Golden Bear makes raft of staff changes as it prepares for continued global growth

The British toy company, Golden Bear has detailed a raft of staff changes as it prepares for continued global growth this year and beyond.

The firm will be bidding a fond farewell to sales director Julie Taylor, who is moving to a new position, and welcoming Becky Matthews (pictured left) to the newly created role of UK sales and marketing director. Matthews has been a senior national account manager in the business and will combine this with heading up the internal digital marketing team.

Matthews also leads the team that successfully delivered Golden Bear’s virtual Toy Fair platform. She steps into her new role formally from October 1st, after working side-by-side with Taylor to hand over before her departure at the end of September. She will be ably supported by longstanding senior national account manager, Michelle Fox to service the main national accounts.

Meanwhile, Claire Vernon and international sales team will now report directly into managing director, Barry Hughes, in order to ‘reflect the continued growth of international sales’ within the business.

In addition, Becs Henchey (pictured right) is being promoted to product and innovation director after joining the company last year as senior creative development manager. Golden Bear is also currently recruiting for a senior brand manager, marketing manager, an EMEA account manager among other roles.

Barry Hughes, managing director, Golden Bear, said: “Julie has been a very valued member of the Golden Bear team for more than 20 years, I thank her for her unrelenting hard work and we all wish her the very best in her new role. I’m delighted to see Becky step up to her new position as UK sales and marketing director, after an incredibly impressive career with us so far.

“And it’s exciting to see Becs also develop even further within our company, after a year that’s seen her impress the team with her creative, product development and commercial acumen. The business is continuing to build on last year’s growth and I’m keen to ensure we have the very best talent at every level.

“We’re evolving the team with new positions which are currently being advertised, and I look forward to welcoming yet more expertise into Golden Bear, to help drive our success both in the UK and internationally even further.”

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