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Who’s News: June 2019

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

Contact the Editor at karina@plainlanguagemedia.com to announce the news in our next issue of Who’s News.

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5/9/2019

Current Disney President Alan Bergman is promoted to Co-Chairman of the studio’s entertainment division, while current Chairman Alan Horn will assume the additional title of Chief Creative Officer. Both executives will report directly to Bob Iger as they jointly oversee Disney’s film, music, and theater groups, as well as the studios’ global marketing, distribution, communications, and human resources departments.

Crunchyroll promotes San Francisco-based Jasmine Downey to Licensing Specialist and Tokyo-based Tiffany Suzuki to Senior Licensing Specialist. Both report to John Leonhardt, Head Consumer Products.

Linda Wells exits Revlon as Chief Creative Officer, but she still be consulting with the beauty company for Flesh, a makeup line she launched exclusively at Ulta Beauty in 2018.

5/6/2019

Lionsgate hires former Warner Bros. exec Lynn Whitney as Head Worldwide Paid Media, Partnerships, Promotions & Consumer Products. She will aggressively build out maximum impact media campaigns as well as oversee partnerships, promotions, and consumer products—led by Paula Kupfer, who reports to Whitney—under a single synergistic new media unit within the studio’s re-imagined Global Marketing division.

Sambro names Tony Hicks its new CEO.

Russell Nickel plans to step down as CFO of Funko by the end of 2019. He will remaining during the search for his successor and to ensure an orderly transition.

Saucony div. Wolverine Worldwide appoints Nike veteran Shawn M. Hoy as VP Global Product.

Sustainable shoe brand Rothy’s appoints Dayna Quanbeck as the brand’s first full-time CFO.

Dick’s Sporting Goods appoints Ed Plummer as the company’s CMO and Steve Miller as SVP Strategy & Analytics. Both will report to Lauren Hobart, President of Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Epic Story Media hires Jessica Labi as Head Distribution & Brand Strategy and David Sztoser as Head Licensing & Merchandise.

Arnaud Bazin joins Versace as its new SVP Collection Merchandising.

Modell’s Sporting Goods officially hires David Stern as EVP & CFO.

Toronto-based casual chain Roots appoints Nancy Lepler as its Chief Merchant.

Co-founder & CEO Boris Sofman announces that robotics company Anki is shutting down.

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Assn. (JPMA) elects six new officers to its board:

  • Chair: Brad Mattarocci, VP, Baby Trend
  • Vice Chair: Jennifer Mitchell, CEO, MAM USA
  • Treasurer: Sean Beckstrom, Graco Children’s Products/Newell Brands
  • David Cunningham, Founder, VisioCap/BreathableBaby
  • Mary Beth Schneider, VP & General Counsel, Summer Infant
  • Gary Weber, VP Design, Mattel/Fisher-Price
  • Dave Taylor, CFO, Goodbaby/Evenflo, will remain on the board, serving as the immediate past chairman for the group.

The Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence (SPLiCE) celebrates 15 years of collaboration between brand licensors across the globe.

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