The former Nike Brand President will assume his new role effective immediately.
Charles Denson | Source: Funko/The Toy Book

Funko Inc. entered 2022 with a new CEO at the helm and some shuffling of its board of directors.

The company behind Pop! Vinyl figures and Loungefly fashion accessories appointed Charles Denson as its new chairman of the board, effective immediately. Denson, a former Nike executive, currently serves as president and CEO of Anini Vista Advisors and has been a member of Funko’s board since its formation in 2017. As chairman, he replaces ACON Investments’ Ken Brotman, who remains as a member of the board.

Newly promoted CEO Andrew Perlmutter officially took the helm at Funko on Jan. 3 with former CEO Brian Mariotti assuming his new role as chief creative officer. Perlmutter also joins the board taking the seat of ACON Investments’ Gino Dellomo.

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Perlmutter notes that Denson is the perfect person to assume the role of chairman this year.

“His expertise in digital commerce and building leading global brands make him ideally suited to help accelerate Funko’s next phase of global growth,” Perlmutter says.

“I feel very privileged to take on this role at such an exciting time for Funko,” Denson says. “The company is at the center of fan culture and innovation in consumer products and the opportunities ahead for Funko are massive.”

During his 35-year career at Nike, Denson held multiple positions and served as president of the Nike Brand for 13 years.