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Nov. 2, 2015

Who’s News

Viacom International Media Networks’ VP Intl. Brand Management Charlotte Castillo has been promoted to SVP Brand Management & Creative for Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP).

Seth Marks, former SVP Merchandising & Strategic Sourcing for, has joined Kmart as Head Strategic Merchandising.

Jarrod Weber has been promoted to EVP Fashion at Authentic Brands Group. Weber will lead the global expansion of ABG’s fashion brands while continuing to work closely with key partners and internal teams to drive brand licensing and business strategies.

Vandor hires marketing veteran Dhyani Gardner as its VP Marketing & Product Development.

The Saban Brands executive team saw multiple appointments, including:

  • Tori Cook, SVP Global Retail Business Development
  • Marcy George, VP Global Consumer Products
  • Jennifer Wexler, SVP Marketing
  • Stan Wan, Creative Director Saban Brands Lifestyle Group
  • Scott Rosenbaum, SVP Business & Legal Affairs

FOX Sports is reeling in Barbara Blangiardi to serve as SVP Strategies & Creative Partnerships.

Alber Elbaz is stepping down from his position as the creative director of Lanvin after 14 years, the label has confirmed.

Raf Simons is leaving Dior, where he was Artistic Director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessory collections.

Scripps Networks Interactive promoted Eleni Stratigeas to SVP Business/Legal Affairs & Corporate Secretary.

Whirlpool has named Marc Bitzer President & COO.

Brendan Hoffman, former CEO of The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. and earlier Lord & Taylor, has joined Vince as CEO. He succeeds Mark Brody, who has served as Interim CEO since July when Jill Granoff departed from the brand.

Rovio is to cut 213 jobs across all departments and refocus on games, media and consumer products.

YouNow, a live streaming social app, hires Gregory Strompolos as Director Business Development.

Robert Iger, Chairman & CEO of The Walt Disney Co., is to be inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame for his contribution to the lives of kids across the globe.

Manny Stul, Co-CEO of Moose Toys, was named the 2015 Australian Entrepreneur of the Year for his drive passion and achievements.

Sock & Accessory Brands Global (SABG) has named Tom O’Riordan CEO & Chairman. Founder Jeff Arnold will transition from CEO to a member of the board.

The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) announced that Marc Pinsard, Deputy Senior GM Global Brand Marketing Div. Asics, has been appointed new chairperson for the WFSGI CISO (Committee on International Sports Organizations) Committee.


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