HoliDAY of Play 2015

Kerry Cunnion Named New Head of North American Toys for Tomy International

Kerry Cunnion has been promoted to senior vice president, sales and North American toy, for Tomy International. In this new role, he will oversee design, product development, and product marketing in addition to continuing his role leading Tomy International’s North American sales force.

Cunnion joined the company in 2009 as vice president of sales for the Mother, Infant and Toddler business unit, and brings three decades of consumer product sales experience. In 2011, he assumed responsibility for the integrated sales organization.

Prior to Tomy, Cunnion held various sales and marketing positions with organizations including Publications International, Huffy Bicycle Company, and Crayola.

Dirk Engehausen Appointed New CEO of Schleich Group

SchleichlogoDirk Engehausen has been appointed CEO of the Schleich Group. Dr. Thomas van Kaldenkerken will relinquish his role as CEO, and together with Dr. Konrad Nilbers, will co-chair the advisory board for the Schleich Group.

Engehausen has been a member of the advisory board since mid-2014, and brings extensive experiences from his 20-year career with Lego, where he played a major role in the strategic repositioning of the company. Engehausen intends to implement and further develop the strategic and operative realignment of the company initiated by van Kaldenkerken.

The operations of Schleich USA Inc. will continue to be under the leadership and direction of Sören Hjorth, Schleich USA president, from Schleich’s facility in Charlotte, N.C.

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner to Become Chairman

Hasbro logoHasbro President and CEO Brian Goldner will become chairman on May 21, the date of the toy maker’s annual shareholder meeting, according to Hasbro this past Thursday. Goldner has been Hasbro’s president and CEO since 2008.

Chairman Al Verrecchia will step down in accordance with the company’s target retirement age of 72. Four other Hasbro directors will also retire from the board because they are close to retirement age: Frank Biondi Jr., John Connors Jr., Michael Garrett, and Jack Greenberg.

Hasbro has stated that current director Basil Anderson will become its lead independent director. The company is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter results tomorrow.

The Ohio Art Company Announces New Leadership Team

Elena West

The Ohio Art Company has a new executive leadership team, with Elena West named as CEO and Martin Killgallon promoted to president. Current CEO Bill Killgallon and president Larry Killgallon will continue to be involved in various aspects of the business, including helping with the transition to the new executive leadership team, while also continuing to be active members of the board of directors. [Read more...]

Ann Kearns and Eva Lorenz to Receive WIT Honors

WIT.logoWomen 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 Makes Changes to Executive Leadership Team

logo_Mattel logoMattel 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...]

Frank Davis Joins Demdaco as Vice President of Sales

NatandJules,AnimalcraftDemdaco 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.

Craig Hendrickson and Dickie Walsh to Serve as University Games’ New Management Team

UniversityGameslogoUniversity 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.

Bruce S. Raiffe Elected to National Museum of Play Board of Trustees

BruceRaiffeThe Strong, aka the National Museum of Play, has elected Bruce S. Raiffe to its board of trustees. Raiffe, who is president of Gund Inc., has nearly 40 years of experience in the toy industry.

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.

TIA’s Alan Kaufman Elected President of ICPHSO

Toy_Industry_Association_Inc_logoAs 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.