Appointment, Rising Star Achievement, Image by Mohamed Hassan from PixabayMediaocean announced the promotion of Nicole Brown to Chief Human Resources Officer. What stands out about this announcement is that in an age where many people switch companies to pursue their career path, Brown has spent the last 18 years working at Mediaocean. She joined the company in 2005 when it was Donovan Data Systems as Learning Management Supervisor.

Brown has held several HR leadership positions during her career at MediaOcean. She lead core HR functions such as People Operations, Learning and Development, Talent Acquisition, and Diversity Equity and inclusion (DEI). She joined the company, having worked as a project coordinator at IDT Corporation. Brown graduated from Seton Hall University with a Psychology degree. She attained an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and attained a master’s degree from Drexel University in legal studies.

In her new role, Brown will become a member of the senior executive team. She will be responsible for ensuring global alignment, streamlining processes, and further fostering a culture of inclusion and engagement for Mediaocean’s 1,700-strong employee base.

Nick Galassi, President and CFO of Mediaocean, commented, “In her 18 years with Mediaocean, Nicole’s impact on the organization as a whole has been nothing short of extraordinary, making her the ideal candidate for this elevated role. Through her passion for employee development, Nicole has fostered a culture of inclusivity, growth, and a profound sense of belonging for all employees.”

Bill Wise, Mediaocean CEO, added, “I’m very proud and appreciative of everything Nicole has done at Mediaocean and can’t wait to see the continued impact she makes as our CHRO. We have big plans for the years ahead, and as we deliver for our customers and the industry at large, we’ll need our people to be their best selves at work every day. I’m confident Nicole will enable us to do just that.”

A reward for dedication and a recognition of her achievements

Nicole Brown, CHRO, Mediaocean
Nicole Brown, CHRO, Mediaocean

As SVP for People and Culture, Brown led the development and implementation of Mediaocean’s core global employee development program. This program has evolved from a single stream to five distinct learning programs. The programs have delivered an impressive 50 hours on average of learning for each employee. And now deliver over 700 instructor-led sessions every year.

She also initiated a Mentorship Program  which has had more than 700 participants. This has helped the company attain an 85%+ retention rate. She and the wider HR team have helped the firm achieve numerous awards in 2023. These include the 2023 Best in Business award from Inc., Chicago Tribune Top Workplaces 2023, The 2023 Top Workplaces USA Award, and Ad Age Best Places to Work 2023. The firm has also achieved numerous milestones for philanthropy, workplace experience, mentorship, education, and sustainability.

Brown commented, “I am beyond honored and excited to take on the Chief Human Resources Officer role at Mediaocean. It has been truly rewarding to witness the positive impact of the work carried out during my time at the company, and I am incredibly proud of the progress we have made in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. I’m looking forward to expanding on this growth and lifting up all voices at Mediaocean as we drive results for our customers and make a difference in our communities.”

As the company strives to continually improve its Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) efforts with various sustainability initiatives, Brown will be leading this ongoing focus in 2024 and beyond. Through its ESG commitment, Mediaocean does its part to advance progress on combating the climate crisis and to create a more sustainable future for all. In 2023, Mediaocean joined Ad Net Zero, an industry-wide initiative, to signal support for its client and stakeholder goals to decarbonize the media ecosystem.

Enterprise Times: What does this mean

A great Christmas present for Nicole Brown and recognition by Galassi and Wise of the impact that she has had over the company for 18 years. Promotions to the CSuite are uncommon, with many seeking to hire expertise from outside. However, Brown has proven that it is possible to forge a career path with a single company. Perhaps more firms should recognize the internal talent they already have.

What isn’t clear, but it would be interesting to know, whether Mediaocean, through its mentorship and learning programs developed by Brown, has a higher than average internal promotions metric than other companies of a similar size. In developing these programs, Brown may have a big influence over her promotion, helping to change the core company culture itself.


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