Sweet Suite 2016

Dr. Dieter Stadlbauer of the Stadlbauer Group Passes Away

Dr.Stadlbauer_Extern_engl.inddOn Tuesday, April 14, aft­er a severe and protracted period of illness, Dr. Dieter Stadlbauer passed away surrounded by his family. During five decades in the toy business, Dr. Stadlbauer built a local wholesale company into an international company group.

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Mattel Appoints Joseph Johnson as Corporate Controller

logo_Mattel logoMattel Inc. has appointed Joseph B. Johnson to senior vice president and corporate controller, effective immediately. Johnson joins Mattel from Chiquita Brands International Inc., where he served as vice president, chief accounting officer, and treasurer. Previously, he held a number of leadership roles with Resolute Forest Products, an international wood and paper products company, including senior vice president, finance, and chief accounting officer.

Johnson succeeds Scott Topham, who has elected to retire from Mattel.

ChizComm Ltd. Appoints Livy Jacobs to Communications Director

ChizcommLogoChizComm Ltd. has appointed Livy Jacobs to the position of communications director, effective April 20. Jacobs brings more than 10 years of experience to ChizComm, as well as a track record of helping brands shape and tell stories that drive awareness and growth.

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Mattel Names Christopher Sinclair as CEO, Appoints Richard Dickson to President and COO

logo_Mattel logoMattel Inc. has appointed Christopher A. Sinclair as its CEO, effective immediately. Sinclair, who has been serving as interim CEO since January, will continue as Mattel’s chairman.

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Funrise Appoints King Cheng as CEO, Arnold Rubin to Become Chairman

Funrise Inc LogoAfter more than 27 years with the company, Arnold E. Rubin is stepping down as CEO of Funrise Inc. Rubin will become chairman, and will continue to serve on the board of Matrix Holdings Ltd., the parent company of Funrise. [Read more...]

Mattel Brings Back Former CEO as Consultant

logo_Mattel logoBryan Stockton, who abruptly resigned as Mattel Inc.’s CEO in January, is back at the toy maker as a consultant, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Mattel will pay Stockton $125,000 a month for the next year. On an annual basis, he would earn $1.5 million.

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Isaac Heller, Co-Founder of Remco, Passes Away

IsaacHellerIsaac Heller, the founder of Remco, died on March 7 at the age of 88. As reported by The New York Times, Heller was a former Navy electronics technician who got his start as a toymaker by buying up military surplus and transforming it into toys that zoom, soar, or otherwise move.
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American Greetings Hires Karen Vermeulen, Revamps Internal Licensing, Entertainment Teams

ResizedAGPLogoAmerican Greetings Properties (AGP), the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation, is revamping its licensing, entertainment, digital, and distribution teams, starting with the hire of former longtime Zodiak Kids executive Karen Vermeulen. Vermeulen joins AGP as its new head of global sales and co-productions, and will initially be based out of London.
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Stephen J. Pasierb Named President and CEO of TIA

StevePasierbHeadshotStephen J. Pasierb will join the Toy Industry Association (TIA) at the end of April as president and CEO. In this role, he will be responsible for leading the growth, development, and oversight of the TIA, and will succeed current president and CEO Carter Keithley, who will retire at the end of April.

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Christine Kelly to Head Toy and Game Initiatives for National Geographic’s Brand Licensing Division

ChristineKellyNational Geographic has named Christine Kelly as its director of licensing, toys, and games for National Geographic’s Brand Licensing division. In this new role, she has been tasked with National Geographic’s toy business—both licensing and strategic retail partnerships. She will oversee marketing, retail strategy and product development, including new franchises. [Read more...]