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Who’s News: December 2019

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Updated November 21, 2019

Endemol Shine North America hires Scott Shillet as Executive Director Licensing. Shillet will support the development of brand licensing partnerships for non-scripted and scripted series in North America as well as work alongside the company’s brand licensing team to develop global licensing strategies for the company’s top brands.

Posted November 12, 2019

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri‘s and restaurateur Robert Earl‘s Chicken Guy! hires John Dikos as Chief Licensing Officer to lead the brand’s nationwide expansion. Chicken Guy! will open restaurants in high-profile end caps, freestanding locations, airports, stadiums, and on college campuses throughout the country.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art names Lisa Silverman Meyers as its new Head Licensing & Partnerships.

LMCA hires Adam Berg as Managing Director Brand Licensing.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises welcomes Julie Dill as VP Global Licensing, Marketing & Communications as well as Tatjana Blanusa as Director Global Licensing & Retail Development.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. adds veteran merchandising and branding expert Angelo Ng as its first-ever Chief Merchant Officer.

Pier 1 Imports names Robert Riesbeck as CEO & Director. At the same time, it promotes Donna Colaco to President, succeeding Douglas Diemoz, who has left the company. As planned, Cheryl Bachelder steps down as interim CEO but will continue in her position as a member of Pier 1’s board of directors.

The Point.1888 recruits Saul Segalov as Commercial Executive and Lynne Chappel as Contracts Manager.

Chis Mitchell, Chief Business Officer for culture-driven titles such as Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Wired, is leaving Condé Nast at the end of the year. Taking over Mitchell’s role is Eric Gillin, who is moving away from leadership of the lifestyle division (Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit, Self) to the culture division. Vanity Fair will now fall under the oversight of Susan Plagemann, who leads the luxury group, including Vogue and GQ. Replacing Gillin as chief business officer of the lifestyle group is Jen Mormile.

Crafts retailer Michaels names Mark Cosby as its CEO, a post he has held on an interim basis since February.

Under Armour founder Kevin Plank will step down from his CEO role in January, remaining on as executive chairman. Current President & COO Patrik Frisk will succeed Plank as top boss.

President and CEO Timothy P. Boyle will serve as acting chairman of the board of Columbia Sportswear Company following the passing of Gertrude Boyle.


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