It’s achievement unlocked for Steve Young, a 14-year Activision vet who most recently served as the company’s executive vice president and chief revenue officer. Young levels-up to the role of president, Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group, succeeding Tim Kilpin, who will retire and head home to Wisconsin.

“Simply stated, Steve is a world-class leader, and I am fully confident that he is the right person to continue to grow Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group,” says Kilpin, the outgoing president and CEO of Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group. “He is a seasoned Activision veteran with vast institutional knowledge, a strong understanding of our IP and key accounts, and has previously managed the consumer products team.”

“Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group has delivered some remarkable achievements over the past two years, and I’m thrilled to be part of the division’s ongoing growth story” Young says. “I look forward to joining this incredibly talented team and continuing to extend our franchises into new categories and territories while offering our global fan community exciting and innovative ways to engage with the company’s iconic games and characters.”

Activision Blizzard continues to be a force across gaming, entertainment, and consumer products with top franchises including Overwatch and Call of Duty.

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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.