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Industry Moves

Who’s News

Adam Berg joins The Valen Group as VP Strategic Brand Licensing.

Vans appoints Doug Palladini to the position of Global Brand President.

Cathryn Summerhayes is joining Curtis Brown as an Agent effective Sept. 1st.

Golden Bear promotes Barry Hughes to Managing Director.

Hasbro acquires Boulder Media; the animation studio now reports to Stephen Davis, Chief Content Officer & EVP.

LMCA promotes Jane Ma to the position of Brand Licensing Manger and hires Andy Wang as Director Brand Development in its Shanghai office. They report to George Williams, MD LMCA Asia.

MC Appliance, owner of the Magic Chef brand, appoints Ted Kochowicz Senior Licensing Manager.

Raf Simons is Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein, where he will oversee all brands, including Calvin Klein Home.

Jean-René Gougelet leads Casabella as CEO, succeeding founder Bruce Kaminstein who is now Executive Chairman.

Coolcore hires David Ludd as VP Global Marketing.

Literary agency The Cooke Agency’s foreign rights branch, the Cooke Agency Intl., is sold to long-time employees Suzanne Brandreth and Ron Eckel.

Elena Giovinazzo is promoted to Senior Agent at Pippin Properties.

Following the sale of Corneliani to Investcorp, the Italian men’s wear company appoints Paolo Roviera CEO.

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) names veteran auditor Lori Wyman as its new North American representative.

Patrick Byrne resumes his position as’s CEO and Saum Noursalehi is promoted to President of the retail business unit.

Karen Gruenberg and Dan Hurwitz join kid’s fitness brand GoNoodle in the newly created positions of CCO and Chief Revenue Officer, respectively.

Andrew Martin is named SVP of St. Martin’s Press.

HSN names Judy Schmeling President of the Cornerstone brand portfolio.

DC Entertainment’s SVP Sales & Business Development Derek Maddalena and VP Marketing Carol Roeder have left the company. John Cunningham is promoted to SVP Sales & Trade Marketing and Eddie Scannell to VP Consumer Marketing.

Disney-owned Maker Studios lays off around 30 workers in a strategic adjustment. Maker’s most recent departures include former EVP Programming Bonnie Pan, who was named President of Endemol Beyond USA.

Samsung lets go of John Pleasants, who served as EVP Media Solution. He is  replaced by Yoon C. Lee, an SVP at the company. Pleasants joins other cuts including SVP Business Development Steve Stanford, SVP Content & Services Darren Tsui, VP Ed Ho and VP Content & Services Ian Langridge.

Thomas Randrup leaves Revell as the firm’s U.K. & Ireland Country Manager. Jamie Mabbs is promoted to Head Sales U.K. & Ireland.

Sears Canada’s recently appointed President & Chief Merchant, Carrie Kirkman, will depart following the end of the company’s second quarter.

Walmart executive Donald Soderquist (82) passed away July 21st.

Martin Levin (97), whose many roles included publishing executive, M&A guru and author passed away July 25.

Susan Corwin Miller (76), who managed the Gourmet Housewares Show from 1987–2008, has passed.


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