Canal Toys has appointed industry veteran Bill Uzell as president and CEO for its North and South American operations.
Uzell (pictured) arrives at the firm from Fashion Angels Enterprises, where he spent four years as EVP, helping to boost the company's awareness in the tween girls craft category.
His background also includes a stint as EVP of the electronic learning product toy division of Oregon Scientific and president of Digital Blue. Prior to that, Uzell was the worldwide manager of Smart Toys at Intel and served as director of sales at Mattel, Sega of America and Sony Corporation of America.
Patrick Krief, founder and international CEO of Canal Toys, commented: "We are overjoyed to have Bill lead our company in the Americas.
"His vast experience and successful career makes him the perfect leader for our company as we aggressively extend our success in Europe and Asia into North and South America."