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May 18, 2015

Who’s News

Leslie Ferraro, a 16-year Disney veteran most recently as EVP of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, replaces Bob Chapek (current chairman of Parks and Resorts) as president of Disney Consumer Products where she will oversee global operations.Jim Gabel, president of Wolverine’s Performance Group, takes over day-to-day control of the Merrell brand after brand president Gene McCarthy leaves the company. In addition to Merrell, the Performance Group includes Saucony, Chaco, Cushe and Patagonia Footwear.

Global Brands Group names fashion retail veteran Adrienne Lazarus CEO of the Frye Company. Her mission: Turn the 150-year-old Frye leather products brand into a leading lifestyle label.

Alix Kram leaves the marketing agency she founded to become vice president, global brand licensing of Warner Music Group where she will oversee licensing strategy and new product lines development.

Planeta Junior hires former Hasbro executive Luis Ortega Bordes as country manager for Spain and Portugal.

Phil Carroll is the new interim head of sales for Pedigree Books with responsibility for driving sales across all channels including annuals, yearbooks, learning and seasonal activity formats for kids.

Licensing agency LMCA names Ted Curtin executive vice president, and Brian Sayre strategy and innovation consultant of its ProdigyWorks consulting subsidiary.

Juvenile products company Summer Infant, Inc names President and Chief Operating Officer Robert Stebenne Chief Executive Officer. Stebenne has 30 years of juvenile product marketing experience, including 20 years at Hasbro.

Parragon promotes president and COO Wendy Friedman to president creative, and UK MD Darren Witherall to president EMEA responsible for UK, Australia, New Zealand, India and Germany; Kim Brown also joins the firm as president for North America.

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