Funko welcomes trio of new appointments to key leadership roles

Funko has welcomed several new appointments to key leadership roles.

Michael McBreen has been named chief operating officer, Sarathy Annamraju joins as chief information officer, and Tracy Daw has been appointed senior vice president and general counsel.

McBreen joins from Payless ShoeSource where he led all design, product development, sourcing, costing, materials, quality and social responsibility while Annamraju joins Funko from Microsoft where he spent more than a decade in various leadership roles.

Daw brings more than 15 years of in-house legal experience to Funko, and most recently, he served as general counsel at INRIX, a provider of connected driver services in cars.

“As we continue to expand our business and increase our diversification, it was critical to ensure we have the right resources and team in place to support our efforts,” said Brian Mariotti, president and CEO of Funko.

“The additions of Mike, Sarathy and Tracy, all highly respected and seasoned executives, significantly bolsters the depth and strength of our operations, technology and compliance expertise.

"Mike brings extensive operations experience, particularly with companies undergoing fast-paced growth and global development. Sarathy’s expertise in building high performing global technology teams to deliver breakthrough customer experiences will be invaluable as we continue to focus on elevating our connected ecosystem to further engage with our fans. Furthermore, Tracy’s deep legal knowledge and background will provide the oversight and structure needed as we execute on our growth strategy.

“These new additions build upon our strong existing management team that includes highly talented individuals like Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Company veteran Ben Butcher, our Vice President of Creative. I’m confident that their combined insight and expertise will help Funko to continue to lead the market as the one-stop provider of all fan-based pop culture merchandise.”

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