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Who’s News: August 2020

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Update: Aug. 18, 2020

Foot Locker unveils a new organizational structure in an effort to improve its agility, speed and overall consumer experience:

  • Andy Gray is promoted to EVP & CCO.
  • Frank Bracken becomes the EVP & CEO of North America.
  • Scott Martin assumes the EVP & CEO of Asia Pacific role, in addition to his responsibilities as Chief Strategy & Development Officer.

Nike undergoes a series of senior leadership changes aimed around a new simpler consumer construct and unifying investments in an end-to-end technology foundation, including:

  • Under the leadership of Michael Spillane, President of Nike’s new Consumer Creation division, Amy Montagne becomes VP/GM Men’s, Whitney Malkiel becomes VP/GM Women’s, and McCallester Dowers becomes VP/GM Kids.
  • Within Nike’s geographic operating segments, Carl Grebert becomes VP/GM EMEA, succeeding Bert Hoyt, and Sarah Mensah is now VP/GM APLA (Asia Pacific & Latin America), succeeding Grebert. Ann Hebert and Angela Dong will remain the VP/GM for North America and Greater China, respectively. All Geography leaders report to Heidi O’Neill, President Consumer & Marketplace.
  • Craig A. Williams, President Jordan Brand, and G. Scott Uzzell, President & CEO Converse, join Nike’s executive leadership team reporting to John Donahoe.

Wow! Unlimited Media subsidiary Mainframe Studios appoints Tanya Green as Head Preschool. Her remit is to oversee all new preschool content including original IPs, co-productions, and global partnerships with creators.

Golden Goose welcomes new Product Director Rebeckah Dalton.

Phillippa Green takes up a new role at The Royal Mint as Licensing Manager.

ESL Gaming names Craig Levine as Co-CEO, succeeding David Neichel who will transition to a senior advisor role to the CEOs.

Monica Schwartz, formerly Home Depot’s VP Online Merchandising, is named the new SVP & Chief Digital Officer for BJ’s Wholesale.

Subnation adds Chris Mann as COO, Carla Rizzo as SVP Brand Partnerships, and Alec Strasmore as Head Influencer Relations.

Zac Scuffham departs as Director Partnerships & Business Development for J!NX alongside several other long-time employees of the lifestyle clothing brand.

Troy Young, the Global President of Hearst Magazines, resigns following published allegations of misconduct.

Tapestry CEO Jide Zeitlin resigns following questions of misconduct four months after the parentco of Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman had extended his contract for three years.

Aug. 13, 2020

Francois Tallec is promoted to Senior Director Consumer Products EMEA at Ubisoft.

Activision Blizzard recruits Major League Baseball deputy commissioner Tony Pettiti to oversee its esports and entertainment efforts, serving as President Sports & Entertainment and reporting directly to CEO Bobby Kotick.

Andrew Lawrence joins as Director Licensing of Texas based e-commerce company Gotham City Online.

Emily Aldridge starts a new position as Head Global Licensing at Abysse Corp.

GoldieBlox adds to its leadership team as the media and entertainment company prepares for rapid growth:

  • Tim Erickson fills the newly role of EVP Operations & Partnerships, tasked with creating brand experiences for partners through consumer products, innovative retail, and immersive storytelling as well as responsibility for business development and operations.
  • Melissa Schneider is named Chief Content Officer, overseeing content development, production, and platform partnerships.
  • Ferrell McDonald joins as CMO to oversee brand development, digital and traditional marketing, communications, and experiences.
  • Peter Pergola is appointed Operating Partner.
  • Elizabeth Miller is appointed Creative Director to develop the company’s brand narrative across functions and partners.

India- and Singapore-based animation studio Cosmos-Maya is expands its senior team in Mumbai with Priti Karandikar as SVP New Business. Reporting to CEO Anish Mehta, Priti’s immediate focus is in licensing and merchandising, EdTech content creation, and new digital media.

Mattel promotes Fred Soulie to SVP & GM of Mattel Television, with a remit to oversee development, production and distribution of the toyco’s TV slate.

Publisher Insight Editions promotes:

  • Vanessa Lopez to VP Licensing & Partnerships,
  • Steve Jones to VP Subsidiary Rights,
  • Julie Hamilton to VP Sales,
  • Chrissy Kwasnik to VP Creative, and
  • Roger Shaw to VP & Publisher Weldon Owen.

Pocket.watch taps Anshuman Misra to lead its second international office based in Singapore. Misra previously opened WarnerMedia’s first Indian office.

Agnes Chu leaves Disney after 12 years to join Condé Nast as President of Condé Nast Entertainment in September, reporting to CEO Roger Lynch. There’s no immediate word on a replacement at Disney for Chu, who will work with Ricky Strauss, President Content & Marketing for Disney Plus, on a transition plan over the next month.

At IDW Publishing, Jerry Bennington is now the company’s new President, Jud Meyers is Publisher, and Rebekah Cahalin is General Manager & EVP Operations for both IDW Publishing and IDW Entertainment. Unexpectedly, Meyers had been placed on administrative leave not one week after the announcement.

ViacomCBS Networks Intl. unveils four key leadership promotions in its Youth & Entertainment division, reporting to EVP Kerry Taylor:

  • Kelly Bradshaw expands her remit to serve as VP Brand & Content Strategy globally.
  • Craig Orr is now VP Content & Development, responsible for the development and commissioning of all original content for linear, digital and streaming platforms.
  • Kate Sils expands her role by taking on oversight of the Youth & Entertainment brands as VP VCNI Digital & Multiplatform.
  • Jemma Yates expands her role to serve as VP Programming & Acquisitions.

Rubie’s Masquerade and Bristol Novelty will merge their operations and office functions. Mike O’Connell, COO Rubie’s Masquerade and Managing Director at Bristol Novelty leads the integration and merger of resources, facilities and processes. Holly Oldham has left the company as U.K. Managing Director.

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