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Former Mattel exec John Kimble joins Jakks Pacific

Jakks Pacific has appointed the former Mattel executive John Kimble as its new chief financial officer. Kimble will replace Brent Novak who was responsible for bringing Jakks Pacific through a recapitalisation process earlier this year. Kimble previously led the corporate development for Mattel. Jakks Pacific is currently valued at $29 …

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Marbel positions for growth with new UK headquarters and new team

The UK toy distributor, Marbel, has officially opened its new offices, following a relocation of its UK headquarters to Leicestershire. The new HQ opened its doors on November 4 this year. With the move comes a new team for Marbel, this includes customer service, marketing and finance staff all “ready …

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Art + Science welcomes Verity Groom to international sales and marketing role

Art + Science International has bolstered its team with the appointment of Verity Groom as international sales and marketing manager. Groom will become an integral part of the team as her role will see her responsible for increasing international sales opportunities and managing partnerships, as well as raising brand awareness …

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The Entertainer and The Salvation Army launch The Big Toy Appeal 2019

The Entertainer has partnered with The Salvation Army to launch a campaign to give as many underprivileged children as possible the joy of opening a present on Christmas day. The Big Toy Appeal encourages customers to pick up an extra toy to donate when they visit The Entertainer stores or …

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The Toy Association to induct industry-defining trio into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame

The founder and CEO of Playmates, Thomas Chan, the man responsible for founding Little Tikes, Thomas G Murdoph, and the late Harry Kislevitz, founder of Colorforms Corporation, are each to be inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame this year. The individuals were nominated for induction and voted on …

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Bandai UK bolsters brand management team with double appointment

Bandai UK has appointed two new brand managers, welcoming Magali Clouzet and Priya Jadeja to the team to develop and drive brand strategies across all Bandai UK brands. The pair’s remit will span the likes of Bananas, Dragon Ball, Thunderbirds Are Go, National Geographic and Foodie Surprise. Jadeja (pictured top …

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Former LEGO man Craig Mair joins the Funrise UK team

Toy industry veteran, Craig Mair has joined the Funrise UK team, taking up the role of national account manager for UK and Ireland. Mair will use his 20 years’ experience to fulfil the role, having gained a wealth of industry contacts through his 17 year stint at LEGO at which …

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Hasbro names Matthew Austin president and GM for European sales and marketing

Hasbro has appointed a new president and general manager for its European sales and marketing team, in the form of Matthew Austin. In his new role, Austin will be leading Hasbro SA’s services and distribution network across Europe. He joins from :Lindt & Sprungli, where he was CEO for the …

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Confessions of a game designer: An interview with the prolific Rustan Hakansson

From playing, to organising major tournaments, to working with big distributors and publishers, as well as a stint with the Board Game Geek team, before turning pro at game design in more recent years, the Swedish board gaming expert, Rustan Hakansson’s knowledge of the sector spans just about every aspect …

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Marianne James joins Hasbro as VP EMEA consumer products

The licensing industry’s Marianne James has been named the new vice president, EMEA consumer products at Hasbro. She will take up the position effective November 11 this year. James joins the global toymaker and children’s entertainment powerhouse from Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products, where she has served as vice president, licensing, …

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