We are happy to welcome two new Alumni Representatives to the A.C. Nielsen External Advisory Board: David Gailey, Class of 2016 and Malcolm Thorne, Class of 1997. They will be representing the Alumni at External Advisory Board meetings, planning the next A.C. Nielsen Summit and so much more from 2019-2021. 

They will be overlapping with our two current Alumni Reps, Gail Casey & Giustina Parisi, for the spring semester.

Welcome David & Malcolm!

David Gailey, Class of 2016

David (c/o '16) is an avid people-watcher and lover of research. He got his start doing qualitative work for TNS in Thailand, followed by more quantitative work at BrainJuicer (now System 1). He currently works for Qualtrics in Provo, Utah, consulting and managing relationships for several of their key enterprise customers. He and his wife, Mandy, have two children and a very demanding French Bulldog. He is beyond excited to serve as an alumni rep to pay forward the influence, generosity, and camaraderie that several alumni offered early in his career. He's never known a better set of people than those who associate with the A.C. Nielsen Center.






Malcolm Thorne, Class of 1997

Malcolm is serial entrepreneur who made a transition to the fortune 1000. As  lead investor and/or CEO he has helped build and sell 3 software companies over the past 20 years.  Most recently he spend 7 years at CDK global managing a global team of 750 people covering marketing, strategy, product management and M&A, in addition to running a $150M EBITDA data and analytics business.  Malcolm has taught 6 courses in marketing & strategy at the University of Wisconsin and has also taught a life strategy courses to hundreds of aspiring leaders.  Today he splits his time between venture capital and private equity.  He is a venture partner in 4490, a Madison based software-focused early stage VC firm,  while also helping Global Private Equity firm Advent International invest their money in Automotive technology.  Malcolm is an avid tennis player, downhill skier, audiophile, car enthusiast, golfer and world traveler with a deep passion for data and analytics.   Malcolm has a deep passion for mentoring future leaders and looks forward to being an alumni rep to help drive the program and students forward.