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June 15, 2015

Who’s News

Current COO Ron Ventricelli succeeds Leong Kwok Yee as CFO of Global Brands Group.Corporate finance veteran Lauren Cooks Levitan is the new CFO of Fanatics, Inc.Jordan Levin is hired by the NFL for the newly created position of Chief Content Officer to oversee and grow the League’s media assets, including NFL Network, NFL Digital Media, NFL Films and external media partnerships.

Kohl’s Corporation promotes Michelle Gass to the newly created position of chief merchandising and customer officer with responsibility for product development and customer engagement.

Andy Mooney is now CEO of Fender Musical Instruments. He most recently worked at Quicksilver Inc. and led Disney Consumer Products for more than a decade.

Nickelodeon gives new jobs to three retail development team members: Jose L. Castro moves up to SVP Retail Development; Andrea Stein joins as VP Retail Development for grocery/drug/club; and Jessica Vazquez joins as VP E-Commerce Sales Development.

Doris Miller takes on additional duties as VP Global Retail Sales & Business Development at Discovery Consumer Products.

Prominent Brand + Talent is a new brand management and development agency opened by four industry veterans: Daniel J. Levin (talent and licensing); Michael Catalano (global brand strategist and talent manager); Paul Flett (business development and consumer marketing); and Andrew Greenberg (entertainment).

Katey Gabrielson also joins the new Prominent Brand + Talent team as EVP.

David Brandon becomes Chairman & CEO of Toys ‘R’ Us replacing retiring Chairman & CEO Antonio Urcelay.

Michael Francis, Chief Global Brand Officer at DreamWorks Animation SKG joins the board of Xcel Brands.

Lizenzwerft appoints Helena Kohpeiß as Sales Director. She is an apparel specialist who worked with Li & Fung and the Wünsche Gruppe.

The Jim Henson Company hires Federico San Martin as VP Global Consumer Products. He was Head of Global Toys at DreamWorks Animation.

Theresa Palermo is EVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Vera Bradley, Inc., from VP Global Marketing & Public Relations, Fossil Group.

The Walt Disney Co. CFO Jay Rasulo will resign at the end of June, with no replacement immediately named. The move is believed to be related to succession planning at Disney and to clear the way for Chief Operating Officer Tom Staggs to succeed company CEO Bob Iger, who is scheduled to step down in 2018.

Performance Sports Group Ltd. appoints Amir Rosenthal President, PSG Brands, overseeing a brand portfolio that includes Bauer, Mission, Maverik, Cascade, Inaria, Combat and Easton. Rosenthal was CFO/EVP Finance & Administration.

David Kleeman is SVP Global Trends for Dubit, a kids entertainment developer and consultancy. He previously was PlayVangelist & SVP Insights Programs at PlayCollective.

Wolverine Worldwide makes Michael D. Stornant SVP/CFO & Treasurer, to succeed Donald T. Grimes, who left to become EVP/Chief Operating Officer & CFO for Neiman Marcus Group.

Mizuno USA appoints Mark M. O’Brien as VP Brand Marketing & Management.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment adds David Miller in the newly created role of VP Digital Games. He was a marketing and new business consultant for Indigo Pearl UK.

BBC Worldwide North America Chief Operating Officer Ann Sarnoff takes over as President when Herb Scannell steps down on Aug. 1.

Global Brands Group names Jason Weisenfeld President of Seven Global, its recently announced joint venture with David Beckham and Simon Fuller..

Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products appoints Sandra Vauthier-Cellier SVP of EMEA territories and Marina Lum-Kang Executive Director Latin America.

Scripps Networks Latin America promotes Adriana Alcantara to VP Marketing & Production and Claudia Clauhs to VP Programming as part of the rollout of Food Network across the region.

Jordan Sollitto, EVP International Licensing at Warner Bros. Consumer Products, leaves the company in July after 23 years with the studio.

Hasbro ups Michelle Micone to VP of North American licensing and names Meghan McCarthy to the newly created post of Head of Storytelling.

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