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Who’s News—April 2019

Are you hiring—or being promoted, changing jobs, retiring, launching a new company, or otherwise changing your employment?

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4/8/2019

CPLG promotes Brenda Draaisma to General Manager of CPLG Benelux, reporting in to Maarten Weck, who was recently named EVP & Managing Director of the business.

The Smiley Co. appoints a new German VP Sales in the form of Romina Ivanisevic, who will head up business development in Grmany, Austria and Switzerland.

Konami Digital Entertainment renames its New York City outpost from 4K Media to Konami Cross Media NY. The new name helps reflect the company’s evolving approach to managing IP for iconic gaming brands such as Yu-Gi-Oh! Bomberman, Contra, and Frogger.

Trends Intl. promotes Paul Beck to Senior Licensing Manager.

3/18/2019

Following Kevin Tsujihara’s resignation, WarnerMedia’s CEO John Stankey has picked three execs to manage Warner Bros. Entertainment alongside him on an interim basis. Peter Roth, President & CCO of Warner Bros. Television Group, adds the kids and young adult group to his remit. Toby Emmerich, Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, will handle the theatrical, home entertainment and games groups. Kim Williams, EVP & CFO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, oversees all other areas including Otter Media.

Metro Goldwyn Mayer hires Robert Marick as its new EVP Global Consumer Products & Experiences, working on brands like The Addams Family, Legally Blonde, The Handmaid’s Tale, Vikings, James Bond, and Pink Panther. Marick reports to MGM COO Christopher Brearton.

CPLG bolsters its team with Meike de Vaere, who joins as Retail Director Benelux, reporting to Brenda Draaisma (recently named General Manager Benelux), and Jennifer Gould, who joins as Brand & Retail Manager UK, reporting to Stacy Scimia, Category & Retail Director.

Mondo TV appoints Luana Perrero as Head Content Sales, reporting to CEO Matteo Corradi and working alongside the licensing division to strengthen the international presence of IP like Sissi the Young Empress, Yoohoo to the Rescue, and Robot Trains.

Safilo North America adds Victoria Hallberg to the newly created role of CMO.

Newell Brands President & CEO Michael Polk will retire at the end of the Q2; executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles has been hired to help identify his successor.

Swiss cookware manufacturer Kuhn Rikon names Jim Haskins GM of its U.S. business.

Marco Agnolin leaves as CEO of Diesel. Agnolin’s successor has yet to be named, and he is expected to stay on the Diesel board “to guarantee the completion of planned activities.”

Under Armour names Kasey Jarvis as its Chief Design Officer, replacing Dave Dombrow and reporting to Chief Product Pfficer Kevin Eskridge.

Tom Ford is tapped to head the CFDA following news that Diane von Furstenberg is ready to step down from the post. Furstenberg has served as the face of the organization for 13 years, working closely with President & CEO Steven Kolb, who joined in 2005.

Neiman Marcus SVP & Fashion Director Ken Downing steps down after 28 years. The department store has not yet filled his position as well as that of its recently departed chief merchant, Jim Gold.

Pier 1 plans to overhaul its operations over 2019, shedding 20 positions and making some new hires.

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