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Who’s News—8/21/2018

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Mattel shareholders elect Adriana Cisneros, CEO of Cisneros Group of Companies, and Roger Lynch, President & CEO of Pandora Media, to the company’s Board of Directors.

Separately, Mattel promotes Steve Totzke to the role of CCO as he is charged with oversight of a new, unified global commercial organization for Mattel and maximizing retail partnerships as well as expanding the company’s e-commerce capabilities. Totzke reports to Ynon Kreiz, Chairman & CEO, and works closely with Richard Dickson, President & COO.

Authentic Brands Group (ABG) appoints Daniel W. Dienst as its Executive Vice Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer. Dienst recently served at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and is currently a Director of Knoll, a design-driven modern furniture brand.

IMG formalizes the development of a full-service creative and event production company called Focus. Dominic Kaffka, VP Creative & Production at IMG, will lead the new enterprise on top of his current remit. Focus specializes in planning and executing fashion shows and events, as well as consulting and creative direction.

Reebok appoints Kelly Hibler as General Manager of its Reebok Classics business unit, which includes franchise footwear models such as the Classic Leather, Club C, and Freestyle as well as new, modern lifestyle footwear, apparel, and accessories. Hibler leads overall strategy including product creation, marketing, merchandising, and channel segmentation.

DraftKings opens a new office in San Francisco and plans to open another in Las Vegas. Separately, DraftKings hires Jamie Shea as Head Digital Sportsbook Operations, Frank Kunovic as Director Retail Sportsbook Operations, and Sean Hurley as Head Commercial Growth.

Canadian Premier League (CPL) Commissioner David Clanachan makes several senior appointments, including Roy Nasrallah as VP Marketing, Eva Havaris as VP Strategy & League Operations, Kurt Larson as Managing Editor of CanPL.ca and the CPL’s Director of Content, and Micki Benedetti as Director Communications.

Spanish soccer league LaLiga forms a new company, LaLiga North America, in New York under the leadership of CEO Boris Gartner. Gartner’s team includes VP Business Development Nicolás García Hemme. LaLiga North America’s board of directors will include Stephen Ross, chairman of Relevent; Daniel Sillman, CEO of Relevent; Boris Gartner, CEO of LaLiga North America; Javier Tebas, President of LaLiga; and Oscar Mayo, LaLiga’s Director Intl. Development.

The North Face appoints Jean-Marc Djian as VP Global Footwear.

Brendan Yam is named VP & General Manager of Viacom Digital Studios Intl., a new unit focused on creating, distributing, and monetizing digital content for Viacom’s flagship brands outside of the U.S.

Netflix’s Chief Financial Officer, David Wells, will step down after 14 years with the company once he helps secure a successor.

IDW Entertainment President David Ozer is leaving the company to become an independent producer.

Comics licensee Bongo House is expected to shutter as its co-founder and creative director, Bill Morrison, moves on to helm MAD Magazine.

Julia Posen steps down from her role as EVP & Commercial Director at the Walker Books Group.

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