Chris Isitt is stepping down from his role as vice president of EMEA and Australia and managing director of Rubie’s Masquerade by the end of next month.
Over his 22 year tenure with Rubie’s, Isitt has helped to build its international team as well as oversee major licensing portfolio acquisitions while setting the firm on a path to success in the UK and European markets.
‘He will always be a treasured member of the Rubie’s family and we wish him continued success in all of his endeavours,” read a statement from the firm.
Meanwhile, Rubie’s has appointed Peter Warton to the role of executive director of Rubie’s Masquerade and International Licensing. Warton currently serves as the chief executive officer of Rubie’s Deerfield, and previously served as the managing director of Deerfield Pty.
‘He is a proven leader with expertise in motivating individuals and teams, building strong partnerships with licensors and customers, and expanding operations,’ said the company. ‘Under Pete’s leadership, Rubie’s Deerfield has grown exponentially, and we are confident that he will see the same success in his new role.’
Warton will be spending the majority of his time in the UK to work closely with Holly Oldham as the managing director of Rubie’s Masquerade to continue to grow the business in addition to his responsibilities at Rubie’s Deerfield.
He will also be working with Mike O’Connell at Bristol Novelties and Graham Gardiner’s international sales team as Rubie’s continues its ongoing initiatives to evolve and transform the business in the new decade.
Warton will be in the Wallingford offices beginning in February.
‘The Rubie’s family looks forward to continuing to foster its relationships with customers and licensors as well as this next chapter of ambitious international growth and development,’ said the firm.