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June 1, 2015

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John Kristick, Global CEO of GroupM ESP leads the company’s new ESP Properties and ESP Brands, which serve sports and entertainments rightsholders in identifying and negotiating partnerships. ESP Brands is managed regionally by North American CEO Bryce Townsend.

Sebastian Nystrom moves to Head of Strategy for Finnish grocery retailer S Group, from Head of New Products/Brand Licensing at Nokia’s Technologies unit. Nokia is currently looking into returning to the smartphones business through licensing after selling its phone business to Microsoft last year.

Perry Ellis International, Inc. promotes Oscar Feldenkreis to CEO at the start of its next fiscal year, from President/Chief Operating Officer, a role he has held since 1993. He replaces company founder George Feldenkreis, who transitions from CEO/Chairman to Executive Chairman of the Board.

Guggenheim Media Group, owner of The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, names Francisco Arenas SVP Business Development & Licensing, with the mandate of reaching younger audiences through branded products, promotions, retail activations and events.

Alicia Brattin becomes Director Licensing for Electronic Arts’ PopCap Games in an expansion of EA’s entertainment and licensing group and Popcap’s Plants vs. Zombies franchise. She was Licensing/Business Operations Manager for Microsoft’s Halo.

Trish Whalen becomes VP Business Development for the Ivanka Trump Collection, a role in which she will pursue new licensing partnerships. She previously headed Maxim magazine’s domestic licensing division.

Ralph Lauren Corp. promotes Christopher H. Peterson to President Global Brands, from EVP Chief Financial Officer as part of a global brand management restructuring. There will be six brand groups: the Ralph Lauren luxury brands, excluding home, under Valerie Hermann as brand President; Polo; Denim & Supply; Lauren, Chaps and American Living in the same group; Ralph Lauren Home, and Club Monaco.

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