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August 7, 2015

Who’s News

Neil Cole steps down as Chairman & CEO of Iconix Brand Group and is succeeded by board member Peter Cuneo on an interim basis. Cole is staying on with Iconix as a special advisor through Sept. 30.

Andy Comer is named VP Creative Services for Tommy Bahama and will develop brand strategies across all channels including licensing, wholesale, retail, e-commerce and restaurants.

Pop-culture and pet products firm The Coop makes a series of new hires, including Chris Hegerfeld as Licensing & Marketing VP, Joe Smith as CFO, Stacy Longstreet as Senior Product Director and Aloka Bhatt as Sourcing Director.

Vanessa Brookman leaves Viacom to take over the newly created position of VP Content/Creative U.K. & Northern Europe, at Turner Broadcasting.

Sesame Workshop names Tanya Haider EVP Strategy, Research & Ventures and Diana Lee EVP Human Resources.

Former Goldman Sachs investment banker Michael Evans is the new President of Alibaba and will head up the e-commerce giant’s globalization efforts outside its home base of China.

Clive Spink succeeds Andrew Smith as CEO of the New Zealand production company Pukeko Pictures.

Alex Berkett leaves Townsquare Media, the company he co-founded in 2010, to become SVP Corporate Development for Viacom.

Rich Magallanes is the new SVP Development & Production for Saban Brands, succeeding Brian Casentini who will move over to become SVP of the Power Rangers Franchise.

Golden Goose hires licensing veteran Phillippa Green as an Account Director.

Eric Winter joins Ultimate Fighting Championship as SVP & GM UFC Fight Pass, the league’s OTT service.

Technicolor names Sean Mullen Creative Director of its animation and games division and David Kern Technical Director Games and promotes former creative director Owen Hurley to Executive Director Creative.

Karen Ruby is the new SVP Human Resources for Fanatics, Inc.

Epic Rights promotes Jesper Poulsen to the position of VP Artist Digital Media & Brand Development.

Jennifer M. Brown becomes VP Publisher at Knopf Books for Young Readers on August 24.

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