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Canal Toys names Anthony Grimaud its UK CEO

Canal Toys has expanded its senior team with the appointment of Anthony Grimaud as its UK CEO.

Working with Paul Clark, head of Canal Toys UK, the senior team will use its combined passion for toys to build its key brands in the UK market.

Bringing with him over 20 years’ experience in the toy industry, Grimaud boasts a background that has seen him work with Tiger Electronics, Hasbro, Spin Master and most recently as global VP at HTI.

Patrick Krief, group CEO of Canal Toys, said: “We are thrilled to have Anthony on board at Canal. He has a proven track record, extensive knowledge of the global retail environment and will undoubtedly accelerate our ambitious development plans for the UK market, working with Paul Clark, who launched the UK business earlier this year.

“Anthony’s acumen and passion for the toy industry will be a great asset in delivering results and support to our retail partners.”

Grimaud added: “I am totally thrilled to be joining Canal Group at such an important time in the company’s development. Canal Toys has an impressive range of cool, innovative and unique product and brands which will bring some real excitement to the arts and craft category.

“I am looking forward to working with our talented team and forging strong relationships with our UK retailers.”

Canal Toys will be launching a series of art and crafts brands including Power Dough, So Glow DIY and Style 4 Ever over the next few months.

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