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Spin Master’s COO and CIO step down in ‘senior leadership shake up’

Spin Master’s global president, chief operating officer, and board director, Ben Gadbois is stepping down from his role at the Canadian toymaker, effective immediately.

He is joined by Bill Hess, executive vice president, global operations and chief information officer, in a series of leadership changes that Spin Master says is ‘designed to optimise the company for growth.’

During their tenure, both Gadbois and Hess played instrumental roles in establishing Spin Master as a diversified global business.

In conjunction with these changes, Paul Blom has been appointed as the interim executive vice president, global operations and technology. Blom will be responsible for leading the company’s operations and IT teams across AsiaCanadathe USEurope and Mexico.

Blom is a veteran executive with global expansion experience who has held senior roles in all areas of operations at IBM, SMTC, CFM and Celestica.

Spin Master also announced that Tara Deakin, SVP Talent Management, will become executive vice president, human resources and chief people officer of Spin Master.

Prior to joining Spin Master in June 2019, Deakin held progressively senior roles at Rogers Communications, Citigroup and TD Bank in Canada and the US.

Ronnen Harary, Spin Master’s co-founder and co-chief executive officer, said: “We would like to thank both Ben and Bill for their significant contributions to Spin Master’s growth over the past seven years.

“We welcome Paul Blom to the Spin Master leadership team and congratulate Tara on her appointment. Both Paul and Tara have deep management experience and a proven track record of leadership.

“Paul is an agile and collaborative leader who brings strong operational expertise. His passion for excellence, paired with his extensive experience working with global teams makes him a strong addition to our leadership team.”

Anton Rabie, co-founder and co-chief executive officer, added: “Both Ronnen and I want to take this opportunity to thank our employees globally for their continued hard work and dedication. Together, we are reimagining where imagination can take us and harnessing our potential to entertain, create joy and inspire play for kids and their families.

“We are thrilled to announce Tara’s promotion to chief people officer. Tara is a transformational leader who will help position us for the next phase of our growth. Her appointment marks a critical moment in Spin Master’s evolution and our recognition of the need to raise the bar in leading, managing and developing our key asset – people.”

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