TNS APPOINTS GLOBALLY RECOGNISED LEADER IN MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT AS PRESIDENT OF NORTH AMERICA
New York, April 20, 2006 – TNS, a leading market information group, announced today the appointment of Kimberly Till as President TNS, North America. Kimberly will officially join the company on May 1 and will be responsible for the US and Canadian custom research businesses. She and her team will be responsible for growing these businesses by delivering value added insights that helps clients make more effective business decisions. Kimberly brings to this position extensive experience in media & entertainment, technology and international businesses.
This appointment comes on the heels of an innovative global strategy introduced earlier this year by David Lowden, the new Chief Executive of TNS. The new strategy is focused on driving towards stronger global partnerships, shared objectives and best practice to provide clients with added value business insights. TNS’ service offerings will be strengthened around four core principles: client orientation; service excellence and cost efficiency; expertise and innovation; and people development.
Kimberly most recently served as Vice President of the Worldwide Media and Entertainment Group at Microsoft, joining the company in 2003. At Microsoft, Kimberly was responsible for the Worldwide Media & Entertainment P&L in the Communications Sector. Her group was responsible for enterprise sales to the largest media and entertainment companies globally and for developing and delivering solutions for the media and entertainment industry together with key partners. Prior to Microsoft, Kimberly served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of AOL international, where she helped manage the day to day operations of the company’s 9 services outside the United States. In this role, Kimberly helped grow international membership to nearly 8 million and helped launch a number of initiatives that enabled AOL to emerge as a leading global internet provider.
Prior to her work with AOL Time Warner, Kimberly served as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Marketing for Sony Corporation of America, reporting directly to the Chairman. She was responsible for working with senior management to develop and implement key business strategies and marketing programs across the U.S. operating companies, including Sony Music, Sony Pictures, and Sony Electronics. Kimberly also managed the Sony Style Stores.
Kimberly offers a unique depth of knowledge and experience in addition to her corporate achievements, as she has experience at the highest levels of the U.S. government. Kimberly was selected for the prestigious White House Fellowship, where she served as a Special Assistant to the former U.S. Trade Representative and Secretary of Agriculture and to the Director of the FBI.
“We are pleased to welcome Kimberly to TNS as her outstanding achievements in client-driven businesses and broad international experience align well with our strategy of providing unparallel strategic insight to our clients,” said David Lowden, Chief Executive, TNS. “Kimberly’s leadership ability and vast experience across multiple industries will complement our strong senior leadership team and help guide TNS in service excellence, client orientation, innovation and people development for continued growth and expansion in North America.”
Ken Freeman, the former president of TNS North America Custom Research, will work closely with John Abraham, TNS’ new Head of Strategic Development and Marketing, to take the lead in setting the direction for the Centre of Excellence for TNS New Product Development.