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Who’s News—8/13/2018

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FremantleMedia names Jennifer Mullin its new CEO as of Sept. 1. Mullin has been CEO of FremantleMedia North America, the company’s largest unit, since May 2017. She replaces Cecile Frot-Coutaz, who is leaving the company after more than two decades to head YouTube’s EMEA business.

PepsiCo promotes Ramon Laguarta to serve as its CEO and a member of its board of directors, effective Oct. 3. Laguarta succeeds Indra K. Nooyi, who has served as the company’s CEO for the last 12 years. Nooyi will remain chairman until early 2019.

Sara Fernstrom steps down as the CEO of Lyft Brands Group to take on a new role as the CEO of Odd Molly Intl., a global women’s fashion house.

HL Group, a strategic communications and marketing firm, appoints Steven DeLuca to President & CMO.

Discovery hires Peter Faricy for the newly created role of CEO Global Direct-to-Consumer. Faricy joins from Amazon and will oversee Discovery’s global digital and direct-to-consumer businesses.

Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright steps down of the CEO of the ready-to-wear label he founded in 2002, naming Stefanie Strack to the position effective Sept. 10. Wainwright will take on the title of Chief Brand Officer, overseeing the creative direction of the brand.

As Luis Silberwasser departs, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises announces new responsibilities for four execs:

  1. Beau Ferrari, EVP Telemundo Enterprises, will closely partner with all content divisions and NBCUniversal teams across the portfolio;
  2. Monica Gil, EVP & CMO Telemundo Enterprises, will serve as the key executive driving the company’s reputation, brand and corporate marketing;
  3. Peter Blacker is promoted to the newly created role of EVP Revenue Strategy & Innovation for Telemundo Enterprises; and
  4. Ronald Day, EVP Entertainment Telemundo Networks, will be responsible for programming, talent and promotions of primetime, daytime and specials for Telemundo and Universo Networks.

Netflix hires Alexi Wheeler to join its kids and family international originals team starting Sept. and based out of its London office.

Stronghold Games and Indie Boards & Cards merge to create Indie Games Studios. Indie Boards & Cards, Stronghold Games, and Action Phase Games will function as distinct brands under the new publisher. Travis Worthington will lead the combined company as CEO while continuing as President of the Indie Boards & Cards and Action Phase Games brands. Stephen Buonocore will continue as President of Stronghold Games. Buonocore will also become the spokesperson for all brands within Indie Game Studios. Nick Little is promoted to VP Game Development & Manufacturing.

La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor licensee Tipperary Sales hires R. Byron Brown IV as SVP Business Development.

The U.S. Polo Assn. hires Craig Prest as Creative Director to run its U.K. & Ireland adult apparel and accessories operations.

Nascar’s C.E.O., Brian France, is taking an indefinite leave.


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