Licensing International

Members of Licensing International (formerly LIMA) elected seven new executives to join the Licensing International Board of Directors.

Sol Armada, Warner Bros.; Juli Boylan, Spin Master Ltd.; David Diesendruck, Redibra; Omar Fajer, Univision Communications Inc.; Elias Fasja, Tycoon Enterprises S.A. de C.V.; Simo Hamalainen, Rovio Entertainment Corp.; and Ed LaBay, Hot Topic Inc. will begin terms effective July 1.

“Our seven new Board members were selected from among the biggest pool of candidates ever in Licensing International history. It was incredibly difficult to choose from among so many qualified, passionate executives,” says Licensing International President Maura Regan. “Each of these new members will bring unique expertise and perspective to the Board that will be invaluable as Licensing International plots its new course and continues to expand the ways in which it supports and serves our global industry.”

Cindy Levitt, senior vice president of licensing at Mad Engine, remains chairperson of the Board. Additionally, Jay Asher, partner at Brandgenuity, was re-elected by members of the Board of Directors as vice chairman for the second year of a two-year term; JJ Ahearn, managing director of Licensing Street LLC, was re-elected as board designate to the Executive Committee for a one-year term; and Celso Rafael, managing partner at Lotus Global was voted treasurer, also for a one-year term.


Continuing Licensing International Board members include:

  • Liza Abrams, senior vice president, global licensing and marketing, Sakar International Inc.
  • Naz Amarchi-Cuevas, chief commercial officer, SYBO Games
  • Sam Ferguson, vice president, global licensing, Jazwares UK
  • Marc Mostman, partner, Striker Entertainment
  • Bill Patterson, vice president, OpSec Security Inc.
  • Steve Scebelo, vice president, licensing & business development, NFLPA
  • Jamie Stevens, executive vice president, worldwide consumer products, Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Jason Sutton, vice president of licensing, Polaroid
  • Takanori Ueno, general manager, licensing, Laura Ashley Japan Co., G.K.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.