Sandhya joined Nielsen in March 2016 as the Chief Counsel and Integrity Leader for South Asia, after spending many years in banking and consulting. As an in house counsel of more than 18 years of experience, Sandhya brings together a collective strong experience of managing matters pertaining to legal, ethics and compliance, litigation and complex regulatory issues and Government relations to the forefront. As a result of the combined experience of having worked in a law firm, a Big 4 and a large financial institution, she is able to guide and advise businesses and management to grow and sustain in challenging environments.
As the Chief Counsel and Integrity Leader, Sandhya is also a part of Nielsen's South Asia Leadership Team. In her role, she brings in a confluence of best practices across Legal, Ethics and Integrity to the forefront. Sandhya supports the business in all legal matters, including policy creation and enforcement, government relations/affairs, privacy support, governance support, litigation support, M&A, Ombudsman and Compliance initiatives for South Asia. As an Integrity Leader for a large data company, she also manages the Ombudsman and Compliance program for South Asia which involves many issues for which a proper remediation approach is mitigated through various stakeholders.
Sandhya joined Nielsen from ANZ Banking Group Limited wherein she was previously the Head of Legal for India. Her experience in ANZ over 8 years covered a gamut of matters, from assisting the business to set up their operations in India, providing legal and regulatory support on various products and assisting in strategic business initiatives and managing high value litigation's.
During her tenure, Sandhya has also gained exposure to manage senior regulatory relationships and complex regulatory matters including interfacing with senior regulators, Government and Consular officials on policy matters and DFAT objectives.
Prior to joining ANZ, Sandhya worked for PwC for around 5 years heading the legal practice within the Tax and Regulatory team and advised clients on a host of corporate and commercial issues. Sandhya started her career in 1999 in private practice with a law firm in New Delhi where I gained experience in laws relating to foreign direct investments and corporate law.
She regularly speaks at conferences on various issues including topics like compliance, ethics, investigations and diversity. Sandhya is also is a member of the POSH and Diversity Council in Nielsen.
Sandhya holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Mahatma Gandhi University, Cochin.
Sandhya has been a recipient of Legal 500 GC Team Award, Legal Era Rising Star Award.