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April 20, 2015

Who’s News

Former Beanstalk exec Suzanne Jacober becomes director of business development for content marketing agency McMurry/TMG and will focus on identifying Fortune 1000 brands ripe for leveraging.Margaret Loesch replaces Jeff Weiss on the board of directors of Genius Brands International. Weiss is stepping down as president and chief operating officer of American Greeting but staying on as an advisor.Entertainment One promotes Nina Leong to senior vice president, lifestyle, with responsibility for growing its pop culture brands Skelanimals and So So Happy worldwide.

Lindsey Bonney, a 14-year home fashion and textile manufacturing veteran, is now in charge of the EMEA region supply chain operations for bedding and homeware licensee Character World.

Samira Ali joins Jewel Branding & Licensing as Director of Retail Development and will work out of the firm’s newly opened Los Angeles office.

Stan Denenberg is the new licensing director for golf ball brand Volvik and will seek out golf and licensing, co-branding and collaboration opportunities in the golf and lifestyle space.

Vincent Wauters, the current general manager of Amer Sports’ Arc’teryx Inc. brand, is taking on an added responsibility: president of the Amer Sports (which includes Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Arc’teryx, Mavic, Suunto and Precor) apparel business.

Reg McLay becomes senior vice president of Toys ‘R’ Us’ Babies ‘R’ Us business on March 30. His mandate: lead the U.S. merchandising team and drive product innovation and differentiation in services across Babies ‘R’ Us’ nationwide stores.

DeAPlaneta Group promotes Pio Vernis to marketing director with responsibility for maximizing the synergies between the company’s DeAPlaneta Cina and Planeta Junior operations.

Dave Powers is promoted to president of Deckers Brands where he will lead the organization and its Ugg, Teva, Sanuk, Ahnu and Hoka One brand teams.

Peter Maule, former Disney and Nelvana Enterprises exec, joins Nitro Circus as global head of licensing responsible for developing strategic licensing partnerships worldwide across all product categories.

Rachel Marcus, former digital content development producer at Nickelodeon US, joins Toronto’s Guru Studio as its new development executive with responsibility for developing all domestic and international content, sourcing IPs and overseeing strategic positioning.


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