Hasbro's board of directors has experienced a reshuffle as Edward M. Philip appointed as lead independent director. He succeeds Basil L. Anderson, who retired from his position on the Hasbro Board effective as of the 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Alan R. Batkin also retired from Hasbro’s Board after 25 years of service.
Philip has more than 25 years of experience in strategic, business and financial planning in consumer and technology-based industries with companies such as The Walt Disney Company and Lycos. He is currently a special partner at Highland Consumer Fund, a consumer-oriented private equity fund.
“Both Basil and Alan have provided essential guidance and strategic leadership, and I want to thank them for their exemplary service and contribution to Hasbro’s success,” said Brian Goldner, chairman and CEO, Hasbro, Inc. “Ted’s leadership on our Board, combined with many years of experience as both an operating executive and chief financial officer of multinational corporations, have prepared him to fulfill the role of lead independent director. He contributes a unique combination of expertise in corporate finance, governance, consumer trends, technology and family entertainment, and we appreciate his willingness to take on this important role, which is critical to our corporate governance structure.”
“I'm truly honored to have the opportunity to continue to partner with Brian and his leadership team in this critical role,” Ted said. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I also want to extend a sincere and heartfelt thanks to Basil for his leadership, in setting the tone for this role as our first lead independent director, and to Alan for his invaluable service.”
The role of the lead independent director was established in 2015 to ensure independent decision making and functioning of the Board.