Nielsen hires West for CFO post


The Nielsen Co., the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, said Friday it has hired former General Electric executive Brian West as chief financial officer. West will take the place of Rob Ruijter, who had been CFO through the company's transition from VNU to The Nielsen Co. Ruijter will return to The Netherlands, but also work for Nielsen as an executive adviser to the supervisory board and a member of the executive board. West spent 16 years in financial management at GE, most recently as CFO of GE Aviation, Infrastructure. Nielsen Co. CEO David Calhoun, who also used to work at GE, said: "Brian's leadership and drive are outstanding, and I know he is up to the challenge of building a world-class finance organization for our company."