Just two days after announcing that he was stepping away from Hasbro on medical leave, Chairman and CEO Brian D. Goldner has died.
The 58-year-old joined Hasbro in 2000 and led the company beyond toys and games and into a world of entertainment and new possibilities. He was appointed CEO in 2008 and became chairman of the board in 2015.
“Since joining the company more than two decades ago, Brian has been the heart and soul of Hasbro,” says Rich Stoddart, interim CEO. “As a charismatic and passionate leader in both the play and entertainment industries, Brian’s work brought joy and laughter to children and families around the world. His visionary leadership, kindness, and generosity made him beloved by the Hasbro community and everyone he touched. On behalf of the Hasbro family, we extend our deepest, heartfelt condolences to his wife, daughter, and entire family.”
“Brian’s passing is a tremendous loss for Hasbro and the world. Brian was universally admired and respected in the industry, and throughout his over twenty years at Hasbro, his inspiring leadership and exuberance left an indelible mark on everything and everyone he touched,” says Edward M. Philip, lead independent director of Hasbro’s board of directors. A mentor and friend to so many, his passion and creativity took Hasbro to new heights.”
Goldner previously fought cancer in 2014 and resumed ongoing treatment last year.