Tag Archives: People

The Genius of Play encourages industry professionals to join its new Ambassador programme

The Toy Association’s The Genius of Play platform, an initiative developed to offer families information and inspiration surrounding all aspects of play, is inviting toy industry professionals from across the globe to apply to its newly launched The Genius of Play Ambassador programme. The industry organisation is encouraging individuals working …

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Mattel names Jonathan Anschell its new executive vice president, chief legal officer, and secretary

The global toy maker Mattel has named Jonathan Anschell its new executive vice president, chief legal officer, and secretary, effective January 1, 2021, succeeding from the firm’s long-time director Robert Normile, who will remain with Mattel in an executive advisory role until April next year. In his new role, Anschell …

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Inside the Industry: “It’s now critical to equip kids to be the change-makers of tomorrow”

The obligatory references to the film Big, made by almost everyone outside of the industry who asks what it is we all do, aside, a career in toys is often a fascinating and fulfilling one. It’s peculiar then that it is also a career, that, for many of us, we …

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Hasbro president and COO John Frascotti announces plans to retire from the firm next March

Hasbro’s president and chief operating officer, John Frascotti, has revealed his plans to retire from his current position with the global toy company when his contract comes to an end on March 31, 2021. Frascotti will remain employed by the company for one year in the role of special advisor …

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Bossing It: “My work to tackle unsafe toys is the most rewarding” – BTHA’s Natasha Crookes

Each month, ToyNews finds an industry bigwig to put through the ringer with a series of prying questions. This month, it’s BTHA’s director of public affairs and communications, Natasha Crookes Firstly, well done on the recent half marathon and money raising (over £2,000) for the ToyTrust. What compelled you to …

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