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The Insights People continues to bolster business with eight new hires

The parents and family market intelligence outfit, The Insights People, is continuing to bolster its ranks having welcomes eight new starters to the rapidly expanding global business. Rick Myers has joined the firm from the Argentina-based kids’ media agency KidsCorp, taking up the role of business development director for LATAM, …

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Opinion | Lines of communication: Supporting mental health is more important than ever

Home-schooling, social restrictions, country-wide lockdowns and increased screen time among families that propelled the conversation around children’s mental well-being into the spotlight over the last few months, as concerns rise over the impact of the pandemic on the health of our younger generations. With this in mind, founder of the …

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University Games promotes Mark Jones and Gemma Lewington following year of ‘unprecedented growth’

The games and puzzles specialist, University Games has promoted two members of its senior management team as the firm positions itself for a successful 2021. The director level moves have seen Mark Jones – who joined the business in 2018 – promoted to the role of sales director, and Gemma …

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Ravensburger appoints Adam Sheppard to role of eCommerce Analyst

The UK’s games and puzzles specialist, Ravensburger, has appointed a new eCommerce Analyst in the form of Adam Sheppard. He brings with him a wealth of eCommerce experience. Sheppard previously held a position with Profitero, an eCommerce analytics company specialising in working with brands, manufacturers, and agencies to support growth …

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Kelvyn Gardner | Global licensing community pays tribute to industry’s ‘brightest star and biggest heart’

Tributes have been paid en masse from across the industry to ‘one of licensing’s brightest stars and biggest hearts’, Kelvyn Gardner, who very sadly died unexpectedly yesterday morning (January 26). As the tragic news broke throughout the evening, members from across the global licensing community were moved to share condolences …

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Toynamics UK prepares for “biggest year yet” with two new appointments

Toynamics UK and Ireland has appointed Emma Damerell as the head of marketing and Amy Sweetman as national account manager in a move to support what is set to be the “biggest year yet for Toynamics.” Damerell (pictured right) brings with her experience with a major fashion retailer as well …

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Jazwares names Laura Zebersky new president amid suite of top-level promotions

The global toys and licensing powerhouse, Jazwares, has promoted Laura Zebersky to the position of president. The 15-year veteran of the toy industry most recently held the title of chief commercial officer, overseeing its global licensing, marketing, and sales efforts. Judd Zebersky will remain as chief executive officer and the …

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Nominate your ToyNews Rising Stars today and celebrate the future of the toy industry

This month will see ToyNews celebrate the Rising Stars of the toy industry and is calling on you to send in your nominations for the individuals you think will be shaping the future of the toy scene, today. We will be celebrating the next generation of leaders and progressives from …

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LEGO appoints Colette Burke to EVP and CCO role as it eyes omnichannel and global expansion

The LEGO Group has appointed Colette Burke as its executive vice president and chief commercial officer. Burke will take up the role from January 1st 2021. She joins the LEGO Group from the consumer electronics company, Bose Corporation, where she held the position of vice president global sales. Her 25 …

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Obituary: Francis Spear, 1931 – 2020

Francis Spear, the former chairman of the family-founded J.W. Spear & Sons, a significant manufacturer of board games during the 20th century, passed away peacefully on December 13th 2020. He will be remembered fondly by all his work colleagues, his family and his many friends. Francis was born in the …

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