Funko bolsters its EMEA marketing team following a year of growth across the region

Funko has bolstered its EMEA marketing team with a triple hiring for 2020, welcoming a new PR manager, marketing manager, and brand marketing manager to the team.

After another year of growth for the company throughout Europe, Funko has completed its EMEA marketing team with three new hires. Based in London, the team will implement marketing and PR plans to support its catalogue of products throughout key European regions.

Heading up PR is Angela Lee, who joins from Premier, where she served as account director working on publicity strategies for consumer entertainment properties with the likes of Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Entertainment One, Rakuten and Hearst Live. Lee will be leading on the brand’s PR strategy through consumer and trade media relations, publicity activations and supporting influencer engagement.

Meanwhile, a new marketing force comes in the form of Chris Barnett who joins from Entertainment One where he managed UK retail marketing for popular preschool brands Peppa Pig, PJ Masks, and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom.

Prior to this, Barnett was a buyer for the F&F menswear clothing range at Tesco across the UK and Central Europe, before joining the Tesco licensing team to develop the licensed personalised home and gifting proposition. He will be principal to marketing initiatives for leading retailers in the UK.

Finally, Liz Simpson will be spearheading brand marketing. She joins from Unilever where she led key strategic initiatives for global brands, driving innovation, market development and digital transformation, across the world’s leading FMCG products in homecare, beauty and personal care.

Previously, she worked for Unicharm, delivering marketing strategies and award-winning marketing campaigns in the Australian market. Simpson will be integral to marketing activations for Funko’s portfolio of sub-brands and its new categories being released this year.

Eva Verhaak, head of strategic marketing and sales, commented: “I am beyond thrilled the marketing team is now complete with an arsenal of new talent, from all different backgrounds of expertise to help continue our growth across EMEA.”

The team can be contacted at: (PR Manager) (Marketing Manager) (Brand Marketing Manager)

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