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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 …

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Former Games Workshop and Trunki man Toby Davies joins Steamforged Games as commercial director

Games Workshop’s former head of sales, global distribution and partners, Toby Davies, has taken up a new post as commercial director at the tabletop games developer and retailer, Steamforged Games. Before joining the team, Davies had spent three years at Games Workshop and seven years at Trunki, where, in both …

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Kidicraft bolsters its team with business development manager Peitr Cutler

The UK puzzles specialist, Kidicraft has bolstered its management team with the appointment of Peitr Cutler to the role of business development manager for the north of England. Cutler boasts 15 years’ experience as a key accounts manager, working with licensed, branded products in toys, textiles, luggage, stationery and housewares. …

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Former Toy Plus and Hasbro man Michael Block named CEO of Rainbow’s toy business Witty Toys

The European animation house and entertainment studio, Rainbow, has brought in the former Toy Plus director and senior Hasbro executive, Michael Block as CEO of its own toy company, Witty Toys. Block will drive the vision of the group forward, utilising his experience as an executive and entrepreneur in the …

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Asmodee Entertainment welcomes games marketing veteran Alexander Thieme to the division

Asmodee Entertainment has bolstered its booming licensing division with the appointment of the 20-year marketing and licensing veteran of the games industry, Alexander Thieme to the role of licensing manager. Thieme joins from Games Workshop and will be focusing on European licensing opportunities across Asmodee game brands such as Catan, …

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Rainbow Designs strengthens its sales force with new Midlands regional sales manager

Rainbow Designs is further strengthening its sales team with the appointment of a new regional sales manager for the Midlands, in the form of Nicola Dale. As well as managing the Midlands region, Dale will manage a number of key accounts within her role. She brings with her five years’ …

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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 …

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Clementoni welcomes Carianne Wylie as the team braces for further UK growth

The popular infant, science toys, and puzzles brand Clementoni has appointed Carianne Wylie to the role of national account manager. With over ten years’ experience in sales and retail management specifically in high street, specialist and online sectors, Wylie will be looking after existing key accounts as well as exploring …

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Read the Toy Fair special issue of ToyNews online today

The Toy Fair special issue of ToyNews is ready to read online, on your smart device or iPad – giving you look at the year ahead and the trends that will be hitting the toy industry the most. It’s the first ToyNews of 2020, and of the decade, making this …

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Bossing it… with Rachel Lowe: “Hindsight doesn’t change anything, I’m proud of everything I have achieved”

Hello Rachel, and welcome to Bossing It… You had another busy and successful year last year, how did your career in board games start, where did it all begin for you? My career in board games started when I was working as a part time taxi driver to pay my …

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