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Who’s News

Warner Bros. Consumer Products names Peter van Roden SVP Global Themed Entertainment.

Brit Gordon joins Fermata Partners to collaborate with Founding Partners Kit Walsh, Scott Bouyack, Derek Eiler, and Chris Prindiville on behalf of the PGA TOUR.

DHX Brands appoints Kaisa Nieminen Senior Brand Manager North America, where she will lead initiatives for Teletubbies, Twirlywoos and Yo Gabba Gabba! Dave Tovey joins in the newly created role of Business Development Manager EMEA with a key focus on In the Night Garden. And Danielle Tanton is now Global Live Events & Attractions Manager.

Cherokee Global Brands appoints Randi Spieker as EVP Business Development.

UBM Americas promotes Jessica Blue to SVP Licensing.

Marchon names Thomas Burkhardt SVP Global Licensing & Marketing.

Craig Takiguchi joins Sanrio as VP Retail Business Development. Meanwhile, Jill Cook is promoted to Director Retail Business Development, Stephanie Simpson to Director Retail Merchandising and Dave Marchi to VP Brand Management & Marketing.

DC Thomson names Amy Jarashow the new Licensing Director North America for both Parragon and Wild and Wolf.

Random House Children’s Books appoints Rachel Bader as Licensing Director to manage partnerships in the U.S. and Canada.

Entertainment media company Boatrocker Media names Gia DeLaney VP Global Sales & Licensing for Boat Rocker Rights.

Vandor promotes Lisa Juul to VP Sales.

Wow! Stuff appoints Frank Adler as President of its U.S. operation.

Awesome Media & Entertainment is extending its global presence with the appointment of media veteran Peter Sussman as Board Director.

UFC hires Matt Neidl to serve as Marketing Partnerships Director.

Toys ‘R’ Us promotes Joe Venezia as the firm’s new EVP Global Store Operations.

Planeta Junior appoints Antonella Ceraso as the new Country Manager for Spain and Portugal.

Wind Dancer Films names Dete Meserve as Principal.

Nike appoints Adam Sussman to become its first Chief Digital Officer.

Columbia Sportswear and Swire Resources appoint Jason Zhu GM of their China joint venture, Columbia Sportswear Commercial (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

Kenneth J. Kocher has resigned as President of Lids Sports Group and as a SVP of Genesco.

DVF taps Sarah Willersdorf as CMO.

The TJX Companies’ board of directors elects Ernie Herrman to replace Carol Meyrowitz as CEO. Meyrowitz will continue to serve as Chairman.

Luxottica Group’s Co-CEO, Adil Khan, is leaving the company.

Alessandro Sartori is now Artistic Director of Ermenegildo Zegna, overseeing the creative direction of all Zegna brands.

Adam Stotsky is named President of E! Entertainment.

Cabela’s appoints Scott K. Williams as President.

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) names Garfield cartoonist Jim Davis among recipients of the Governor’s Arts Awards.

Ken Mangone, EVP Product Development, Design & Sourcing, is retiring from JCPenney effective April 1. Chief Merchant & EVP John Tigne will oversee product development and design, Val Harris has been promoted to SVP Product Development & Design and Mike Robbins to SVP Supply Chain.

Converse’s CMO Geoff Cottrill will be leaving the company.

KidKraft names Lawrence Writer as CFO, George Benz as SVP Marketing & E-commerce and Martijn de Bruijn as European Commercial Director.


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