Mattel has hired Jessica Dunne as general manager and senior vice president for consumer products.
Dunne was formerly Disney’s exec VP for licensing for Disney Classic Characters and Disney Baby, as well as exec VP for global licensing for Disney consumer products. She will be responsible for Mattel’s brand licensing, for properties including Barbie, Hot Wheels, Monster High, Fisher-Price and American Girl.
She also joins Mattel’s leadership team, a group of senior execs who report to Mattel’s CEO. Dunne will remain in the US – she currently lives in Laguna Beach, California.
“Jessi's tremendous experience with building strategic initiatives around classic properties and growing successful franchises will complement our efforts as we continue to innovate and develop both our iconic brands and newer properties," said Tim Kilpin, exec VP, global brands team – boys and girls. "We look forward to welcoming her to the team."
David Allmark, exec VP, global brands team – Fisher-Price, added: "Jessi's unique understanding of infant and pre-school brands will prove invaluable as we continue to engage today's generation of parents and children with our products.”
Reporting to Kilpin and Allmark, Dunne will also support Jean McKenzie, exec VP for American Girl.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Mattel family," commented Dunne. "And I look forward to not only deepening mums' and kids' relationships with such household names as Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price and American Girl, but also cultivating and growing Mattel's up-and-coming brands and properties. This is certainly an exciting and dynamic time to be joining Mattel.”
Prior to joining Disney Consumer Products, Dunne served as senior vice president, network marketing and off-channel commerce at Cartoon Network, as well as various positions at consumer products companies.
Dunne also served on the Toy Industry Association's board of directors from 2007 to 2009.
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