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Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Ralph Lauren Corporation

Ms. Nielsen has served as Chief Financial Officer of Ralph Lauren Corporation, a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products, since September 2016 and its Chief Operating Officer since April 2019. She leads Ralph Lauren’s global technology, finance, business development, logistics and real estate organizations. She previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Coach, Inc., a leading design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle collections, from September 2011 to August 2016. Prior to that, Ms. Nielsen spent 15 years at PepsiCo, Inc. and Pepsi Bottling Group, a global snack and beverage company, in various senior financial roles, including Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo Beverages Americas and the Global Nutrition Group, and she has experience in the areas of mergers & integration, investor relations and strategic planning.


  • Ms. Nielsen has extensive financial experience gained during her service as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Ralph Lauren and as Chief Financial Officer at Coach. She also spent 15 years in PepsiCo’s financial organization.
  • Ms. Nielsen brings a global perspective and many years of experience in the food and consumer products industries. Throughout her tenure at Ralph Lauren, Ms. Nielsen has driven operational efficiency, digital transformation and investment in omni-channel capability. She worked on numerous acquisitions and integrations while at PepsiCo, including the acquisition of Quaker Oats.
  • Ms. Nielsen has public company board and corporate governance experience. She is a former Director of Pinnacle Foods Inc.