Women in Toys (WIT) will honor Ann Kearns, vice president, global toys, Sesame Workshop, with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the WIT 11th Annual Wonder Women in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment Dinner on February 15. The organization will also present Eva Lorenz, general manager for Amazon Toys & Games, with Retailer of the Year. The event coincides with the North American International Toy Fair in New York City. [Read more...]
Mattel Inc. has made key changes to its executive leadership team, effective immediately. Richard Dickson and Tim Kilpin will assume expanded responsibilities as president, chief brands officer, and president, chief commercial officer, respectively. Both will report to Mattel Chairman and CEO, Bryan G. Stockton. [Read more...]
Demdaco has appointed Frank Davis to vice president of sales. Davis comes to the company with a strong background in the gift industry, having recently served as vice president of sales at Carson Home Accents. Prior to that, he held positions with Midwest-CBK and Colonial Candle for 13 years, serving as vice president for one year and director of sales for seven years.
Demdaco products are sold primarily at specialty and independent retailers nationwide.
University Games has appointed Craig Hendrickson and Dickie Walsh to University Games Corporation’s executive team. Hendrickson joined the company on October 13 as its first senior vice president of marketing and product development, and will oversee University Games’ product development and marketing strategy and overall marketing program. He joins following 13 years at LeapFrog, where he held a similar title.
Walsh joins University Games as its first chief operating officer and will work closely with co-founder Cris Lehman in overseeing the company’s finances and operations.
Raiffe intends to use his position on The Strong’s board to share his passion for soft toys, and to spread awareness of the museum’s research and academics.
As reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), the organization’s senior vice president of technical affairs, Alan Kaufman, has been elected president of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO). He will assume the role of president for a one-year term beginning next February.
With more than 35 years of experience in the consumer product safety field, Kaufman’s objective will be helping to lead ICPHSO’s efforts to ensure the safety of products made and sold in the global marketplace. Created in 1993, ICPHSO is a non-profit organization that provides forums for the exchange of ideas and information related to health and safety issues for products manufactured and marketed around the world.
Kaufman was a member of ICPHSO for several years before joining the organization’s board of directors in 2010.
Robert Bauer has joined Rubie’s Canada as its director of sales. He brings more than 20 years of experience in independent account sales, specifically in the Halloween and party industries. Bauer also brings an in-depth knowledge of the Canadian market, based on many years of experience in developing products and programs for every sector.
Bauer will be responsible for sales at the company’s independent accounts throughout Canada, working closely with senior executives at both Rubie’s Canada and Rubie’s USA.
Renne Fink has been promoted to general manager of the Imagine by Rubie’s Sales Division, as announced by The Rubie’s Group. She comes to Rubie’s with more than 20 years of consumer product sales experience, and served as vice president of sales at Tara Toy Corporation, and more recently, was national accounts manager at Playmobil USA.
Fink joined Rubie’s in April of this year to do new business development, and has been working closely with the Imagine team.
The Toy Industry Association (TIA) nominating committee has submitted candidates for consideration by the membership, for election to the association’s board of directors. Successful candidates would serve a two-year term expiring at the annual meeting in 2017.
The proposed board members are: Bruce S. Raiffe, president of Gund; Howard Kahn, CEO of Kahn Lucas; and Kerry Cunnion, senior vice president of sales of Tomy International. Additional nominations, made in writing and signed by no less than 10 percent of the TIA’s membership, may be submitted to TIA President Carter Keithley at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 16.
The election of new board members will occur during the TIA Annual Business Meeting that will convene at 8 a.m. on February 16, in conjunction with North American International Toy Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The meeting is open to all stakeholders of the toy industry—both members and non-members.
Since joining Lionsgate in 2000, Mr. Burns has been instrumental in building the company into a multi-billion dollar global content leader with a major presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, channel platforms, and digital distribution.