Mattel names former Google Americas President Margaret Georgiadis as its new CEO and a member of its board of directors. Georgiadis takes over from Christopher Sinclair on Feb. 8th. She currently serves on the board of McDonald’s.
Dan Buckley is promoted to President of Marvel Entertainment. His new role will add responsibility for games, global brand management, and the franchise groups, which include licensing and merchandising—Buckley runs everything except Marval Studios, which is headed up by Kevin Feige.
Fox Television Group and Twentieth Century Fox Film appoint Jim Fielding to the post of President Consumer Products & Innovation, a role in which Fielding will oversee licensing, product development, and new business opportunities in the consumer retail space across both businesses and FX Networks.
LIMA inducts three industry executives into the Licensing Hall of Fame: Allan Feldman, CEO & Founder of LMCA; Dell Furano, CEO & Founder of Epic Rights; and Cyril Speijer, former CEO of Wavery Productions B.V. and current Co-principal of BN Licensing B.V. This year’s awards ceremonies will take place on May 23rd during Licensing Expo 2017 in Las Vegas.
Michele Wells joins DC Entertainment as VP Content Strategy.
Sambro welcomes Grant Gie as its new Commercial Director.
Deirdre Brennan is Sprout’s new GM. Brennan will work alongside all NBCUniversal businesses, including Universal Brand Development, Universal Cable Productions, and DreamWorks, to grow the company’s overall kids strategy.
Viacom Intl. Media Networks promotes James Currell to EVP & MD VIMN U.K., Northern & Eastern Europe. He replaces David Lynn, at the helm of Viacom’s U.K. operations, following Lynn’s promotion to President & CEO VIMN.
Revlon is reorganizing its business to be more brand-centric; the company is now made up of four main divisions. Each brand division is led by its own president—Anne Talley at Revlon, JuE Wong at Arden, George Cleary for Fragrances, and Sennen Pamich for the Portfolio segment (Almay, American Crew, Sinful Colors, Mitchum, and other brands). Revlon will also have five areas of geographic focus; John Collier is President North America; Eric Lauzat is President EMEA & Asia with Regional VP Marco Ficarelli; Jaime Vazquez is Regional VP Latin America; Tracey Raso is Regional MD for the Pacific region, and Enrico Baldassarri is Regional MD Africa. They report to the COO Markets, Gianni Pieraccioni. The company is in the process of hiring a Chief Creative Officer, who will oversee each brand group’s Creative Director.
Komixx Entertainment expands operations into Australia with a new Perth office that will be managed by Amanda Morrison.
Clémande Burgevin Blachman is named VP Design for Calvin Klein Home, succeeding Amy Mellon.
Tamra Knepfer joins The Branded Entertainment Network Group (BEN Group) as SVP of its Greenlight division, which handles rights representation and music clearances.
Matthew Martin is promoted to SVP & Deputy General Counsel at Penguin Random House.
Performance sheets and sleepwear company Sheex hires Craig Reynolds as its Chief Merchant Officer and Eric Jent as EVP Sales.
HSNi CEO Mindy Grossman is elected Chairman of the NRF Board of Directors, succeeding Kip Tindell, Co-founder & Chairman of The Container Store. In addition, seven new members are elected to the board, and Neiman Marcus Group President & CEO Karen Katz is named chair of the NRF Foundation.
Brunswick Corp. appoints Jaime A. Irick as President Fitness Div., succeeding Christopher E. Clawson, who is leaving the company.
Off-price retailer Tuesday Morning’s President & COO Melissa Phillips resigns. Belinda Byrd-Rohleder is promoted to SVP & General Merchandising Manager; CEO Steven Becker assumes additional responsibilities as President, and Trent Taylor is named Chief Information & Supply Chain Officer.
ChizComm hires Carine Sroujian as Director Marketing & Communications.
Phillip Ellis joins Jumbo Games as the new Sales Agent for Ireland and Northern Ireland.
CMON hires Carl Briere as the company’s new Intl. Sales Manager.
Thomas Tull, the Founder & CEO of Legendary Entertainment, is leaving the company. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Tull is leaving as a result of friction between him and the company’s new Chinese owner Dalian Wanda. Movies in Legendary’s production pipeline include Pacific Rim 2, the live action Pokémon, Dune, and Kong: Skull Island. Wanda CEO Jack Gao will run Legendary while a CEO search is conducted.