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Wendy Bashnan

Chief Security Officer

The Nielsen Company

Wendy is the Chief Security Officer for the Nielsen Company. As an accomplished risk and resilience activist she has a history of advocating strategic partnerships, directing high-performance teams, and fostering business missions through enterprise risk management and policy execution. She has more than 28 years of experience in risk-informed continuity and resilience solutions, and law enforcement and investigations, with extensive financial management in traditional security program leadership.

Her prior experiences include Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Training Directorate for the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security; Director of the NATO Office of Security; Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security; Special Agent in Charge for both the NY and Miami Field Offices and the Senior Regional Security Officer (RSO) in 4 countries; and Deputy Olympic Security Coordinator in Beijing. She holds both a B.A. and a M.A. from the University of South Carolina.