Michael Link, Ph.D.

Michael Link, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael Link, Ph.D.

Michael Link, Ph.D., the president and CEO of Abt SRBI, is a widely respected  leader in the fields of survey research and data science. He is a thought leader on the convergence of survey research, new technologies, and  data science methodologies as well as a successful business executive with a deep understanding of the public and private sector aspects of the  research industry.

Prior to Abt, he was chief behavioral methodologist and senior vice president of Nielsen’s Data Science Institute, a global center of innovation and research. There, he led external research collaborations, research dissemination, as well as the development of global leadership programs. He also oversaw the company’s global R&D efforts and Singapore Innovation Hub.

Link also has served as a senior behavioral methodologist and research methods team leader at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  Prior to this, he was the senior survey director and methodologist at RTI International.

Link is the past-president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research,  author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has served on numerous expert advisory panels for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine..

Link holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s in Biology from Georgia State University.