Neustar, Inc., a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information services, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Charles Gottdiener as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Gottdiener, who most recently was Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director at Providence Equity Partners, succeeds Lisa Hook, who served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Neustar Board of Directors since 2010. Pursuant to months of collaborative planning, Ms. Hook will remain on the Board and work closely with Mr. Gottdiener to ensure a seamless transition.
Over the course of his thirty-year career, Mr. Gottdiener has established a track record of leading information services companies to drive innovation in client solutions, increase revenue and profitability, and scale operations. In his role as COO at Providence Equity Partners, Mr. Gottdiener oversaw the firm’s portfolio company operations, business development, human resources and other administrative functions. In addition, Mr. Gottdiener served as a Board member or interim CEO of several Providence portfolio companies, where he focused on driving enterprise value by building a culture of operational excellence and generating profitable growth. Prior to his role at Providence, Mr. Gottdiener spent seven years at Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) in multiple leadership roles, including President of the global risk, analytics and internet solutions business. Over the course of his D&B career Mr. Gottdiener established a track record of setting competitive business strategies, building high performing teams and launching new, innovative products to drive profitable growth.
Ms. Hook said, “Neustar has successfully completed the transformation we began in 2011 to become the leading provider of identity resolution-based information services. These efforts have been supported by a fantastic team with whom it has been both a pleasure and an honor to work. Last August, Golden Gate Capital and GIC offered us a compelling opportunity to further invest in our long-term growth and operational flexibility, and with Neustar positioned for future success, now is the right time for a leadership transition. I look forward to working with Charlie and continuing to serve on Neustar’s Board.”
Bernhard Nann, Chairman of the Board at Neustar, said, “With vast operational experience and a proven ability to accelerate business growth and drive profitability, we are confident that Charlie is the right leader for Neustar as the Company provides increasing value to our customers and a great place for our employees to develop their careers. His skills and experience in information services and his track record of creating a culture of operational excellence make him well suited to enhance and execute on our vision at Neustar. He will help drive tremendous value for the Company in the coming years.”
Mr. Nann continued, “Over the last 10 years, Lisa has been critical to Neustar’s successful transformation from a telecom services business into an information services provider, and we are grateful for her service and a smooth transition. We look forward to continuing to benefit from her tremendous expertise in her capacity as Director.”
Mr. Gottdiener said, “I am thrilled and honored to lead Neustar in this exciting phase of the Company’s growth. Neustar is unparalleled in its ability to deliver real-time, authoritative insights across marketing, digital performance and defense, as well as in risk, fraud and compliance. I look forward to working with the entire Neustar team, our partners at Golden Gate and GIC, and the Board to continue building Neustar’s leadership in the global information services market and in the service of our clients.”
Prior to joining Providence Equity Partners and Dun & Bradstreet, Mr. Gottdiener held several leadership positions with the Boston Consulting Group, CSC Index Ernst & Young Consulting and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Mr. Gottdiener received a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College.