. has taken a restructuring charge to cover a headcount reduction of 1,600 in 2009, or less than 5% of its work force, company officials disclosed in a conference call with investors and analysts last week.
Chief Financial Officer Brian West declined on the call March 27 to detail the timing or precise areas of the reductions, which are in addition to the 4,100 announced shortly after the company, formerly known as VNU, was taken private in 2006.
But Mr. West indicated the moves are part of the continuing integration of the company's operations and efforts to grow earnings ahead of revenue, as the company did last year and in the fourth quarter despite a sharp slowdown in the second half.
Nielsen, which operates Nielsen Media Research, the Nielsen retail-tracking and consumer-panel business, Nielsen Online and Nielsen Business Media, with titles including Adweek, booked the charge in the fourth quarter, Mr. West said.
"I will tell you that a charge of that magnitude, in this kind of environment, we're going to make sure that's it's reasonable payback, one of which we'll enjoy the benefits of through the course of '09," he said of the upfront accounting charge to pay for the headcount reduction.
He noted that Nielsen increased its bottom line 12.5% in 2008 on 4.5% revenue growth to $5 billion (excluding currency effects), adding that such numbers are possible "through the solid operating leverage that we saw.... We're very focused on integration productivity. We've shown an ability to deliver it, and as we head into '09 we need it now more than ever."
While Nielsen fared better than many in marketing on both the top and bottom lines last year, neither it nor the rest of the research industry has been immune to the recession. Arbitron last week announced it will lay off more than 100 employees, or 10% of its work force.
Nielsen's revenue rose 1% in the fourth quarter, a sharp deceleration from the 7% growth for the first half.
Hardest hit by the recession was Nielsen Business Media, with revenue down 23% in the fourth quarter and 11% on the year. Nielsen's expositions business also was down 10% in the fourth quarter.
Nielsen Media Research fared far better, with revenue up 10% on the year and 11% in the fourth quarter, with about four points of growth coming from acquisitions. But Mr. West added: "As we head into '09, it's not going to stay that high."
The consumer business, which includes scanner and panel data for package-goods clients, came in flat in the fourth quarter despite two account wins in the second half and an agreement by Nielsen's biggest customer, Procter & Gamble Co., to re-up its contract for five more years.
A bright spot in that business, however, remained media and pricing analytics as marketers upped budgets to gauge the effects of recession. Nielsen's analytics revenues were up 22% for the year, though they slowed to 10% growth in the fourth quarter.
Nielsen Online was another bright spot, albeit with a similar trajectory -- up 16% on the year but only 5% in the fourth quarter.

Ajax, Canada

#1868 Mar 31, 2009
1600 for 2009 wrote:
The only reasons revenue is up is because they let go of all the loyal employees and outsourced ... the revenues did not go up the salaries and overhead went down

Ajax, Canada

#1869 Mar 31, 2009
Just found this online ...

FYI - Re the mentions at the end ..

Andrew Cawood - now at Nielsen
Kathie Miller - now at Nielsen
Robby LeBlanc - now at Nielsen

do we see a pattern - same teams, same damage, same big a$$ bonuses

same puppets

Posted by: Meridith Levinson in News

Topic: Personal Management
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I received a copy of the following memo announcing Mitchell Habib's departure from Citigroup from a Citigroup employee...

To: North America Operations & Technology Employees

From: Rich Garside

North America O&T

Date: October 25, 2006

Subject: Organizational Announcement

Today, we are announcing that Mitchell Habib, who has led our North America Information Technology function, will be leaving Citigroup on November 1st. Mitchell has agreed to continue providing expertise and support on some key initiatives during the transition period.

Since joining the organization in June 2004, Mitchell has been instrumental in shaping the direction of Information Technology across North America. We will continue to leverage the vision, strategy, operating model and structural framework as we move forward.

Under his leadership, the team has made significant progress on multiple fronts -operational excellence, strengthening control functions, improving financial performance, simplifying the environment and defining an integrated technology roadmap for the NA Consumer Group that creates a single, common view of the customer across all operations. In addition, the team has focused on talent, education, communications and performance management. I appreciate and thank Mitchell for his contributions to the team over the past 2-plus years.

We will establish the following reporting relationships on an interim basis as we transition to a new leader:

Jeff Saunders – RDNA, Al Evans - Cards, Virginia Bonaro – CBG (Interim), Don Eichenseer - eBusiness, Mike Gehlen – Business Intelligence and Susan Preziosa – Collections, will report to Andrew Cawood – CIO, CLG.
Jan McManus - Resource Optimization, Brian Boyer – Site Consolidation, Beth Tate – Risk and Control, Kathie Miller – Communications and Education, and Charles Blauner – Information Security, will report to Shawn Varnadore – Chief of Staff.
Robby LeBlanc – CFO will report to Walt Mulflur.
Andrew and Shawn, Kevin Denneny - CTO, David McClymont - Infrastructure, and Nancy Hoover Ubal – HR, will report directly to me.
I would ask you to join me in wishing Mitchell all the best.
Tired of Negative People

United States

#1870 Mar 31, 2009
Crapadelic wrote:
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The only reasons revenue is up is because they let go of all the loyal employees and outsourced ... the revenues did not go up the salaries and overhead went down
You should really attend a financial awareness course.

Revenue is independent of expenses. Revenue is up because the company is selling more. EBITDA is up more then revenue because expenses are down. That's called leverage. Good companies deliver 1.5% leverage. Great companies are 2.0% or greater.
Been Gone Awhile

Brandon, FL

#1871 Mar 31, 2009
To 1600 for 2009: That article had the wrong title. It should have said: Nielsen Cuts 1600 MORE Jobs.

Ajax, Canada

#1872 Apr 1, 2009
Been Gone Awhile wrote:
To 1600 for 2009: That article had the wrong title. It should have said: Nielsen Cuts 1600 MORE Jobs.
Totally agree !!
Sultan of Swing

Palm Harbor, FL

#1873 Apr 1, 2009
Here's a handy tip for R.I.'s using the (gulp) SPSS system. Just another the the multitude of problems with this system. When you are being monitored by "quality" you can actually hear them! A sound similar to what would happen if you are on your home phone and someone picks up an extension.

Rockville, MD

#1874 Apr 1, 2009
Sultan of Swing wrote:
Here's a handy tip for R.I.'s using the (gulp) SPSS system. Just another the the multitude of problems with this system. When you are being monitored by "quality" you can actually hear them! A sound similar to what would happen if you are on your home phone and someone picks up an extension.
YES I have heard it ! Too funny ! Another F^@& Up in the Nielsen realm.

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