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Women In Toys appoints Delanie West as its first Diversity and Inclusion Chair

Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment has appointed Delanie West to its board of directors as the organisation’s first Diversity and Inclusion Chair. In her role, West will be leading the team’s efforts to cultivate diversity, inclusion, and belonging as critical priorities across its global community. The drive will commence …

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Toynamics welcomes Emma Finch to national account manager role for Skip Hop and Hape brands

Toynamics UK and Ireland has appointed Emma Finch to the role of national account manager. Finch previously worked at Skip Hop UK and brings with her a great experience of the nursery industry. In her new role, Finch will be active in integrating the Skip Hop and Hape ranges with …

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Mental health brand Book of Beasties puts children’s wellness at the top of the learning agenda

A London-based Children’s mental health games developer has launched a new platform for parents and teachers offering access to multi-award winning mental wellness and educational resources that prioritise mental wellness across the curriculum. Since publishing a series of free home learning kits to support children’s education throughout the COVID19 lockdown, …

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Mattel appoints new audit committee member to its board of directors

Mattel has appointed Diana S Ferguson, chief financial officer of Cleveland Avenue to the company’s board of directors, where she will serve on the audit committee of the board and assume the role of chair of the audit committee from September this year. “Diana is a highly experienced executive who …

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STEAM focused entertainment brand GoldieBlox prepares for “rapid growth over coming years”

The toy firm turned media and entertainment powerhouse, GoldieBlox has made a suite of new appointments to its leadership team as the company prepares for rapid growth in the coming years, including further moves into the consumer products sector, led by its new EVP of operations and partnerships, Tim Erickson. …

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The Insights People continues global growth with 10 new hires and new market launches

The kids’, parents, and family market intelligence experts, The Insights People is continuing with its global expansion plans, having hired ten new starters since the start of lockdown, made its move into new markets, and brought on board a host of new, big name clients including Amazon, LEGO, and Warner …

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Play-Room AIS’ Miles Penhallow to retire this September

Miles Penhallow, the head of toys and children’s gift at Play-Room AIS, is taking early retirement at the end of September this year following a successful 12 year tenure with the UK buying group. In a statement issued to ToyNews, Penhallow said he will be taking his leave of the …

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Cartamundi appoints Ann Viaene as its first global Chief Marketing Officer

Cartamundi has appointed its first global Chief Marketing Officer in the form of Kraft Foods’ former director of chocolate brands in Benelux, Ann Viaene. The move has been made as Cartamundi continues to grow its global position as a leader in playing cards, card games, and children’s games. Viaene made …

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University Games appoints Jessica Foreshew to national account manager role following acquisition of Lagoon Group

Games and puzzles specialist, University Games has welcomed Jessica Foreshew to the team. She will take on the role of national account manager, following the acquisition of The Lagoon Group last month. Foreshew has a wealth of experience in the gift sector, having joined The Lagoon Group in 2017 where …

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